Yat Lok is one of the most famous roast goose restaurants in Hong Kong but does it really live up to its hype? This is one question that has been debated over and over again and sometimes.
The roast goose institution sits on Stanley Street in Central Hong Kong and is infamous for their atrocious service. The group of staff is some of the most impatient and rudest around; you have been warned.
But people from all over the world still brave the “harsh treatment” for their roast goose. Would you do the same? Well, here’s what we think.
Yat Lok is a family-run establishment and is a household name amongst locals for many years even before it was recommended in the Michelin guide and bestowed an honourable Michelin star in 2015, though they lost it this year in 2017.
It has been nearly half a century since award-winning Yat Lok started serving amazing roast meat with their family secret recipe, and the rest is history.
Unlike most Michelin-star restaurants, Yat Lok does not have a fancy set-up and its unnoticeable shopfront will have you doing a double take. Friendly staff service and well-furbished interiors are practically non-existent.
And the star of the shop—Roast Goose. Now, we have to say every trip had us realising how incredibly gratifying every bite of the roast goose is. Roasted to perfection with a beautiful crisp to its skin, even celebrity food critic (and our idol) Anthony Bourdain is a fan.
There are several other combinations such as the Roast Goose & Soya Chicken Noodles but we’d say stick to the classic Roast Goose Rice. The chicken was nothing to shout about at all and in fact, pretty underwhelming.
For ultimate satisfaction, go for the Roast Goose Drumstick Rice (HK$108). Still not enough? Add on Char Siew for HK$30. If you are dining in a big group, go for half a goose (HK$290) or even a whole (HK$580).
Yat Lok Restaurant
Conwell House, G/F,
34-38 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
Mon to Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 10am – 5.30pm
Nearest Station: Central