When I lived in Hong Kong, I rarely went to Western restaurants. I was on a student budget for my first three years there and when I had the luxury of going out, it was to small noodle and congee stalls–the kind that cost less than $2 for a full meal.
After I entered the workforce, I occasionally went to Western restaurants with groups of American friends for birthdays or farewell parties. But I regret I never made it to Jimmy’s Kitchen, a Hong Kong institution since 1928.
I found this ad from 1962 and of all the Western restaurants listed on this page, only Jimmy’s remains today. The ad boasts “genuine Indian curries, Georgian Shashlick, grilled Spiced Chicken, Black Pepper Steak.” It’s more eclectic than I’d thought.
Even my mom and grandma ate at Jimmy’s back in the 60s.
“When we went to Jimmy’s Kitchen,” my mom told me, “one of my friends was offended they had ketchup bottles on the tables.” How gauche.
But seriously, if Jimmy’s has been around for 82 years, it must be doing something right.