You have to love the English language and the alternate definitions of words. I'm not using the word reservations with the definition of doubt. I'm talking about making dinner reservations. I'm so used to the domestic way of making reservations. Jump on something like Open Table, put in your date, time, how many in your party, hit send and viola, you have a dinner reservation. I thought making dinner plans for eating in HK would be just as simple.
Of course, it's not. After doing a bit of research of which restaurants I wanted to eat at, I proceeded to try and make reservations. Hmmm...this restaurant doesn't only accepts reservations through the phone. Factor in time zone, the possibility that broken English may hinder the process, calling from a US phone number. Okay, next restaurant, this restaurant accepts reservations via internet, great. So why are they asking me to pay up front to hold the reservation? It's a Michelin Star restaurant and they want payment in full. Uh, let's cancel that one. Next one, no reservations available online, call the restaurant. Really? After more researching and narrowing things down further, I was finally able to book some reservations. Now I am having some reservations about those reservations...
What I discovered is the HK version of Open Table. It's something called Chope.
I was able to make some reservations through Chope, but none of the Michelin Star ones. I also found an entirely different website called https://www.feedmeguru.com/ that is running a Crabalicious special during the month of November. The feedmeguru thing is similar to Dine about Town. A number of restaurants offer a special set menu at a discounted price. Crab, Michelin star restaurant, reservation without having to pay up front. Shang Palace here we come!
After more planning, research, messaging, emailing, I was able to fill out a pretty full schedule of restaurants. I chose one that asked if we wanted to dine on the roast duck. If so, I had to order it in advance since it was a 24 hour process to make and they typically sell out. Yes, please "reserve" me one of those.