Zen Noodle Cafe (Shop 6, 7B, Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island)

PhotoGrid_1402673952146Date visited: November 2013

What we ate:

Osaka Beef Udon (~HK$70) and Curry Sirloin Steak (~HK$90) (~PHP1200 total)


Taste = 4/5

–          When we visited HongKong, one of the places that we had to visit was the Lantau island and ride the cable car. It was a relatively long ride and when we landed on the island, we were really hungry. We chanced upon this restaurant because we were really low on blood sugar at that time. The Udon was okay. The restaurant was a Japanese-themed restaurant but the broth of the soup tasted very Chinese. The egg in the Udon was not even the Japanese marinated soft-boiled egg that is a staple in Japanese ramen. It was just a plain hard-boiled egg. The taste was good and the beef was cooked nicely but the whole taste was Chinese. The Steak dish was good and the meat was tender. The sauce tasted like the Japanese curry that we know, good thing. We finished the Steak dish easily but we had taste fatigue with the Udon.


Service = 3.5/5

–          We are used to the Filipino-style of service and we were not used to servers that do not smile or express some degree of hospitality. But to be fair, the servers were fast. The method of payment was the same as with most HK noodle places where you pay at the desk near the door before exiting.


Ambience = 4.5/5

–          The place looked good and everything was clean and the dining area was well planned and people didn’t have to squeeze into anything even if there were a lot of seats and tables. However, it looked very Chinese and we didn’t even know that they were a Japanese-themed restaurant until we looked at the options in their menu.


Value for money = 3/5

–          The dishes were expensive considering the prices of the other restaurants in HK. Granting that they were in a tourist area, their prices were still relatively higher than some of their neighbours. When we walked towards the Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), there was a small inconspicuous store that sells noodles and rice meals at a much more reasonable price. Unfortunately, we were already full so we were not able to sample some of their dishes.


Sorry, we could not find an FB page or website for this restaurant.


14 thoughts on “Zen Noodle Cafe (Shop 6, 7B, Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island)

    • rey & lyn says:

      Well, we think it’s a matter of taste preference. But we will have posts about Tim Ho Wan next week and two of the “must-try” snacks in HK which are Tai Cheong Bakery’s egg tart and Australia Dairy Co’s custard and milk puddings after that.

  1. theweekendbackpacker says:

    What is the difference between Udon and Ramen? I’m sorry I really don’t know the difference between the two. I just love eating them :))) Awesome pictures. Made me so hungry at 1 in the morning :))

    • rey & lyn says:

      Thanks! 🙂 It is actually confusing. Hehehe. Ramen can refer to the Japanese noodle soup dish but can also refer to the type of noodles. And Ramen noodles can be thick, thin or even ribbon-like. Udon is the Japanese thick wheat flour noodle. So the basic distinction is that Udon is thicker than Ramen noodles. But there’s also Soba and the other Japanese noodles types to make it more confusing for us. 😦 So let’s just eat them! Hehehe.

      • theweekendbackpacker says:

        I’ve always been confused with the types of noodles. they taste good anyway so. meh 🙂 Cheers! More udon/ramen/Japanese Noodles for you guys to eat 🙂

  2. riz says:

    Aw. They say restaurant food in HK is really expensive! You have to be some kind of expert to find the $30 and below range lol. Any other recommendations? My friends and I are visiting HK next month! 😀 Thanks!

    • rey & lyn says:

      Hello riz, most of the restaurant foor in HK are areally expensive and if you have a local friend/guide, he/she can show you where to eat good food but are less expensive. We did try some of the smaller restaurants and they were ok. We don’t know if you are aware but HK is a big noodle city so most of the smaller restaurants and street food involve noodle soups. We didn’t really get to try a lot of the highly rated restaurants because we were more focused on the sites but we recommend you try Tim Ho Wan (to be posted soon) because of their excellent baked pork bbq buns. Other “must-try” food there are the Hk-style egg tarts and the Australian Dairy Co. breakfast dishes according to the people we asked there. Hope you have a great trip! 🙂

      • riz says:

        Okay we’ll ask! We do have some friends there but I’m not sure if one of them will take us around. 🙂 Will check out your Tim Ho Wan post as well. & remember some of these tips. Thanks!

  3. Liz says:

    If a server does not smile or express some degree of hospitality but gives fast service then they sound more like a robot…I’m not sure I would love a robot serving me…albeit faster. At least the place is clean but expensive. If you want it clean I guess you have to cough more money. Thanks for sharing!

    • rey & lyn says:

      Great description with the “robot”. 🙂 But yeah, robots would serve diners faster but they would lose the personality that makes the dining experience so much better. Maybe they were really robots that’s why their prices were expensive, hehehe. 😉

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