The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Trendy Thai @ Greyhound Café (Harbour City), Hong Kong

"Life is a journey, full of pictures, places, stories and good tasting recipes." This statement describes my online journal quite accurately, but it's not mine. I quote it from the newly opened Greyhound Café, where we had our lunch last Sunday. Greyhound Café hails from Bangkok, a line extension of its fashion label. "Fashion" and "food" seem oxymoronic next to each other, but even I must say that Greyhound pulls it off reasonably well. To be honest, the main reason I selected this trendy Thai café for lunch was because it opens service at 11am, which was convenient for my schedule that day. I tend to steer clear from fusion restaurants - not that there is anything wrong with fusion, but I prefer to familiarise myself with a cuisine first from its roots - and a quick glance through the menu certainly suggested that Greyhound serves anything but traditional dishes.

It was still pretty quiet around 11:30am...

... but it got quite full by the time we left an hour later:

Greyhound has a fairly large dining space, decorated in an arty and trendy manner that wasn't too pretentious for us. Service was friendly and professional, and allergy requests were dealt with without any fuss. The food menu was quite large and widely varied, with both Thai and European dishes ranging from Tom Yum Soup to Spaghetti Vongole, as well as fusion dishes like stir-fried Spicy Spaghetti Thai-style. A large menu generally doesn't give me much confidence that the kitchen could excel in so many dishes, and whenever we find ourselves in such situation, sticking with the signature dishes had often proven wise. We chose that route, and had quite an enjoyable meal.

Lychee Shake, which was quite refreshing on a warm Sunday:

Seafood Pizza, closed-style in pita (the only non-signature dish we got). We'd ordered this for the boy, but he had a much stronger preference for the chicken wings. Cheesy with lots of squid and shrimp:

Greyhound Famous Fried Chicken WIngs - deep-fried marinated chicken wings in fish sauce. Pretty tasty for fried chicken, but it lacked depth in its flavour profile. I guess that makes it a good choice for young fussy eaters:

Another signature dish, Crispy Sweet Corn with Crab Meat. The fritter version of a crab cake. Nice and crunchy without being overly greasy, and corn goes well with crab:

Fresh Lasagna Salad - layers of romaine leaves, olives, tomatoes, pasta and parmesan. This was a novel concept, and I was actually quite surprised at how much this tasted like lasagna. This was the more expensive than the other items we ordered, but I also enjoyed it the most. I loved the presentation:

Overall we had a pretty good time. The food was enjoyable, better than I'd expected. Worth a try if you happen to be in the area and hungry for lunch before 12pm.

Greyhound Café
Shop OTG01,
Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal
Harbour City
17 Canton Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel. +85 2 2383 6600


  1. I certainly enjoyed GreyHound in BKK. And wonder how much of its original charm can be transported to HK. It's two very different cultures.

  2. I doubt that it has the same vibe as the original, but at least the food was tasty :)