Empire Hotel Kowloon Hong Kong
Empire Hotel Kowloon Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui is located in one of the many side streets that link to the Nathan Road. The side streets in this part of Tsim Sha Tsui are simply full of medium to low priced trendy fashion boutiques and factory outlets. Beauty salons and cosmetic shops top it up to be the beauty centre in Kowloon.
When you come out from the Empire Hotel Kowloon, if you turn left, it will take you to the busy main road called Nathan Road. It’s like Orchard Road in Singapore just that Nathan Road is so long that it crosses 4 districts in Kowloon – Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordon, Yau Ma Tei and Mongkok. On the other side of Nathan Road is Park Lane shopping area. Above Park Lane is the Kowloon Park where you can sit and relax by the fountain or if you are with kids, they will enjoy a visit to the aviary.
The Empire Hotel Kowloon is quite close to the Science Museum and Hong Kong Museum of History. Notice that these museums open in the afternoon and are free on Wednesday. The only catch to go on Wednesday is that it will be full of school kids and parents who take their children there so it can be quite noisy and more crowded than usual.
The Empire Hotel Kowloon looks new and modern outside. The lobby is spacious and has very high ceiling. The reception desk is on the left hand side while lounge bar and restaurant can be accessed from the steps on the right. (more pictures of the Empire Hotel)
Empire Hotel Kowloon's Restaurants:
I haven’t stayed there and don’t know anyone who had so I don’t know the quality and status of the guest rooms. But I’ve been to their restaurant Empire’s Kitchen once for lunch. The lunch buffet is cheap - $88 per person. But it’s $98 for one executive set lunch. So you go to their buffet for the varieties. The restaurant is rectangular with windows on the narrow ends though there is not much of a view. One odd thing in the restaurant is that there are two televisions in the restaurant and one of them with volume on. I wonder how much is it for the customers and how much for the bored staff because the restaurant is not busy. It was only 10% full during the whole lunch session.
Choices of appetizers are salad, cold cuts, salmon and sushi. Green salads are of lettuce, cucumber, sweet corn, kidney beans and tomatoes, not much imported varieties of vegetables. Pumpkin soup doesn’t taste quite right. It seems the flour for thickening the soup is not cooked.
You can see the small kitchen behind the main course counter. Main course dishes are mainly Asian cuisine – fried rice, fried noodle, Choi Sum (local vegetable) with assorted mushrooms, steamed fish, deep fried sweet potatoes, ox tail stew, Thai style pandan leaves wrapped chicken and roast beef. I like the vegetables and Thai style chicken most.
It was 2pm, I was waiting for my mum to finish her main course so that we could go and chose some desserts. At this time, a waitress delivered two soufflés to our table. I suppose she doesn’t want to waste it?! Though she hasn’t asked if we want it or not. Other desserts include cheese cake, cream cake (more of local style), fruit and Thai style coconut and sago in pandan leaves. Maybe I have a personal preference to the pandan leaves, I also suspect that their chefs are better at Asian cuisine.
There are two other restaurants - Zino Coffee bar & Lounge and Daidaiya Japanese Restaurant. This is their current promotions.
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