New Japanese lunch spot on McGregor Street

After promising to have lunch together for at least 4 months, my friend PB and I finally agreed on a date.

“What are we having?” asked PB, “I can have anything.”

Since we went to Samsen on our last date, I thought we should try something new.

“A few options… new Thai place, new Japanese place, burger joint, fish n chip joint…”….”Pick one”.

Japanese it was. Full disclosure to her that I’d never been and was curious to check it out.

It’s one of these hole in the wall restaurants that does not make any effort to welcome you. The window panes are frosted so you can’t peer in, the menus are written in chinese (only an issue if you can’t read it) -and most of it is sushi or skewer based- but the restaurant goes through the effort of having an English name printed on the signboard. It’s called Silver House Japanese Restaurant (首庫居日本料理).

I remember seeing it on the launch day when a row of flowers lined the street in front of the restaurant and people stood on the pavement looking in. I thought it was all a bit odd as staff and presumably owners brought in large plastic bags of packed food and they sort of stood around consuming it. Shouldn’t a launch party have a bit more organisation to it than that? Anyway.

We got there promptly at noon when the restaurant had just opened and was completely empty. The waitress presented us with a lunch menu consisting of about 8 different sets and told us that the a -la-carte sushi and skewers wee only available for dinner.

We settled on sharing a quick seared salmon sushi bowl and an eel bowl.

First came the salad, a small but tasty portion, I forgot to take a photo.

Next came a simple miso soup.

Then the eel bowl arrived.

The eel tasted fine with the teriyaki sauce but the texture was a tad soft.

This salmon bowl was nicely done. I could definitely have this again.

Dessert finals, a small fruit palate cleanser. The melon was ripe, succulent and sweet. The grapes weren’t bad, but they definitely weren’t japanese 😉

The salmon set was $128 and the eel bowl was $88, very reasonable lunchtime prices.

The restaurant was full to maximum capacity when we left. Some fashionable types, some office types and some singles looking to tuck in alongside their mobile phone.

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What’s the smell of Hong Kong Winter time? 

No, it’s not the smell of coal power stations…although quite often that’s what it smells like in Hong Kong on polluted winter days.

Walking across the traffic crossing towards Wan Chai MTR, a wonderful scent of roasted chestnuts filled my nostrils. It’s winter time!

Yum yum. I haven’t had any yet… but I’m sure these ladies will be somewhere around here as long as no buskers get the spot first.

They are also often across the street by the Hang Seng bank.

Petite woman in a red dress

Surely all men must know that inebriation to any significant degree can end in all sorts of trouble.

In a fairly typical story, this guy didn’t have a companion to ensure he got home after a night of partying and stumbled about until he met a lady in a red dress who took full advantage of the situation. She plied him with a few more drinks, took him to a secluded place and waited for him to fall asleep. Then she made off with his necklace and cash (why was he wearing such an expensive necklace?!).

If it had been a woman in that situation, it may have ended more horribly with not only stolen valuables but physical harm.

Man robbed of HK$70,000 necklace after meeting woman in Wan Chai

When I walked about in Lockhart road on Sunday afternoon , I saw several women walking around in red dresses and wondered if any of them could’ve been the culprit… 💃🏽

Will New Life get a NEW LIFE?

5 Nov 2017: I was amazed to see that after a whole year of non starting, the vegetarian place Soul Food was getting a new signboard put up today. Apparently the vegetarian concept was not going to work (taste the veg place round the corner, it’s not very good in my opinion) and the management has now decided on New Life- Thai cuisine instead. Hmm.


I think this wall needs NEW PAINT.


The guy was still in process of taping the NEW SIGN on the corner.

Let’s see whether 2018 will be a time for them to finally launch and if the New Managers can make it a success.

Read this post to see what it was supposed to be.

Update 13th November: Looks like this sign was not up to standard and taken down again…

Jacomax Pizzeria has a very cool interior. Star Wars fans alert!

It was Friday night and we didn’t want to head out for dinner. My in-laws were here and we couldn’t decide what to eat. No surprise when #1 jumped and whooped for joy when pizza was put forward as a suggestion. 

Pizza Express, unsurprisingly, was full. The table availability only started at 9pm. Perfect! A chance to try something new. 

I remember seeing this little pizza place with funky lettering called Jacomax on the junction of Hennessy and Luard, a very bold location. The exterior was sort of dark and it didn’t look that welcoming but I had a look at the menu when it first opened and it looked like a very traditional pizza parlour with all the conventions. 

So off we went to order pizza! 

The one man pizza factory
Pizza menu Drinks menu
The bar

Some photos of the quirky interior decor . 

Naked lady in recline and deer mount in rainbow technicolour
More seating areas behind
Painted horse or rainbow zebra? Note the craft beers available in the fridge below (unseen in photo)
Seating at front of house

Small person was mesmerised by this Star Wars infused painting. “What’s the stormtrooper doing?” This painting which looks rather grand scenic style was quite unexpected and a nice touch. I asked the lady waitress where they got it but all she knew was that her boss chose it. 

Can you spot the AT-AT walkers?

We left with 3 pizzas. A 13″ magherita for small person, a 13″ Hawaiian and tuna half half and a large 20″ pizza salami and mushroom half half. 

We lugged the boxes home and ate with so much relish that I forgot to take a photo of them. Well, my hands were full of pizza. 🙂

Click here for Jacomax branches, opening hours, telephone numbers and location. 

Premium meat lovers alert: Foodies Gourmet has reopened opposite the Blue House

Derek chose a beautiful autumn afternoon to launch his newly renovated shop selling imported meats and a few new accompanying products. He’s retained the same brand name Foodies Gourmet.

See what you can buy!
Unfortunately it’s not stroller friendly so you’ll have to park it outside

The space is a little smaller but he’s somehow managed to pack more into the fridges. 

Flowers for a blooming start
Owner Derek, wife and a few friends

He had a wonderful spread of canapés which included German sausages, some caviar on a small vol-Au-vent, roast suckling pig, steamed chicken, smoked salmon on crackers and figs with various deli hams. Fresh juices quenched the thirst and made all the canapés taste better. Thanks for the delicious snacks Derek! 

Derek is moving towards a delicatessen style of shop, he’s got the dried goods and some nice meats in cans and jars. The shop has a false wall behind it where their back kitchen sits. It’s too bad that we can’t see the sink and cutting table anymore, I rather enjoyed watching the sushi master (Derek) prep the salmon and wash his knife and boards… just gives you confidence in the cleanliness. Oh well. 

I forgot to take photos of the canapés, but here are the meats and accompaniments he sells in his shop.

Wines, pasta, pasta sauces, olive oil
Half bottles of wine, beef jerky, quinoa

On the right as you enter are the dried goods.

On the left, he’s filled it wall to wall with freezers.

Big freezer full of imported meats and a wine fridge
Door 1: German sausages & Turkey
Door 2: Pork, Beef, lamb, chicken
Door 3: Fois gras and French baby chicken

Then he’s got a small chest type freezer for the carbs.

Pain au chocolate, croissants, chocolate tart and udon noodles

And of course the chilled meats section where you can buy top grade Japanese beef, New Zealand lamb and Norwegian salmon. 

Chilled beef
Salmon, iberico pork, cheeses

Derek is super helpful and will marinade your meat for you with advanced notice, so that all you have to do is bung it in the oven or pan fry it to perfection. 

He’s taking orders for his specialty, baby turkey for thanksgiving or Christmas. It takes 10 days advanced notice for best results. He’ll defrost it thoroughly and marinade it with his special seasoning and heat seal it all in a bag for you to take home. 

I bought one last year, it fed 5 people and was perfect in the oven with Derek’s instructions. Tasty, tender and thoroughly recommended. 

Yes, you can tell I’m a satisfied client.

His contact number remains the same. 🙂

Find him on Stone Nullah Lane, more or less opposite the Blue House and Samsen. It’s across the street from those two, between a school uniform shop and a hk style coffee shop. 

Oh yes, if you live in Kowloon or HK island, Derek will deliver to your door FOC as long as your bill exceeds $600 HKD. 👍

Bringing your stroller to Wan Chai by MTR? ACCESS DENIED.

This is just bordering on ridiculous. How can The lift serving the concourse to platform be out of order for renovation for 7 months?!!


Ok MTR Corp, in May I’d like to see 3 lift shafts where there was only one before and each lift capable of taking at least 5 strollers instead of the 3 that we can pack in like sardines (if all mobile people take the escalators). 


If any renovation lasts more than 3 days, MTR Corp should be obliged to put up a proper explanation of what is being done to justify the inconvenience, extra staffing and general annoyance this causes the public. 


I’m waiting for my reply.

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