This time around, it was a relaxed leisurely trip to enjoy the city, the eating, and the shopping (even though I didn't actually buy anything - which still feels so weird). For part of the leisurely feel of the trip, we enjoyed getting up to room service. Mandarin Oriental's the Statue Square view provides such a breathtaking way to start each day watching the weekend and weekday crowds bustle around Central.
Staying at the Mandarin allows us to readily eat at the hotel's restaurants. In our past trips, we've dined at Man Wah and Pierre. This time around it, we felt like taking things more casual. Cafe Causette is a perfect place for a quality, yet relaxed meal at any time of the day. Local publications recently awarded this establishment with the "Best Hotel Burger". After dining at the restaurant for lunch and dinner, with a classic burger for each meal, I can conclude it is a satisfying burger. They do, however, need to work on the consistency. At lunch, the simplicity and minimalism made a clean burger with the intense quality of beef shine. At dinner, the lettuce and mayonnaise were slathered on too much and made for a messier burger experience.
Hong Kong has been all over the international news these past weeks and months. It was fascinating to see how protestors are still affecting the city. The partial closure of Connaught Road is surprising to see in person. It's such a significant road and protestors are successfully redirecting major traffic.
In other current event news, we also witnessed the ceremony of Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day. While no longer an official city holiday since 1997, it was nice to see how the history of British culture is still alive in the island.
|Room service with a view|
|A classic burger, paired with red wine|
|The view below. Celebrating Remebrance Day (Poppy Day)|
|Connaught Road. With protestors affecting traffic.|