Tuesday, 28 July 2009

White Spot Triple O's... in Hong Kong!

When I was in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago, I was coming up the escalator at Admiralty MTR station and came upon a poster advertising a Triple O's restaurant at Pacific Plaza. Cue surprised grin spreading across my face and gleam of delight in my eyes. Now you got to understand that coming across a White Spot restaurant overseas for a Vancouverite (or at least someone living there) is rather like stumbling upon a Bee Cheng Hiang, Yakun or Bread Talk outlet for a Singaporean, or a Wetherspoon's or Thornton's for a Brit, without knowing that they had overseas outlets in the first place. (I know that there are Bee Cheng Hiang and Breadtalk outlets overseas, just not in Vancouver, boo.) According to a leaflet on the counter, there are 6 Triple O's outlets in Hong Kong, and also starting up in Thailand and South Korea.

The first White Spot restaurant was opened in 1928 on Granville Street in the Marpole neighbourhood and has been a Vancouver and BC institution ever since. Triple O's is a fast food concept chain belonging to White Spot restaurants, focusing on burgers made from quality ingredients and its famous Triple O sauce. This Triple O's outlet at the food hall of Pacific Plaza is evidently quite popular with the office crowd. I got there just before noon and by 12.30pm the entire place was packed and people were standing around waiting for seats, like at a food court.

White Spot Triple O's at Pacific Plaza, Central, Hong Kong

I ordered a basic burger with thick hand cut chips and iced lemon tea. The beef patty was of good quality and fresh meat, nicely cooked and moist. There was even a traditional pickle on top of the bun, just like at White Spot restaurants. The signature Triple O sauce inside the burger was the same as I remembered. The chips were nicely done too, hot and crispy on the outside and just a little fluffy on the inside. And after more than a week of noodles and rice at that point, I was more than ready for a good burger. At HK$55 (CAD$8.50), the price went down as well as the meal. Yum.

Basic burger with thick cut fries and iced lemon tea

So if you are in Hong Kong (whether visiting or living there) and in the mood for a good Canadian burger that would not be too much of a burden on your wallet (unlike many other places that serve awesome-tasting but also awfully-expensive burgers), try out any of the following six (!) outlets:

Unit 9, Level LG1, Great Foot Hall
Pacific Place

Shop 10, 1/F, The Forum
Exchange Square

Wan Chai
Shop 121, 1/F, Harbour Centre
25 Harbour Road

Causeway Bay
Shop B 105D, Basement 1
Sitysuper Times Square

Tsim Sha Tsui
Shop 3001-DB, Level 3
Citysuper, Harbour City

Shop 128, Level 1,
New Town Plaza, Phase 1

Website: http://www.tripleo.com.hk/


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