Welcome to Lamma Island, one of the most frequently visited outlying islands surrounding HK by locals and tourists alike. After a few hours of trekking from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan, I decided to dine at this particular restaurant which is located next to the most famous seafood restaurant in Sok Kwu Wan (I'm sure you'll find the answer when you google it) which some people feel that it has somehow turned into a tourist trap.
I've researched about this particular restaurant before going to Lamma Island, and quite a number of people have given thumbs up for the seafood served. By the way, the restaurant would be more crowded during summer. While it was certainly good to have a quiet dinner, the disadvantage of eating seafood during cold weather was that the food turned cold pretty quickly!
Deep-Fried Squid with Black Pepper and Spiced Salt (Small) HK$65.00 (~S$10.80)
The squid was really succulent, covered in thin batter which was lightly salted and adequately seasoned with black pepper to give it a kick. Served hot, it was pretty crunchy, and tasted heavenly when dipped in the sweet and sour plum sauce.
Next, I ordered one of the Set Meal for Two priced at HK$288.00 (~S$48.00).
Baked Lobster with Butter and Onion (Set Menu)
Firm yet juicy, the lobster served the other day was really fresh. The meat was sweet, and this was balanced by the savoury sauce which, sadly, wasn't that buttery. Topped with naturally sweet onion slices, it was finger-licking good nonetheless.
Steamed Scallop with Mashed Garlic (Set Menu)
The scallop was equally fresh, if not fresher. It was steamed just right before it turned completely chewy, and topped with a pretty generous amount of garlic, chopped spring onions and glass noodle which dripped with flavour as it absorbed the natural juice of the scallop without being lumpy. Pika's advice: Remember to use the dark soy sauce provided to add depth to the scallop if you wish!
Sautéed Seasonal Vegetable (Set Menu)
The baby bok choy (Chinese cabbage) was acceptable, although I believe it was slightly overcooked as it wasn't that crunchy anymore. Also, perhaps fish sauce should be used to give the vegetables more flavour.
Fried Rice with Diced Kale Stalk and Pineapple (Set Menu)
There was nothing special about the fried rice. It wasn't as flavourful as its Thai counterparts, but it was cooked well. I was glad that the rice grains had uniform colour and taste.
Service was efficient (especially because there were only three occupied tables at that time). While I was taking pictures on the small pier connected to the restaurant, the server called me to enjoy deep-fried squid which had just arrived while it was still hot. One of the servers could speak English well, and the other one, although he chose to speak Chinese all the way, was really amiable. Since they don't add service charge to the bill (although it's actually written so in the menu), leaving a few dollars on the table would be great, I guess... :D
Lamma Hilton Shum Kee Seafood Restaurant
26 Sok Kwu Wan
(Daily: 11.00am - 11.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,