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Jimmy's Kitchen, Old School HK Restaurant, Celebrates 85th B-day

In Hong Kong, where restaurants come and go and the city seems to transform on a daily basis, Jimmy's Kitchen, a chain with locations in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui for a long time now, held a party for friends on November 6 to celebrate the business' 85th birthday.

Jimmy's Kitchen started out with a restaurant in Wan Chai in 1936, which it later relocated to Central. After moving many times but staying inside Central, the restaurant finally settled on a permanent location in 1975. The Kowloon branch in Tsim Sha Tsui opened in the late 1960s. The rich history of both restaurants is vividly on display inside each. The chain has been operated by major Hong Kong restaurant operator Epicurean Group since 2002.

The lighting at the Central location is a little dimmer, and the interior has a classic feel, with low-key tones coloring the seating and supporting pillars. The tablecloths feel thick and are placed neatly. It has always been a popular gathering spot for sailors of Britain's Royal Navy, while Westerners and people of all nationalities still dine here regularly, many of them repeat customers. The Central restaurant has a dining area that seats 120, along with private rooms and a bar.

At the Kowloon location, a bar stands inside near the entrance, past which is the main dining area. Though more intimate than the Central restaurant with only 76 seats, it benefits from a more casual atmosphere. Red graces the seat covers and wallpaper to give the interior a laidback feel.

The Jimmy's Kitchen menu today is nearly identical to the one in 1969. The Chicken Kiev, a cutlet of chicken breast topped with butter and herbs, once sold for HK$10, but is now priced at HK$188. Steaks used to be HK$20 or so.

Business hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at lunch and 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at dinner.

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