Delightful seafood restaurant on Hong Kong Island with expansive water views over Stanley Bay
July 9th, 2013
Soundly established for over 14 years as one of the most popular dining destinations on the Stanley waterfront of Hong Kong Island, The Boathouse continues to attract with its pleasing combination of a relaxed, casual decor, well-executed seafood-focused cuisine, and a great location for both coastal views and people watching. Occupying a sprawling three level building on the prominent entry corner to the Stanley waterfront promenade, The Boathouse offers a variety of dining settings to cater for most occasions- from the casual vibrancy of the outdoor curbside tables, to the more elegant, air-conditioned indoor dining rooms set across the different levels, and the further outdoor dining options on both the first floor terrace and rooftop garden. Drinkers are also well catered for with the ground floor bar serving a full range of refreshing beverages including cold beers, tropical fruit cocktails, soft drinks and coffee.
Taking inspiration from the classic coastal architecture of the USA East Coast, the building exterior is coated in weathered Cape Cod blue tones, highlighted by the white timber window frames and shutters. Planter boxes filled with flowers and lush vegetation extend across the fronts of the terrace sections creating a pleasant garden aspect. The interiors of The Boathouse feature walls finished in shades of ochre, which contrasts harmoniously with the warm teak timber floor boards and furniture.
The restaurant serves an a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner, comprised essentially of dishes prepared with market-fresh seafood. Standout selections include the Chilled Seafood Platter- an assemblage of crab legs, prawns, crayfish, mussels, clams, scallops and smoked salmon rolls that is perfect for sharing; King Prawn Jambalaya- with chorizo, tomatoes and coriander; and the Bucket of Fresh Seafood- with assorted prawns, clams and black mussels – served with garlic bread and choice of sauce. The kitchen also serves a variety of non-seafood dishes such as meat grills- Lamb Rump and T-Bone Steak; BBQ baby back pork ribs; African Chicken with chili; and several pasta dishes.
The Boathouse is open daily for both lunch and dinner, with the weekend lunches always particularly busy. The restaurant is owned and operated by the highly regarded local restaurant company- Cafe Deco Group- with many popular outlets across Hong Kong- including their flagship Cafe Deco at The Peak . In total, the group currently have more than 35 outlets in Hong Kong, Macau and Sydney.
The Boathouse- three levels of casual dining- indoors or open-air
Prominently positioned on the main corner at the entrance to the Stanley Promenade, The Boathouse exudes a vibrant and welcoming presence. Warm weekends frequently see queues for the prized curb-side tables.
Facade of The Boathouse- the timber steps lead up from the pavement to the bar.
The ground floor bar features a maritime themed decor with plenty of polished teak, and nautical elements such as “porthole” style windows, and dramatic images taken from ocean yacht races.
First floor dining section, with the outdoor terrace area opening out through the double glass doors. All tables enjoy views out over the waterfront promenade.
Interior dining areas are attractively furnished with contemporary timber chairs and dining tables. Model yachts mounted onto the walls convey the nautical theme.
An outdoor terrace section that adjoins the indoor dining rooms is a popular dining option. Full-width extendable awnings provide shelter from the either the summer sun, or any inclement rain.
On the rooftop, the garden terrace offers the ultimate in panoramic vistas across the entire Stanley Bay coastline. Casual outdoor settings encourage a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. The rooftop terrace is a popular option for private functions and celebrations.
Selections from the food & beverage menus
Bucket of fresh seafood with assorted prawns, clams and black mussels – served with garlic
bread and choice of sauce (white wine garlic cream sauce in photo). Small HK$188, Large
Seafood bouillabaisse with sea bass, scallops, lobster, mussels and clams- HK$298
Death by Chocolate – a warm chocolate truffle filled cake with vanilla ice cream- HK$78
Pimms Cup – Pimms, sprite and bitters with cucumber and citrus fruit- HK$65
Peach Freeze – white port wine and mango soda over crushed ice and peach slices- HK$65
The Boathouse- waterfront seafood restaurant at Stanley, Hong Kong
Address: 88 Stanley Main Street, Stanley. Hong Kong
Public Transport: Taxi 0r buses from Central
Reservations: +852. 2813 4467
Monday to Friday: 11:30 am ~ 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am ~ 11:30 pm
Sunday & Public Hols 10:00 am ~ 10:30 pm