Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Candice Suen-Sieber, restaurateur

I’m a casual person, I like to enjoy my food and have a good time with friends. I don’t like a lot of “fluff”.

I really like Nadaman. I go to the one in Pacific Place (7/F Island Shangri-La, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2820 8570) because I rarely cross the harbour. It’s [my husband] Kape’s favourite – he normally doesn’t eat much, but he does eat there. It’s so reliable. We both love the radish salad – it’s just very thinly sliced radish with sesame dressing. They add a bit of frisée – normally I can’t stand frisée, but I eat it anyway.

I also love Crystal Jade – it’s so satisfying. I get the beef soup noodles, made with beef shin, and the Beijing dumplings. The kids love it – my stepdaughter, Elisha, eats five baskets of xiao long bao to herself – that’s a lot, because she’s only seven.

Normally I go to the one in IFC (shop 2018-2020, 2/F IFC, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, tel: 2295 3811) but if that’s busy I go to the one in Queensway (shop E01-E06, 1/F Lab Concept, Queensway Plaza, 93 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2529 9908).

Of course I like my own restaurant, Ciao Chow (California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, tel: 2344 0005). Everybody goes there for the pizza, but I love the kale salad.

My son Lucian – he’s 18 months old – loves the margarita pizza. Every time I ask him what he wants to eat he says pizza.

Then there’s L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (shop 401, 4/F Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2166 9000). I like the uni pasta, and always get the jamon. Lots of places serve jamon – but theirs is so good.

In California, I like Adamson’s French Dip (806 West El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, tel: +1 408 830 9024). It’s a little hut and all they do is prime rib French dip – I’m a sucker for au jus. They do just that – well, they might do other things but I don’t know because I don’t look at the menu.

In the same area, there’s a restaurant called Arcadia (San Jose Marriott, 100 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, tel: +1 408 278 4555). It’s a Michael Mina restaurant. I eat the lobster pot pie, and for dessert, the root beer float.

In Vancouver I like the Cactus Club (several locations, I eat the hot wings – they’re bright red, and very Tabasco-ish. They sell them by the pound and they come with blue cheese sauce, but I don’t eat that. They also do these dry ribs – they cut them really small, and they’re not served with any sauce.

In the same city, I go to Phnom Penh (244 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, Canada, tel: +1 604 682 5777). Everyone is crazy for their chicken wings but I love the butter beef. They serve it super rare – I normally don’t like it that rare, but this is so good. It has butter, some vinegar, and a lot of coriander – if you like coriander, it’s king.

In Paris I like Apicius (20 rue d’Artois, Paris 75008, tel: +33 1 4380 1966). It’s a house in the middle of Paris, on the Right Bank. It’s very frou-frou with tables in these little rooms. It’s so yummy, and I go whenever I’m in Paris – which isn’t often now that I have kids.

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