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“Fresh but Rip off pricing. Poor service. Crazy hidden costs. Discrimination. Won't go back. ”

Rainbow Seafood Restaurant(the Sok Kwu Wan Seafood villages)
Ranked #638 of 15,533 Restaurants in Hong Kong
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Lamma Island
Reviewed January 21, 2016 via mobile

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!

Date of visit: January 2016
1  Thank mingzy
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Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

This was a great experience. We took a "junk" trip to Lamma Island and went to the Rainbow restaurant to eat. It is casual, fun and lively. The food was all very good I really loved the garlic prawns. The service was attentive and part of the fun. We had multiple excellent dishes washed down with good beer and a few bottles of wine. Them back on the boat to see the night lights of Hong Kong Island. Great trip and great food.

Date of visit: January 2016
Thank 673patp
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Reviewed January 3, 2016

We read a lot about this restaurant and decided to try. With a large mantis prawn, a crab and a lobster with some fried rice and a vegetable, the bill added to around HKD1,000. Lobster meat and large mantis prawn tasted better than expected. Nevertheless, seafood was fresh and good!

Date of visit: December 2015
Thank hanpinn
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Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Went to Lamma Island for a day trip and trek. Started with lunch at the Rainbow seafood restaurant. The restaurant was busy and the menu looked good. We chose deep fried squid, vegetables, Singapore noodles and garlic clams. The waiter was really disinterested and took his time to serve us. Three dishes arrived within 10 minutes, but the clams (which we were looking forward to the most) didn't arrive. After 40 minutes and having finished the other food we enquired and the waitress found our food on her serving station - so not sure how long she had had it?? We then had to wrangle a bit to get a refund.
So - we did enjoy the dishes we had but we were very disappointed with the service. The meal isn't cheap. In two minds whether we would go back.

Date of visit: January 2016
Thank purplefishz
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Reviewed January 1, 2016

HK¥1,400 for 3 of us for lunch, We had steamed fish, prawns, cuttlefish, mantis shrimp, fried rice. Competent enough food, but not terribly impressive. Watch out for extra charge with their 3 sauces placed on every table. Charged HK$24 for these sauces which are neither good looking nor tasty. We had no idea we would be charged for these. Tell them you do not want these if you do not intend to use

Date of visit: December 2015
Thank RayChangX
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