Month: February 2015

Creative European-inspired food at The Continental

The Continental has taken over one of the best restaurant locations in Hong Kong atop Pacific Place or where Domani used to be. Here, British Chef Rowley Leigh introduces a European cafe-inspired British menu and some of the dishes here were just unforgettable – creativity mixed with generally great execution. Raw tuna with ginger dressing *must order* The raw tuna was delicately thin, shining light on the tasty ginger dressing, making this dish much more interesting than the usual tuna carpaccio you see on other restaurant’s menu. “Ginger dressing” is really a humble understatement of what the sauce here really is. The flavours were really interesting and quite complex; the ginger taste was pleasantly not overriding. Parmesan custard with anchovy toast *must order* The mention of “anchovies” on a menu is usually an instant turn off for me. But I had forgotten that these were in the toast on my first bite; the anchovy taste was very subtle, albeit detectable after two bites or so. It was more like sea salt seasoning rather than fishy flavour, which I liked very much. But the highlight of …

Try this: Green tea cheesecake and Thai tea from Teakha

Located up the hill from Hollywood Road in the trendy area of Sheung Wan – what some call PoHo – the surroundings of hipster tea cafe Teakha is quite relaxed. It’s too bad that Hong Kong rents are so high that these places can’t afford to be spacious and have a comfortable interior at the same time! There are only limited and tiny seats available. But the food offerings here are legit, worth the trek and perhaps worth the uncomfortable seating too! Authentic low sugar Thai milk tea (HK$38) I’ve had lots of trouble finding authentic Thai milk tea outside of Bangkok but this one is spot on the real deal. In fact it tastes even better than many of the ones I tried during my trips to Thailand. One thing I love about it is that they make it not very sweet by default! Just gotta live with the fact that it’s kind of overpriced. Best green tea cheesecake in Hong Kong (HK$42) I love all things matcha and green tea! This must be …

Exotic fruits from Yuen Hing Kowloon City

A typical fruit stand from afar, this store in Kowloon City sells some of the top quality exotic fruits freshly flown in from around the globe. Some of these fruits can be spotted at higher-end supermarkets (like City super or Three sixty), but the freshness and quality of the ones sold at this particular store are unparalleled. Kumquats from Japan 日本 (鹿兒島) 柑桔 Kumquats (sort of like mandarins) are usually ridiculously sour and I used to deem them inedible. But not only are these sweet, you can eat the soft skin on these Japanese Kumquats and it tastes incredibly good! You simply bite into the skin and the centre is soft and fibre-y (like an orange). There’s a hint of sourness but most of them are very sweet. Some supermarkerts sell similar ones in similar packaging – but I tasted one before and the texture and taste turned out to be completely different! A box of 32 costs close to HK$600. Snow pink strawberries from Japan 日本 (佐賀) 雪之粉紅士多啤梨 You’d think these are strawberries gone bad, but they are …

Quick burgers and korritos at Kobab & Koshi in Central

I usually make sure I get out of the office for lunch, even if it’s a short one. I headed over to Wo On Lane (tucked within Lan Kwai Fong) in Central and decided to try this relatively new Korean fusion gourmet fast food. Good reviews and photos of their juicy burger was what arouse my initial attention, but at 2pm, it was the chicken korrito that left me happy even before the long weekend had started! Juicy tender burger At this place, if not korrito, then burger. So between the two of us, we ordered those. They didn’t ask me how I wanted my patty cooked and so I was a bit regretful when I realised 5 minutes after I ordered. Nevertheless, it was no disaster that the beef was cooked well done as the patty was not dry at all (as it often is when well done) – it was extremely delicious and juicy; quite flavourful too. The only tiny complaint is that the burger was a little too greasy for me (but we are …

Great combination of coffee and brunch at The Cupping Room

Sheung Wan is always the best place to go for brunch or coffee in Hong Kong – it’s the only area with so much choice. Thankfully, the latest recommendation I’ve been hearing about is pretty good at both. I finally brought myself to this relatively convenient area (Cleverly street) where The Cupping Room is located. Though not the best brunch or best coffee I’ve had, they’re great at the combination of both. For a proper heavy brunch, check out my review of Blue Butcher (also in Sheung Wan). Cappuccino a tad too creamy for me Recommended by a lot of Instagrammers and foodies for their coffee, I have been excited to get my weekend caffeine fix here for a while. No doubt my cappuccino looked pretty with the perfect latte art and the texture of the coffee was silky creamy, but I personally like my coffee tasting strong and this one was just a tad too creamy and milky for my loving. I’d say it’s a must-try if you are not a strong-coffee-lover though. Hong Kong western-style breakfast featuring delicious sourdough The …

Try this: Moist slice of red velvet cake from Cedele

When they sliced up the red velvet cake, it was definitely less red than I had expected. Then I thought, what is red velvet cake anyway? Red velvet is a chocolate-based cake (though much less chocolate-y than chocolate cake) which typically uses buttermilk and is topped with cream cheese frosting. So the red is most usually just colouring – the lack of red in this version was probably a good thing then! Cedele’s red velvet cake is extremely moist, soft and spongy in texture. I’d say the taste is a little lighter than usual and definitely tastes very “homemade”. The cream cheese frosting was a bit tough and compact – I would’ve liked a softer and creamier topping. That said, along with their amazing lemon tart (featured in 5 best lemon tarts in Hong Kong), their red velvet cake is definitely worth a try. Cedele is located in Elements (West Kowloon), Infinitus plaza (Sheung Wan) and Tai Kok Tsui.

Unforgettable short rib burger at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen

I’ve always been a fan of Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen, to be precise) but heard about the crazy waiting time at Bread Street Kitchen on Facebook a few months back, so I decided to wait for the hype to pass instead. I walked in on a week night at about 7pm and chose the bar table over the sharing table, though both looked equally uncomfortable. So let’s just base this review on tastes alone and readers be reminded to make a reservation to enjoy your meal at a proper table! Tenderly well-seasoned steak tartare with quail egg Steak tartares in Hong Kong always disappoint. Most of them turn out to be very chewily raw or they just don’t put the right seasoning on it. This must have been the first delicious good quality one I’ve had since I moved back to Hong Kong from London almost five years ago. Both the texture and taste was great and it definitely reminded me of the ones I had back in London – maybe even better! Refreshing sea bass carpaccio I obviously …