Tuesday, 5 May 2009

HONG KONG RESTAURANT - SEAGATE


The Hong Kong was located right next door to the ABC cinema in the Seagate, as I'm sure the majority of you will remember.
If not, here's a photo of the interior to refresh your memory, which dates from the late 60's.
It's strange that it was there for years & years and I would have passed by it hundreds of times, yet I don't recall ever having visited it!
Never mind me though - as well as the grub aspect, they also had bands on sometimes, as the ad under the snap shows and is dated March 1977.
Featured here we have Paul Edison, the ex lead singer of 60's pop group, The Ivy League.
Also on the bill, a band called The Vikings.
Many of you will know there was a Dundee act called The Vikings, they even released a single, but as far as I know, they split up in the late 60's. So would this be the same group reformed, or is this a completely different outfit with the same name I wonder?
Anyway, all this for under a quid sounds like a decent deal to me!

22 comments:

  1. I remember going there around 1970 for a friends birthday party. I was 10 and this was a pretty strange thing to do. Normally we would go to somebody's house and do Lay the Cushion Doon and Simon Says, etc, but Barbara Muir invited about five friends to the cinema and then the Hong Kong.

    As you can imagine there wre a lot of requests for Chicken Maryland amongst the kids.

    Then if I haven't lost my mind saw the Delmontes there years after.....????

    Craig

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  2. there were 3 great restaurants that we used to frequent when underage - the hong kong, the oriental gardens and the universal gardens up the perth road. also a good one was the anarkali in broughty ferry. they all did fab chicken marylands!! and cheap cider and babychams!!!!

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  3. My Boss at the time used to take us for a 3 course special lunch on Fridays with drinks, seem to remember the stairs being steeper on the way out !

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  4. Brilliant place, loved the atmosphere and decor, was a special treat once a month or so, Ast Spumante, chicken fried rice etc. If I remember, you had to sit in the foyer on arrival and were shown to your table when it became ready. Saw Carl Denver Trio here one Saturday night too. Love the photo, brings back memories.

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  5. In the 1970s many of the 60s bands did a week (or maybe a few nights residency) here. If I remember correctly, the windows onto the Seagate had loads of pictures of who was due to come. I remember seeing Dave Berry and the Cruisers and all for the price of a meal. If there was an admission charge on top I don't think it was very much...

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  6. The Historian6 May 2009 at 11:10

    Was probably the first chinese restaurant I ever went to, in fact, it was. Chicken Maryland lol, the memories. Great pic again retro Dundee, well done.

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  7. Girls in my class went there b4 going to the JM so they could get a drink so me & my pal tried it - they wouldn't serve us alcohol, then 2 guys got put at our table so we asked them to get it for us (as you did in those days!) Still didn't get a drink - just our luck.
    Anyway we did go back and after a couple of visits we managed to get drinks so it became a regular b4 the JM - no idea what we ate or how we could afford it - we were all still at school!

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  8. What memories! I loved this place, always a stop off at the end of a night out in the late 70s for me......have to admit that mates and I did a "runner" on the place - high-spirits and much alcohol!

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  9. i worked in the resident band mamba it was dreadful the manager was willie wong who mysteriously killed himself shot 2 times in the head theres a thing thank god wasnt there long

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  10. I worked upstairs in the excelsior on occasion to helpout and mr wong always made me and my guest of the day very welcome downstairs for my chicken fried rice. An occasional chick fight to end the night. happy days.
    miles

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  11. I played here in a resident band July/August 1979. We had a blast! Think the owner was a Mr. Sum at the time and the DJ was Shuggie. They had a flat soewhere in Dundee that the bands stayed in as did we. Great memories. As I remember there was two sittings and we playe around the meals so to speak, as did Shuggie. I et a lovely girl while here, Lesley Cartmill. Love to contact her again. Any help welcomed. My name is Andy, I was the drummer and I'm from Yorkshire.

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  12. God, I am old!

    We went to it by bus during the lunch hour from the Morgan, the week it opened. Probably 1964 or 1963 - the first Chinese restaurant we ever knew.

    My meal was curried salmon/rice. The salmon was like chunks from a tin, but I found it delicious and was hooked!

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  13. Great photo Remember it well and was a DJ there under Willie Wong. Shared the nights with the late Jimmy Lowe. Saw some great bands there including Gerry & the Pacemakers. Mrs Millar worked in the office and Sum was the manager until Willie died. And yes the staff meal was chicken in a basket!!!

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  14. Oh the memories. My friend and I used to drive over from Fife for a meal and a boogie all inclusive. 2 girls on the pull but we never did!! I remember the band but can't recall their name. One band member was called Alan Gregory I think. I'm sure he was the drummer. I loved that place.

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  15. I remember the Hong Kong restaurant well, I worked there at weekends when I was at school and then on and off between 1969 and 1971. It used be flood during periods of heavy rain. I saw many band band play ther as Willie Wong was in partnership with a promotoer (Jimmy I think) who office was above the Hong Kong Restaurant. I remember on band called Trio Leary another called Thynglechime who went on to win Opportunity Knocks and Willie had us hand out pre-addressed postcards to dinners to get them set off to Opportunity Knocks. I worked in most of Willies restaurant - Hong Kong, Kowloon and Shanghi in Dundee - the Silver City in Aberdeen - He was also involved in Dundeee Interioir Furniture and had a shop above the Hong Kong Resturant selling all sort of goods from Hong Kong including blown up furniture. Happy times

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    1. As the time I was married to the drummme of Trio Leary! Often wondered what became of them? Anyone know?

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  16. My husband and I went there on a blind date with another couple in 1968. We married in 1969 and are still married, now living in Melbourne Australia. The Hong Kong holds a special memory for us. Linda and Callum

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  17. i worked there as a waitress from about 77-79 i thought it was a great place to work great banter with the customers ..shuggie and billy were the dj's at the time pat was behind the bar ...the waitresses i remem ber are.hazel,moira,lilian (mypal) my names maggie we used to have a right laugh and got to here the bands and get paid for it lol lots of good memories

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  18. I remember the Hong Kong so well. I used to love the Chicken and Fried Rice. Saw the Walker Brothers there, although Scott Walker wasn't with them, they had a sister singing with them. I sat and chatted to the other brother, John Walker. I remember he had the same ring as me, the one which had the word "LOVE" on it. I wanted to swap with him but he didn't want to. Probaby his was a more expensive one. LOL. They also used to have GOGO dancers there on some evenings. Great Memories.

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    1. I went on to work at the Wheel Inn n Scone, Buddies in broughty ferry, Jackie Os in Kirkcaldy, Flicks in brechin, links hotel nightclub in montrose, jordans in cupar and won the regional heat of Dj of the year competition. 40 years in, still working and waiting for my long service medal
      Bill

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  19. I remember it well and the owner Willie Wong. MY Dad Abby "Lane" Laing played there a lot I got given an album and signed photos by Mr What do you wanna make those eyes at me for, Emile ford when he played there. I still have it lol.

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  20. use to watch abby lane in the glamis and later in gj's up the Hilltown great entertainer....willy wong also owned the ambassador so the acts would play one or the other of his places ..

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