Classic seafood noodles and dim sum in Hong Kong, the best coffee and croissant in London: a carbs lover's favourite places to eat

Classic seafood noodles and dim sum in Hong Kong, the best coffee and croissant in London: a carbs lover’s favourite places to eat


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Born in Hong Kong but schooled in the UK and Singapore, beauty enthusiast Janet Lam is the founder of colour lipstick retailer Out of Colours. She spoke to Andrew Sun.

I am very adventurous with all sorts of cuisine and love trying new restaurants. Generally, I prefer Asian food. I am a spice, coffee and carbs lover. Sometimes I still crave comfort dishes like fishball noodles.

I don’t have one favourite, as I constantly try out new restaurants. I get bored going back to the same places. But I would recommend Sanka (1/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 3460 2285) for teppanyaki. It’s excellent for corporate dinners or family gatherings and they’ve kept up the standards for so many years.

Xin Rong Ji (China Overseas Building, 138 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 3462 3516) serves the highest quality seafood dishes, and you can choose your preferred cooking style. Its star dish is braised sea anemone with sweet potato noodles, with concentrated and balanced flavours of sweet, salty and sour.

Classic seafood noodles and dim sum in Hong Kong, the best coffee and croissant in London: a carbs lover’s favourite places to eat

Lam enjoys all sorts of cuisine and trying out new restaurants. Photo: Courtesy of Janet Lam

I also like the Black Sheep group’s restaurants. They pay attention to every detail, bringing out the authenticity of the cuisine, from interior to music, service and the food. Carbone (9/F, Lan Kwai Fong Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2593 2593) is my all-time favourite for Italian. The meatballs and signature spicy rigatoni vodka are indulgent.

For a new visitor, I would bring them somewhere with a modern Chinese interior such as dim sum at China Tang (Shop 411-413, 4/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, tel: 2522 2148) or Luk Yu Tea House (24 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2523 5464). If they love somewhere more local and authentic, Lin Heung Lau (160-164 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2544 4556) is it.

Classic seafood noodles and dim sum in Hong Kong, the best coffee and croissant in London: a carbs lover’s favourite places to eat

Spicy rigatoni vodka at Carbone in Central.

Classic seafood noodles and dim sum in Hong Kong, the best coffee and croissant in London: a carbs lover’s favourite places to eat

The interior of Sevva in Central.

A drink at Sevva (25/F, Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Road, Central, tel: 2537 1388) captures one of the most Instagram-worthy skyline views.

A city I miss very much is London. It’s one of the best places for a good variety of international cuisines. Before each visit, I always make an itinerary. My list includes Borough Market (8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL, tel: +44 20 7407 1002), which is full of interesting boutiques and food stands. I like the stalls serving delicious contemporary American food with a twist. If you visit in December, get a mulled wine to get into the whole Christmas vibe.

Monmouth Coffee (27 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9EU, tel: +44 20 7232 3010) has the best coffee and croissant. I also like a cosy contemporary American breakfast/lunch at the Chiltern Firehouse (1 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7PA, tel: +44 20 7073 7676) with trendy interiors refurbished from the former Marylebone fire station.

Classic seafood noodles and dim sum in Hong Kong, the best coffee and croissant in London: a carbs lover’s favourite places to eat

The entrance to Borough Market in London. Photo: Getty Images

Classic seafood noodles and dim sum in Hong Kong, the best coffee and croissant in London: a carbs lover’s favourite places to eat

A croissant and coffee at London’s Monmouth Coffee.

One of my most memorable experiences was at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester (53 Park Lane, London W1K 1QA, tel: +44 20 7629 8866). The chef was amiable and invited us to visit the kitchen after our Christmas Eve dinner. My husband and I had some wine, and we ended up having a bit of fun in the kitchen helping out the team with their dishes.

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