We caught the Star Ferry from Kowloon side to Central and caught a bus ( 70/75/72A all go to Aberdeen) to the waterfront from Exchange Square Bus Terminal. There were many touts pushing and shoving along the promenade trying to sell us a sampan ride over to the restaurant but having been there before I was aware of the FREE ferry they run over which leaves quite frequently.
It’s about a 10-minute walk from where the bus drops you to the actual jetty where the Jumbo Kingdom ferry leaves from, and it is on the other side of the promenade toilet block, so keep walking once you pass it.
Ferries run frequently to no schedule so you won’t wait too long on the wharf.
The terminal for the FREE FERRY is easy to recognise as its brightly coloured and could be called “loud” in its design (similar to the Jumbo Kingdom itself)
On arrival at the restaurant, we asked for the bar expecting to have a few beverages before lunch. There is NO bar, and the hostess didn’t seem at all interested in directing us in for lunch.
We climbed the staircase ourselves and admired the wonderful tapestry taking photos as we went and then arrived at the top deck at the restaurants reception area.
We asked after a table for two but were declined. We are still not sure if we were under dressed (we both had long pants on and a t-shirt) or whether we should have made a booking. With 2000 seats at the Jumbo Kingdom I had assumed a booking wouldn’t be necessary.
I have eaten there before and I know the food is mediocre but it is just the ambience you go for. The Jumbo Kingdom is an establishment and an experience in itself, having served some of the world’s most important people over the years. From my last visit, the service wasn’t that crash hot either. But on this occasion, we sadly couldn’t get a seat. So we bussed back to Causeway Bay and took lunch there very disappointed.
I wouldn’t come back again, and if anything, they need………………. IT’S A BAR!!!!! For pre lunch/dinner drinks and some warm welcoming staff.
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