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Dining Solo in Hong Kong

singleguychef | Mar 3, 2011 11:32 AM

I'm going to be in Hong Kong at the end of this month for a week, traveling by myself. I've searched this board for some buzz places and got some really good suggestions. But I'm wondering about the whole experience being a solo diner and what that'll be like as well as what the typical dress code will be.

I'm not really concerned about when I go to the Dai Pai Dong places or smaller restaurants, I'm more interested on people's views about visiting restaurants at hotels. For example, I'm thinking of going to Nanhai No. 1 and Hoi King Heen, and maybe checking out the new Ritz Carlton which opens two days before I arrive (and checking out Tin Lung Heen).

My questions are:

1) For these type of places, can I walk in or do I need to make reservations for one?

2) When are the peak times of dining for dinner, and what time would you suggest I go when it won't be super crowded but I'd still get good options and not have things run out on the menu?

3) Most of these places describe their dress as "smart casual." What does that mean in Hong Kong? Do I need a coat, or even a tie? Can I wear nice jeans? Can I just come in with a long-sleeve business shirt? Because I know Hong Kong might be hot, I don't really like to pack a lot of super nice clothing or coats, so hoping smart casual is really smart casual. (FYI, I live in California where you can go to nice restaurants in jeans.)

Also, this is unrelated to solo dining, but if you have any Hong Kong delicacies you feel I should definitely try, please let me know. I speak Cantonese but don't read Chinese, so I'm going to have to ask for things. But if I don't know to ask for something, I may miss out on a specialty that I can only get in Hong Kong.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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