We adore Indian cooking and feel that Indian is one of the world’s really great cuisines. We always seek out Indian restaurants when we travel. This is a review of the Koh-i-Noor Indian Restaurant on Mody Road, TST, Hong Kong. This is confusing because Trip Advisor gives an address of 34-36 D’Aguilar St in Central, but the existing TripAdvisor reviews of Koh-I-Noor relate to a Koh-i-Noor at Mody Road, TST, Kowloon as does ours. The authoritative Hong Kong dining site openrice.com confirms that the D’Aguilar St is CLOSED. So here goes a review of Koh-i-Noor Indian Restaurant on Mody Road in TST.
As other reviewers have noted, the restaurant location at 1/F, 3-4 Peninsula Mansion, 16C Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, is forbidding. We’re attaching some photos which we hope will help diners actually find the restaurant. The Peninsula Mansion is a large, somewhat rundown building. Even after we found the building we had trouble figuring out where the restaurant was and how to get to it. We could not see an entrance on Mody Road so we turned the corner onto Miden Row where we did see an overhead sign for the restaurant.
Most of the other businesses on this part of Minden Lane were closed. The entrance we found was down a dark and somewhat scary hallway into the building which led to an elevator. If this was in Manila I would not have considered continuing, but it was Hong Kong which I consider to be quite safe. The elevator must be the dingiest in Hong Kong — small, dirty and noisy. We took it up one floor and proceeded down a likewise dark and dingy hallway which at last took us to the restaurant.
If you take the Mody Road entrance shown in the photos you’ll be spared the Minden Lane experience and go more directly to the restaurant.
Once we actually got to the restaurant, we found a refined, brightly-lit and nicely furnished restaurant hidden in the Peninsula Mansion.
It was early and we were the only guests. We wondered, “is there a reason no one else is dining here”. But we’re very happy to report that we were very well treated and the food and service were excellent. More patrons arrived as we ate our dinner.
Previously, we had eaten at Bombay Dreams, a fancy Michelin-reviewed and quite good upscale Indian restaurant in Central. While we enjoyed Bombay Dreams, we thought the food as good or better at Koh-i-Noor. Perhaps that’s because we had the buffet at Bombay Dreams and cooked-to-order food at Koh-i-Noor. In any case we had samosas, gosht vindaloo, raita, garlic and plain nan (I’ve never had better), and lassis.
Now that we realize what a hidden jewel Koh-i-Noor is, we’ll be regular patrons at Koh-i-Noor when we’re in Hong Kong.