Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Duration : a couple of hours
Bummers : expensive
The Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant is an epitome of style when it comes to high-end dining. Even from afar, the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant shines in its own elegance. For over 30 years, it has served countless of customers who are looking for unique way of dining. For all those times, it has continuously been improved to appear as what it is now – contemporary and elegant.
To go to the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant, you need to go to Aberdeen and ride the restaurant’s free boat. These boats leave every few minutes and the boat ride takes less than 5 minutes.
Once we entered the restaurant, we were mesmerized how posh Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant really is. It was too late to realize that we were under-dressed. It appears like the place has a fine dining set-up. If you plan to go to the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant, I recommend that you make reservations. Maybe we were just lucky that during our visit, the restaurant wasn’t packed.
In all of our foodie adventures, our visit to the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant has the most luxurious ambiance so far. We told the receptionist that we didn’t have reservations so they told us to go upstairs and just head to the dining area. We were seated in a nice table and they gave us the menu.
While browsing through the menu, all I can say was “wow!”. I cannot believe my eyes on the prices and I already started converting HK$ to Php. I wasn’t prepared for these prices and if it weren’t embarrassing, I would have asked my friends to stand up and run out of the place. Of course, we needed to swim out because we were inside a floating restaurant.
Anyway, we just thoroughly checked every dish on the menu and just got the affordable ones. Most of the seafood were already out of the question because their prices are above hundreds to thousands of HK$ per order. There are also group set meals but they are worth thousands of HK$. We weren’t ready to burn that cash.
Our waitress was a bit intimidating but I think that’s already part of their culture. They don’t want delays so anything that causes delay (even thinking what to order) ticks their patience.
While getting our orders, they served us with an appetizer. It’s Tofu and Nuts with Tomatoes. At first, we thought it was free but if I remember it correctly, this appetizer costs HK$ 30 on our bill. We weren’t aware that it was free. Maybe that’s how it works so if you go here, be prepared to really pay up. This appetizer tasted good but it was quite cold. I wasn’t sure if that’s how it really should be.
We asked for their House Tea. It was good tea, very fragrant. I think that’s chamomile in there.
The Fried Rice in Yeung Chow Style (HK$ 110 or Php 625) was served first. We are all familiar with Yang Chow fried rice and that’s pretty much it. The notable thing is that it has large pieces of seafood and meat.
The Baked Spare Ribs with Strawberry Sauce (HK$ 125 or Php 710) is something new to our palate. This is one of rare moments where we ate strawberry in a savory dish. Since it was something new, the flavor is a breathe of something fresh. However, the meat of the spare ribs are too tough. It is quite difficult to chew.
The Deep-Fried Cuttlefish is like our calamares. The cuttlefish is cooked right, which is better than the baked spare ribs.
The Eel is a favorite. It was fried until golden brown. It seems like the eel was glazed because it had a hint of sweetness.
The Spicy Beef is really spicy. So this dish isn’t for the faint of the heart. Munching on the beef certainly gave our tongues that chili burn but in a good way.
After eating dinner and paying for the food, we took the opportunity to take some photos with the magnificent interiors of the restaurant. Thinking that we may not afford to go back to this restaurant again, we had to record all the memories that we can.
By the way, it is important to note that dining at this restaurant includes a HK$ 15 (or Php 85) cover charge per person and 10% service charge on the bill.
The review is based only on this one time experience. The quality of food was below than what we expected especially with the steep price however, we are not generalizing that all their food is not good. This is solely talking from experience. Other customers may have experienced it differently and theirs might be way better than how ours. For more reviews, you can check out Frommer’s and Trip Advisor. On a personal note, we recommend that you check it out even once because the place is really awesome. But if you are on a tight budget, it might not be possible to wine and dine at this restaurant.
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