It’s funny how so much of my time in Hong Kong revolved around the Chungking Mansion, which I wrote about after my last visit. At the time I said I wouldn’t return to the murder capital of the city. Spoiler alert: I did.
You want to change money? The best rates are in the Chungking Mansion. Cheapest shopping? You guessed it, the Chungking Mansion.
I started out my trip in another hotel paying triple what I paid at the Chungking. I ended up moving back because the room was as small as the one in the infamous building. Actually, this time the room was as nice or possibly nicer than the one I was paying three times as much for. It was recently renovated so it felt brand new. Sure it was behind a door labeled “Fire Escape” and didn’t appear to have proper licensing but whatever. It was clean and the wifi was fast.
When I was coming and going I noticed a door labeled Khyber-Pass Club: Members Only. I didn’t really give it much thought. Members only? Maybe it’s a brothel, given the building we were in. Not my business.
One night as I passed by the door was cracked open and I could hear voices coming from inside. So, because I’m nosey, I peeked in. I saw a crowded room full of people eating. There were even a few foreign faces in the crowd. I decided to investigate the Khyber- Pass Club.
Apparently, to my surprise, the Khyber-Pass Club is not a brothel. Instead it’s a members only Indian restaurant. The limited information that I found out about it online seemed to be overwhelmingly positive. Some even called it the best Indian food in Hong Kong. The owner was named the King of Curry and has been interviewed in magazines and featured on television. Obviously I had to investigate.
Although the members only requirement felt somewhat intimidating it turned out to be more of a formality. A quick application where no information was verified and you’re approved. The membership card also apparently entitles you to a discount on future visits.
Now, the important part: the food. The food was good but not amazing. The prices were fair, standard even. I had an Indian chicken curry dish (68 HKD/$8.75 USD) with rice and a Kingfisher beer. Would I eat here again? Yes. Would I call it the best Indian food in Hong Kong? Probably not.
At the end of the day this place is better for a story than a meal. It’s pretty cool to say I’m now a card-carrying member of a secret restaurant located in the Chungking Mansion. When you’re in Hong Kong I would say it’s worth a visit, especially if you’re not on a rushed trip.
The Khyber Pass is located on the 7th floor of Block E in the Chungking Mansion. The restaurant only accepts cash.