Yiya, 5/F, Island Beverly, 1 Great George St., Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Nearest Train:Causeway Bay
Opening Hours:daily noon-11:30pm
If you can get through the crazy dining crowd lining up for the mall lifts to go up to the numerous restaurants, you’ll be rewarded with clean, modern Chinese décor and pretty spacious seating in relaxed muted browns at Yiya. Service is standard at this chain, and they dish out some pretty tasty Taiwanese grub, albeit somewhat suited to Cantonese tastes: a bit more delicate than the robust flavors you would get in Taipei or Kaohsiung. Well sometimes, that’s a good thing. Take their version of Taiwan-style fried chicken steak—it’s less sickly saccharine than the roadside variety in Taipei, just subtly seasoned with five-spice. The beef noodles and the luroufan (stewed minced pork on rice) satisfied, but the glass noodles with beef slices in a Sichuan pepper dressing were totally meh—the sauce was piquant and made you breathe fire afterward, but was totally weak in the flavor department. We had to check out the bubble tea, and it was the real deal, malty sweet but the tea’s fragrance still came out strong. A pleasant dining experience if you’re craving Chinese but not the ubiquitous Cantonese or Shanghai type.