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小桃园酒家 Arcadia Restaurant – Shenzhen, China


In Guangdong China, you have to eat dim sum. But where to have dimsum since everywhere has dimsum? One of the best places for good dimsum is not in a 5 star hotel or some posh restaurant but at this Arcadia Restaurant located in Luohu of Shenzhen. This place is really crowded and dimsum is available from 9am-5pm daily. This time, I had one of the best tables with the lovely view of the river that divides Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Check out my video below:

Overall Rating: 5/5. Good price, taste good, good views!

Location罗湖区人民南路1168号罗湖商业城写字楼5字楼5007铺.   Tel: 82322833

Mango Delicacy 满哥甜品 – Shenzhen, China


Discovered a nice dessert place also in the Shui Wei town of the Futian District in Shenzhen. I’ve walked past this place before twice and only went in to check it out on the third time. It is said to be originated from HK but I haven’t seen this in HK though… The cafe is nicely decorated like a usual HK Cafe (Cha Can Ting) and was greeted when we stepped into the place. Check out the video that I’ve done below:

Overall Rating: 4.5/5. Could be a full 5 if the latte was prepared better. The poor pulling of the espresso shot was apparent in the taste. Waffles was awesome, good portioning and the set was totally value for money.

Location: 福田区福强路水围二街12号. Tel: 8283 5579.

吉兆手握寿司 – Shenzhen, China


A couple-friend in Shenzhen asked me out for dinner recently and we decided to check this place out in Dongmen, one of the shopping places in Shenzhen. I seldom go to Dongmen reason because the place is always extremely crowded and it is a notorious place for pickpocket syndicates. Nevertheless, I would be extra careful whenever I’m in the area.

Found the restaurant which is just across the street of the new 1234 Mall, and had to wait for our table. The queue is even longer during weekends! Check out my comments with the pictures below:

Restaurant front with seats for the queue
Seated at the counter, no tables!
Cheese Balls/Uni Balls RMB$28 – Not a big fan. Cheese balls also not a lot of cheese. Can skip ordering this.
Crabstick Sushi – This is free with one of the orders!
3 orders here of Unagi sushi RMB12, Scallop Sushi RMB26 and Grilled Salmon Sushi RMB9. All 3 types are delicious!
Salmon Sashimi RMB98 – Fresh and yummy!
Some in house creation sushi RMB18 – This is not too bad.
Soft Shell Crab Handroll RMB12 – the name of the shop suggests that they are good in their handrolls. So this one is not bad.
California Handroll RMB18 – Anything with mayo taste good! 🙂
Sea-grass RMB12 – Love this, my only source of ‘veg’ for the night. Available in supermarkets also.
Salmon Tail Sushi RMB14 for 1. You get a lot of salmon in this sushi!
Charred Tiger Prawn Sushi RMB9 a pair. Semi-raw prawns… tasted quite nice but not a big fan of raw prawns though.
Forgot what’s this… But it’s nice.
Salmon Rose Sushi RMB12 – Friend’s order, should be quite good.

Overall a decent place for a good sushi meal. The freshness in the ingredients can be tasted and also witness (so crowded means the supplies are usually fresh!). Go try it and let me know if you like it too!

Location: 罗湖区东门东升广场休闲玻璃屋1号. Tel: 82292858. Don’t think they take reservations but if your group is big, just call them.


  1. Go after 8pm. Half price for all the items. Not many people know. (Hope they still have this policy)
  2. Always keep your belongings in front of you. Wallets and phones in front pockets. Bags sling to the front… yes, even haversacks, in front!