Everybody in Hong Kong has at least three favorite places for lunch. First is somewhere they visit on a regular basis, probably near the office, where the staff know what they're going to order the moment they walk in the door. Second is somewhere similarly nearby, but rather more expensive, a place to entertain important guests or celebrate a special occasion. And third is somewhere that they'll travel to just because the food is so good – a particular brand of Chinese cuisine, a special dessert menu, a seasonal specialty.
So it doesn't take much detective work to realize that lunch occupies an important part of every Hong Konger's day. It's not simply a matter of eating, but a chance to share some time with friends or colleagues. Food is one of the main topics of Hong Kong conversation – a good ice-breaker for out-of-towners.
And the choice is practically endless, from hole-in-the-wall eateries on a street corner with chairs and tables spilling out onto the sidewalk, to smartly designed homages to gastronomy with harbor views to match. And while Gaddi's is probably one of the most highly respected (and expensive) there are plenty of other marvelous eateries such as Va Bene and The Optimist.
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