Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yat Lok Restaurant @ Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong - 一樂燒鵝 @ 中環士丹利街香港

Cuisine: Chinese / Cantonese (roast meat)
Price: HKD105 per person without alcohol (what we paid for)
Visited: 12 July 2014
Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 3/10
Value for money: 9/10
Services: 3/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Thinking of having Cantonese style roasted goose with crisp skin and juicy tender meat, I can assure you that Yat Lok does offer one of the best in Hong Kong and perhaps in the world. It is just a blog of commercial build on Stanley Street, Central Hong Kong (only a few buildings from Luk Yu Tea House). A few minutes walk from MTR Central station in fact. Yat Lok offers really good roasted meat from early morning but the goose is usually ready around 11am just before lunch time. Make sure you do arrive early to avoid queue and in consequence to avoid disappointment from goose running out.

If you are going to visit Yat Lok, just bear in mind that you are there for food and nothing else. It is a kind of old style venue where you are there for a quick good meal. Forget about lovely service, nice friendly words, or those hygienic routine. One thing I noticed is that the floor was somewhat slippery and I was not so sure how long since their properly floor wiping (T_T). Anyway believe me, just looking at those hanging roasted meats and you would already drool so forget all other factors and enjoy your roasts.

Yat Lok @ Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong

It was around 11am of Saturday lunch time when we were there and was lucky to be the first one to arrive around the period. So our food came pretty fast. We had only roasted goose (10/10), bbq pork and crispy belly pork (8/10), and vegetable with oyster sauce (5/10) which costed HKD22 (but forgot to take photo). These roasts went pretty well with both rice and noodle (both stewed and soup).

The roasted goose was the very best. So juicy, so sweet, so tender, and so flavourful. There is no need to make so hard effort at all to bite meat off the bone. It is hard to stop eating this and it is difficult not to fall in love with it. I personally love to have it with rice. A friend of mine also recommends to order a drum of goose and a drum of chicken to have with boiled rice for a satisfy combination. BBQ pork and crispy belly pork were as well delicious but not as spectacular as the roasted goose. It is worth an order but you may probably find this quality of bbq pork and crispy belly pork in other places in Hong Kong.

Anyway, have a go with this local style Yat Lok and you would probably forget the famous and well-known Yung Kee nearby. Bon appetit many more times.

roasted goose - half (HKD240)

wonderfully tender and juicy

bbq pork and crispy belly pork (HKD130)

stewed noodle (HKD25)

noodle in soup (HKD16)

Yat Lok Restaurant @ Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong - 一樂燒鵝 @ 中環士丹利街香港
34-38 Stanley Street
Hong Kong

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 07:30am - 09:00pm and Sat-Sun 09:00am - 05:30pm
Tel: +852 2524 3882

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