A hole in the wall restaurant that specializes in Lobster at ridiculously affordable prices. When told about Lobster Bobo by friends I was both sceptical and ridiculously excited. My scepticism was unwarranted Chef Eddy has made Lobster Bobo the real thing, and a copletely innovative comcept at that, a great casual lobster diner in the middle of central. Chef Eddy Leung has the experience to make it work with 2 private kitchens and a ridiculously impressive resume of cooking at formal restaurants in Hong Kong. Yett standing around and chatting about udon seems to almost relax him, he seems equally happy with formal and informal cuisine and will never sacrifice quality of ingredients.
The Lobster stock is cooked for hours to ensure the richness of the broth. The mushrooms are shitakes, fresh from the market, not dried as I expected and the difference in taste is huge. Each ingredient has a story and all at $108 Hong Kong Dollars a bowl of udon. There is no spending on marketing or publicity yet I have never seen a seat free. The resraurant is purely going on word of mouth and the reputation of the chef.
The menu is definitely Lobster heavy as this is the theme of the restaurant. There are other options though for those who want more variety. The menu also changes really regularly with lots of specials depending on what is fresh from the market. Specials are written in Chinese but ask the manager, Patrick Poon and he will translate for you and make suggestions. I have had a tofu appetizer that was delicious as well as the rice roll and more. The lobster udon is definitely what I crave and come back for, but everything I have tasted has been good. I am eager to go back for the Lobster Laksa which Chef Eddy has told me is one of his favorites as well as to taste the warm lobster salad, I have gotten too full in my previous visits.
The drinks have been chosen to compliment the food as well. Fresh Calamansi juice has been my personal favorite. The sweet and sour juice cuts through the richness of the lobster perfectly, but friends love the Barley with ginger. I have a feeling my kids will love the fresh apple juice. Oh and if it is something stronger you are after, Lobster Bobo is BYOB with no corkage.
This is the perfect place for a quick family lunch while sightseeing in central. Whether exploring the lanes or heading onto the famous midlevels escalator it’s location is perfect. There is plenty on the menu other than lobster to choose from if your child does not eat it but I cant think of a more perfect place for them to experiment and it is a guaranteed quick meal as people are lining up for table turn over. This restaurant is not the easiest to find even though it is in central so call if confused. I have tried to include directions in the details below. Despite the difficulty finding it, everyone I have taken has felt it is worth getting to!
Details: Lobster Bobo by Eddy, Shop A, G/F, Haleston Building, 1 Jubilee Street, Central, Hong Kong. 852 3622 1246, Open Monday through Saturday, 11am – 8pm . Closed Sunday and Public Holidays. The restaurant is off Queens Road Central on Jubilee Street but to enter you go into the Haleston building arcade to the back past the shoe repair shops, etc. There is a sign on the street but you might miss it if you are not looking.