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13 Jun, 2009

H K Diner (荷李活)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food|United Kingdom

This post is dated back to last Christmas when we went to London for a trip. We arrived on the 26th of December early in the morning and our friends gave us a call, telling us to go to Selfridges department store near Bond Street Underground to meet them up. Designer brands were at half price discounts on boxing day, it was understandable that Selfridges was overcrowded. Later at night, we heard from the BBC news that the first person who queued in front of Selfridges started waiting at about 4am, withstanding the cold weather for branded products.

The same goes for Harrods which is located near Knightsbridge Underground.

Gucci was having half price discount, the queue was extremely long.

As for Louis Vuitton, there was no discount on that day but their business flourishes as other brands. It was quite hard to tell at that moment whether Britain was really having an economy downfall.

To get away from the crowd, we decided to visit the Harrods food hall instead. So here we are, in a food paradise.

The fruits looked so fresh and pretty.

A variety of cheeses offered by Harrods.

Harrods offers a wide variety of food, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Dutch, German, Russian, almost everything! The way the food counters were arranged are fascinating, the sight of it made our stomach growl wildly.

Chinese food by Harrods, it looks tempting! But of course, extremely expensive.

We took a photo of the lobster salad which appealed to us.

Can’t afford to spend so much for food in Harrods. So we went to China Town to look for a Chinese restaurant that serves great food which are reasonably priced. We passed by this restaurant and I suggested to have our lunch there. This was where I used to hang out during my short stay in London. I’ve been here quite a few times and their food never let me down.

Priced at £3.30, this grape bubble tea (香槟葡萄珍珠茶) was expensive if converted to Ringgit Malaysia but we went on to order it since we missed it so much. It tasted great, nice and refreshing!

Ys had a curry beef rice (咖喱牛腩饭) for £5.50. According to him, it tasted great, the curry was not too spicy but very aromatic. The portion served was really large and the beef was moist, smooth and tender. A reasonable price for good food.

As for me, I had stir-fried pork, eggplant and vegetables with chilli sauce with rice (鱼香茄子饭) for £6.00. The taste did not change since I’ve been there about two years ago, it remained delicious, they are still serving authentic Chinese food as before. It was rather spicy, exactly how I want it to be.

Service was rather moderate somehow. But it didn’t matter much to us. The environment was clean and most of all, the food was delicious and the price for main meals was reasonable. However, drinks were a little expensive. The location was strategic and the restaurant opens at midday until 4am, it might be a good place for food after a drink at the pub. For more photos of London attractions, please refer to our previous post here.

Restaurant Information
22 Wardour Street (华都街),
Soho,
London W1D 3HD,
United Kingdom.
Tel: 02074349455

12 Responses to "H K Diner (荷李活)"

1 | Selba

June 14th, 2009 at 12:35 am

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Harrods! Thanks for sharing the pictures of it from your lens! Beautiful… When I was in London for a week, everyday it's a MUST to visit Harrods and lunch in Chinatown! Weird, huh? Hehehe…

The grape bubble tea looks good. I love bubble tea, here in Jakarta, it considered as an expensive drink, almost the same price as a cup of starbucks coffee.

2 | fufu

June 14th, 2009 at 12:38 am

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yeah… miss london so much!!! wish i could be back again sooner =p anyway i had japanese food somewhere near chinatown… it was nice =p big portion for only 4++pounds i still have tonnes of stuff to write before the london trip >.<

3 | Little Inbox

June 14th, 2009 at 12:55 am

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Nice photos! Overseas fruit always fresher and bigger compared to what we have in M'sia.

4 | ♥peachkins♥

June 14th, 2009 at 5:29 am

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great pictures.such mouthwatering goodies..

5 | ai wei

June 14th, 2009 at 7:02 am

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daer, i love the colorful pics and food from Harrods. LV seems to be really crowded even without sales!!!

seems like u both had a wonderful time in london. that's so much fun werrr! i will be there someday. be prepare to 迎接 me! muahahaha

6 | Sugar Bean

June 14th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

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Selba, you're welcome! We totally understand what you mean, though we didn't visit Harrods frequently, we would shop a lot in London and have lunch/dinner in Chinatown, haha! It's like a routine, very fun! Oh, we didn't know that bubble tea is expensive in Jakarta, it's really like a luxury!

fufu, London is a very lively and happening city, we miss the city a lot too, so much fun! And food are usually cheaper in London than other places in the UK. So nice that you had a good deal in a Japanese restaurant. Looking forward to read your post in London. Add oil in writing!

Little Inbox, thank you! Hmm… Somehow we don't really think it's true, maybe for some fruits but not all. For example, watermelon and honeydew are really small in the UK. :)

♥peachkins♥, thank you! It was a delightful lunch. We would drool looking at the food photos too. ^^

Ai Wei, yeah, we love Harrods food hall too, they have so much to offer! No problem, anytime we'll be welcoming you! :)

7 | J2Kfm

June 15th, 2009 at 1:39 am

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how cool. to have every type of cuisine imaginable at Harrods?

8 | 嘉CacinG進

June 15th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

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hahaha~~ it seem tat ppl oversea also have the same culture as m;sia. Thing tat is in good discount ppl will go crazy!!

gosh~!! really too fake to be 'fresh'!!

seriously they maintain their std well!!?!

9 | Jenn@slim-shoppin

June 15th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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Wow, what a beautiful place.

I don't know if I could wait in line that long, even for a discount!

Love the pictures!

10 | ling239

June 16th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

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Harrods is now at KLCC too!
but it offers limited food choices….

11 | Sugar Bean

June 16th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

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J2Kfm, yeah, we think they really offer a large variety of food. It's really good, you get everything under one roof!

嘉 CacinG進, haha, good one, definitely got that right. But I guess most people in this world would be going after discount items. Haha, do you refer to the fruits? We do think that the fruits were too fresh and looked a little fake. Haha! Not too sure but we guess they do maintain their standard well.

Jenn@slim-shoppin, thank you! You have a point, it's quite hard to queue outside, especially during winter.

ling239, yeah, read it from other blogs about Harrods food. Though limited, their food looks quite nice and exquisite. ^^

12 | Big Boys Oven

June 16th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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wow! I miss London….. I always spend my christmas wth my aunt or my close buddy lawyer cassandra! miss her too!

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