I used to be embarrassed for Jumbo Kingdom, which seemed gaudy and out of date after hip Chinese restaurants changed the Hong Kong dining scene toward the end of the last century. Now, this over-the-top Cantonese restaurant on steroids seems almost quaint, an outrageously ornate palace that claims to be the largest floating restaurant in the world. Open since 1976, it's reached by taking the restaurant's free shuttle boat from the Aberdeen Promenade, which takes you past Aberdeen's famous fishing fleet on the short ride to the restaurant (tip: you'll want to have your camera ready for the approach to the restaurant). Kids love this ride. Inside, you have your choice of the bustling main dining hall, where it's first-come, first-served, or the more formal Dragon Court, but both offer an overwhelming selection of fresh seafood (onboard tanks accommodate more than 60 different kinds of creatures), as well as other Cantonese dishes like roasted Peking duck, soya chicken, and dim sum. In fact, dim sum in the main hall is my favorite meal here (it's cheaper, too), available until 4pm and even served from trolleys on Sundays and holidays (be prepared for the wait).
Hong Kong› Restaurant
Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong Island
Our Rating Neighborhood Hong Kong Island Hours Mon–Sat 11am–11:30pm, Sun and holidays 9am–11:30pm Transportation Bus: 7 or 70 from Central, 72 or 77 from Causeway Bay, or 973 from Tsim Sha Tsui to Aberdeen, and then the restaurant's free shuttle boat Phone 852/2553-9111 Prices Main dishes HK$180–HK$450, dim sum HK$22–HK$42; table charge HK$15 per person Cuisine Type Cantonese/Dim Sum Web site Jumbo Kingdom
MapAberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong
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