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“Off The Beaten Track...”

Yau Ley Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #3,985 of 15,232 Restaurants in Hong Kong
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Reviewed 5 March 2021

You can spend a lovely, long, lazy afternoon here on a weekend. It’s off the beaten track but getting here is half the fun. It’s easily accessible by private boat but otherwise, you can walk in from the MacLehose trail or jump on the ferry or speedboat from Sai Kung pier.
This is no frills, casual dining, not unlike the Cheung Chau or Lamma Island seafood restaurants.
It has the most wonderful position overlooking a long jetty and small harbour on one side and a secluded sandy beach on the other. Its particular charm is that you can eat and drink, wander onto the beach for a bit, wander back to your table, eat and drink some more while the afternoon unfolds. Bring beach cricket or your boules set and play on the beach in the afternoon and you won’t want to leave.
On a weekend, it’s best to book ahead especially if you have a group. The menu is extensive. But the highlights are the salt and pepper prawns, whole fish and the steamed squid. BYO wine.
DIRECTIONS FOR HIKING IN: Either walk or catch a taxi to marker 12 on the MacLehose Trail (Stage 1). These are the only options because private cars are not allowed this far into the park. At marker 12, you will see a very clear sign-post on your right and a set of stairs leading downhill. It’s an easy 25 min walk downhill via a lot of steps. There’s only one point where you can go wrong. Keep an eye out for a signpost halfway down. It’s very obvious and is clearly marked ‘Tung A’. Turn left here. After that, just keep going along the path. You’ll cross a bridge and pass a large temple but just keep following the path around a small cove and until you see a dark green house and the restaurant is on your right. If you walk from the start of the MacLehose Trail, it will take about 1.5 hour. To return to Sai Kung, there’s a slow ferry or the restaurant can organise a speedboat for you, which is fun (around $80pp).

Date of visit: February 2021
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18  Thank Mairwen1
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Reviewed 3 June 2020

We have coming here for years and do love this place.
On a weekend, be sure to book a table ahead of going there as it is usually packed, especially on a sunny day.
On the north side of the restaurant is the berthing area. You could arrive on the public pier, if on a small boat (like we have), tie up on the jetty or on a bigger yacht tie up along a fish farm or anchor up, you need to dig down your anchor well to get a good holding.
On the south side is a beautiful little beach, popular by kids when adults are dining. Be aware of swells when larger motor yachts are speeding by on the way to Sor See Mun.
Food is always good, from good to excellent compared to who is cooking that day. Service is friendly.
Food is certainly pricy.
Even there are many seafood restaurants in the area Yau Lay got their own unique style of cooking, we like the squid. Scallops are good. Fried rice, so so.

Date of visit: May 2020
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2  Thank Calle K
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Reviewed 22 May 2020 via mobile

This is similar to most of the seafood restaurants around HK islands. Seafood is fresh and prepared well, menu is similar and no surprises. No frills but you can byo and drink your best wines with your lunch. Best of all is the view.

Date of visit: April 2020
Thank aliyainbali
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Reviewed 27 December 2019

We took a cab from Sai Kung through the Country Park and along the High Island Resevoir, stopping by the little pagoda above Pak Lap village. A gentle walk takes you down to the beach where there is a small bar. From here you can walk over the hill to Leung Shuen Wan. This is more of an effort and possibly not for everyone! You can get there by boat, and by cab. We took the slow boat back to Sai Kung which takes about an hour or you can pay a bit more for a speedboat.
The food is very good, although when busy the service is leisurely. Not the cheapest but some very nice seafood especially the clams and deep fried fish.
There is a clean little beach for children to play on one side and the dock on the other with views of a small floating village.
If the weather is a glorious as the day we went, this is a day trip to remember.

Date of visit: December 2019
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2  Thank AdamGNorton
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Reviewed 27 May 2019

Easy seafood lunch, taking in the views east of Sai Kung. Great value casual venue. Get the fast boat from Sai Kung and back.

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank mikegoodall
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