Went there with great anticipation with family. Actually it's my 3rd time there. Went twice with friends before on business trips. Thought the food was ok before and the experience of going to an off shore island for dinner was attractive. Plus they offer a free ferry ride there from TST or central. Seems like a good deal.
The ferry arrived on time. It's abit dangerous and exciting as there's no proper railings to grab just hop on, hopefully grab somebody's hand and hope not to fall.
The ride was choppy and bumpy. Took 45 min to arrive. We had made reservations and were directed to the left side tables with yellow table cloth. Rainbow seafood restaurant.
The service was curt and selection was seafood not that many. Quite disappointed. And very expensive! The mantis shrimp were min. HKD180 per piece. Like S$30?! Each! I think I can get also in any local seafood restaurant without having to fly to HK & take a bumpy ferry there..
We ordered some anyway since we were already there. Abalone, scallops, mantis shrimp, clams etc. there's also another menu of veggies , rice, noodles. Don't understand why there's only 1 menu places on the front table and everyone had to crowd over it to order.
The chilli sauces, tea etc also had to be paid for. There's a small card on the table which wrote, if you don't want these condiments pls inform before hand or they will be charged. Not cheap either, around HKD8-10 each person! Just for tea, sauces are extra charge! What a rip off!
The food arrived quickly. Pretty fresh I must say but it's a fishing village. I would expect it to be fresh. Service again was curt and choppy.
Although there was a non-smoking sign, the obnoxious Chinese PRC man on the next table kept smoking like a chimney. It was so obvious but the staff didn't stop him. We quickly ate and left.
When we complained, the cashier told us to tell the manager, the manager said he didn't see and claimed to be busy. But it was lull period with hardly any guests. Basically bad excuses.
Our table of food cost us above HKD1000 (S$200+) for 4 persons. Not cheap. Ok, I guess for the experience of dining on a fishing village.
After our dinner, we walked around and found out that at the end of the row, there's ANOTHER Rainbow Seafood Restaurant with red table cloth. There's more seafood and more stuff. But... It's only for LOCALS & White people. Discrimination!!
The locals and whites were directed to the bigger shop while the Chinese and Asians were directed to the other shop! It's horrible to find out we were discriminated against! That really made the dinner taste sour.
Things were made worse later when we boarded the boat back to the mainland HK. We didn't know that we requires and were not given sticker tickets for boarding the ferry, after payment. The boatman insisted that we didn't dine at their restaurant and are not allowed to take the ferry back!! Luckily, 2 girls who had also dined at the restaurant that night vouched for us that we did indeed dine there and scolded the boatman in Cantonese, then he let us board! Horrible!!
Really a terrible experience. For that price, there's definitely much better seafood restaurants around. No need to waste time & money to dine there! Won't be back!
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