Let’s face it, theme parks generally aren’t known for their outstanding food choices but we were pleasantly surprised to learn Ocean Park theme park offers a unique dining experience for park guests.
Tuxedos restaurant directly overlooks the penguin enclosure so diners have a front row view to these cute little creatures. Enjoy lunch with penguins splashing past, see their underwater antics and even watch them being fed.
We were shown to our table which we were delighted to find was super close to the penguins, giving us a great view. The temperature is very cool in here (for obvious reasons), the staff wear heavy jackets and it is a bit chilly but a welcome change after the sweltering heat outside. If you feel the cold badly bring a light cardigan, we weren’t overly uncomfortable but my son did put on a long sleeved t-shirt.
The menu offers a range of soups, salads, pasta, pizza all with an Asian twist They also serve coffee which can be tricky to come by in a theme park. We opted for a set menu for the little guy which consisted of pasta, fruit, corn on the cob,a tart and a fruit juice priced at $198 Hong Kong dollars. The kids meal came out served in an adorable replica of the Ocean Express ride; Ocean Park’s Jules Verne style train ride which my son was very impressed with.
I chowed down on a simple snack of chips, vegetable soup and several serves of caffeine. Our food was served very quickly with kids meals given priority. The staff were efficient and helpful and any request was quickly attended to.
Adult set meals were priced around the $300HK Dollars mark. While prices at Tuxedos aren’t cheap, the experience and the air con are worth splashing the cash.
We were lucky enough to be seated at our table during Penguin lunch time so we got to watch the keepers feeding the frenzied penguins. Keepers even come right over to the restaurant side of the penguin enclosure and throw some fish around in front of the tables so you get to see the Penguins ducking and diving for their dinner all whilst you’re enjoying your own. On our visit Penguin feeding occurred shortly after 12 so check the timetable for the day and try to time your lunch to coincide.
If you’re visiting Ocean Park, make this your lunch venue.