I have to admit, I’ve not eaten here, but I’ve been to Aberdeen Harbour and have seen it. What is ‘it’? ‘It’ is a famous floating restaurant called ‘Jumbo Kingdom‘.
The first floating restaurants appeared in the typhoon shelter shortly after World War II. The longest established have been Sea Palace Floating Restaurant (here is an old picture) which apparently was sold and towed to Australia some years ago (but all I can find is info about a Sea Palace restaurant in Amsterdam, not sure if that’s the same) and the current two floating restaurants moored next to each other in the harbour, Jumbo Floating Restaurant and Tai Pak Floating Restaurant which are now under the same management and collectively known as Jumbo Kingdom.
The triple-deck Jumbo, elaborately decorated in the theme of a Chinese Imperial Palace with pagodas and gold dragons is the largest floating restaurant in the world, seating over 2,000 diners, and rather dwarfs its smaller neighbour to which it is linked by walkways.
The original Jumbo was burnt down before its opening in 1971 with a loss of over 30 lives. It was rebuilt and finally opened in 1976.
It has been featured in many movies including James Bond “The Man With The Golden Gun” and Jackie Chan’s “The Protector”. Tai Pak, which can seat about 400 diners, dates back to 1952 and has also has celebrity status having featured in several movies including “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” in 1955 and “The World of Suzie Wong” in 1960.
Both floating restaurants look amazing – but even more if you look at their backside, which is not really fancy but actually just practical!
And here from a little more distance:
Overall very impressive to look at – and how knows, maybe one day I’ll dine there. If I will, I’ll let you know!