THE HKIR ISSUE – PART 2

By Hans Ebert

HKIR ISSUE 10

Mott 32

(Chinese)

The food is brilliant. The interior design is spectacular.

HKIR ISSUE 11

Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Central

Nicholini’s

(Italian)

Nicholini's

8/F, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

Guru

(Northern Indian and Nepalese)

HKIR ISSUE 13

G/F, 13 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central

Cambo Thai

HKIR ISSUE 14

G/F, 40A Tak Ku Ling Road, Kowloon City

Yung Kee

The most famous Chinese restaurant for Roast Goose. But get here fast. The battle for control by the two brothers who inherited the iconic restaurant has almost reached the point of no return with lawsuits flying all over the place and matriarch Mother Goose getting involved.

HKIR ISSUE 15

32-40 Wellington Street, Central

Sushi Kado

HKIR ISSUE 16

G/F , 7 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central

Of course, it’s Japanese. With a name like that you were expecting French??? Small, exclusive and a bit hard to find, but for around HK$5,700- really good Japanese food is never inexpensive- one can enjoy a great dinner for three including sake guaranteed not to give you a hangover.

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Our Favourite Meeting Places

HKIR ISSUE 17

The Blue Bar at the Four Seasons

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Lobby level, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central

Stocktons

HKIR ISSUE 19

G/F., 32 Wyndham St., Central

The Mo Bar at the Mandarin Landmark

HKIR ISSUE 20

The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

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TOP THREE JOCKEYS TO FOLLOW

Joao Moreira
Joao Moreira
Joao Moreira

HKIR ISSUE 21

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EXOTIC BETS THAT SHOULD BE ATTACKED WITH RELISH…

HKIR ISSUE 22

The Triple Trio

Objective: To find the top three place getters in three designated races. At Shatin, on a ten race programme, these are always races 4,5 and 6. At Happy Valley on December 9, the Triple Trio will consist of races, 5,6 and 7.

The Six Up

Objective: To pick the winner of the last six races.

The Treble

Objective: To pick the winners of the last three races.

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PLACE TO VISIT: SAI KUNG

HKIR ISSUE 23

A former fishing village and longtime home for expats who came to Hong Kong several decades ago to start a new life- most have succeeded brilliantly and today own some of the largest restaurant groups etc- Sai Kung is a bit like getting out of the city and Uptown Funk and finding yourself out in a very chilled out country area. There are some very good restaurants here- Chinese, Thai, Italian and the only Sri Lankan restaurant in Hong Kong- and people almost from the village where time stood still.

HKIR ISSUE 24

G/F, 14 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung

Forget taking the Underground to get to Sai Kung. Grab a cab and head out there for a long lunch. It’s about an hour taxi ride that will cost you around HK$200 for an extremely pleasant day out and take in a very different aspect of Hong Kong life, where it’s not all about making more and more money and living a faked-out life of superficiality, yakkety yak, posturing, and Lamborghinis with personalised number plates that should read WNKR. Or TSSR.

HKIR ISSUE 25

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WHICH HKJC VENUES MUST BE CHECKED OUT

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The Beer Garden

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Adrenaline

It has the best singer- Jennifer Palor- and band in town

HKIR ISSUE 29

Hay Market

HKIR ISSUE 30

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WHERE TO SHOP

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Stanley Market

HKIR ISSUE 32

G.O.D

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For the most creative memorabilia of Hong Kong.

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Must purchase: A Delay No More t-shirt. In Cantonese, these three words in English mean something or another to do with one’s mother. And not in a nice way.

HKIR ISSUE 36

Computerworld

HKIR ISSUE 37

No. 146-152, Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Temple Street

HKIR ISSUE 38

Temple Street, Yau Ma Tai, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Be prepared to haggle by saying you’re only prepared to pay half of anything asked.

Pottinger Street

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The side stalls down the alley ways offer some great bargains. Again, be prepared to bargain for bargains.

Leighton Road

HKIR ISSUE 40

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WHEN IN NEED OF SOME CLUBBING

HKIR ISSUE 41

dragon-i

HKIR ISSUE 42

Podium, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central

Still the most popular Club in town. Meeting place for locally based and visiting trendies, long-legged models- ever seen models with short legs?- different Deejays including owner Gilbert Yeung with the Ladies said to have inspired Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D to record “Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In Line For The Bathroom)”.

Players

HKIR ISSUE 43

Shop A-B, G/F, Beverly House, 93-107 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai

Strictly for those wanting a walk on the wild side. Definitely cheap and nasty, but when the joint only starts revving up at 4am, you’re surprised? Keeps going on and on and until around noon.

Propaganda

Propaganda, the most popular gay club in Hong Kong.

HKIR ISSUE 44

1 Hollywood Road,Basement, SOHO, Central

Dust Till Dawn

HKIR ISSUE 45

G/F., 76-84 Jaffe Rd., Wanchai, Wan Chai

Now that Spicy Fingers is being renovated, Dusk Till Dawn really is the best club down Jaffe Road in Wanchai. The two covers bands are excellent copyists, the place is more jam packed than Robert Plant’s tight jeans, and, believe it or not, the place serves up a damn good Thai Chicken Curry when hunger pangs strike around 2am. Note: Spicy Fingers was bought by the owners of Dusk Till Dawn.

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OVERRATED

*Shopping down Nathan Road’s “Golden Mile”.

HKIR ISSUE 46

All that glitters is not gold, and gone are the former well-known bargains. These have been replaced by pesky touts from the sub-continent and Africa offering you everything from cheap suits and fake brand watches and iPhones to all manner of other cons.

* Hong Kong Disneyland

HKIR ISSUE 47

* The Champagne Bar at the Grand Hyatt

HKIR ISSUE 48

A sad shadow of what it used to be when the meeting place during HKIR Week. Blame it on the invisible management. A very different vibe to when the outgoing Gordon Fuller and Mr Barker managed the hotel and it wasn’t Le Rue Morgue of hotel lounges.

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HKIR ISSUE 49

Getting around Hong Kong is beyond easy- if there is such a term. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system is one of the finest and easiest- and cleanest- in the world to get you anywhere to anywhere in Hong Kong.

pHKIR ISSUE 50

For a leisurely way to get from Hong Kong side to Kowloon, there’s the world famous Star Ferry whereas taxis are always around- except from 11am to noon and then from 4pm to 5pm when the drivers change shift- and with no fear of seeing the meter clicking away as if possessed by a poltergeist. An average taxi fare is around HK$40.

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There are also buses, mini buses and the old world charm of a tram, which, one “progressive thinker” in local politics was recently trying to have banned. The buffoon was, quite rightly, sent packing with his tail between his legs.

HKIR ISSUE 52

What’s most important is that you’ll soon be in this fascinating city of contrasts for a week of the very best and most international horse racing event- a celebration of horse racing, where we’ll raise our glasses to the United Nations Of Racing against the most cosmopolitan backdrop in the world.

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It doesn’t get any better. Enjoy the ride


MICHELLE PAYNE AND THE HKIR ISSUE – PART 1

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