We were thrilled to see that the new mall near where we live was finally opened. The site used to be the Hyatt Regency Hotel and after years of construction it is now iSQUARE, a 31-storey high shopping mall. It has an approximately 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) retail space area for shopping and entertainment. (Wikepedia). It’s also home to the second IMAX theater in Hong Kong as well as UA cinemas.
This mall is located at the corner of Nathan and Peking roads. There are MTR exits at the basement. So if you don’t like climbing the stairs of the MTR or if you have a baby trolley I suggest you use this exit and use the mall’s escalators to get out. Remember this -Exits H & R.
There are many confusing escalators. There is an express escalator to take you to the 3rd floor but after that you need to take the escalator at each floor to reach the 6th and 7th floors where the restaurants are. I liked taking the short escalator on the right which will take you to the super long escalator that traversed 3 floors directly to the 6th floor. That is if you don’t mind heights.
What excites me about this mall are the 32 restaurants spread out through different levels of the mall. The 3rd and 6th floor are for restaurants while 3 Japanese restaurants are located on 7th floor. Fine dining restaurants are located between 24th and 31st floor but they weren’t open yet when we were there.
It was their first day of operations so only the 1st page of the menu was available. That meant we could only order ramen. They had 4 types of broth to choose from. I’m not a big fan of ramen since I prefer the heartier udon. But these ramen were good. The noodles were very al dente and a big thicker than normal. The soup wasn’t very spicy but it was thick and very flavorful.
spicy fermented soybean paste soup HK$58
The miso soup base was also good and thick. The flavor was milder but nevertheless very tasty. They gave us two coupons for free ramen on our next visit. I can’t wait to go back to Hong Kong and try the other selections in their menu.
miso soup ramen HK$58
We went back last March 31, 2010 to use the free coupons for 2 bowls of ramen they gave us the first time we ate there. We upgraded to the pork cutlet combination and just added HK$35 more. The bowl of noodles was smaller than the regular order.
pork cutlet combination HK$95
63 Nathan Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Shop 608, 6/F, iSquare,
63 Nathan Rd.,
Tsim Sha Tsui