Month: March 2015

Pololi: Hawaiian-style tuna sashimi for healthy takeaway lunch

Pololi has (literally) added colour to Central for lunch takeaway options. I usually turn to Pret or some sushi box from City Super when I’m attempting to eat something a little cleaner, but Pololi definitely beats those boring and outdated options to promise a non-guilty, refreshing yet satiating meal. They have a few tuna variations (spicy, mixed with avocado, mayo etc.) and vegetarian ones too. This “poke” is served on top of white/brown rice and/or salad. I went with the half and half option – half brown rice, half salad – which I highly recommend. It’s primarily a takeaway store, but they also have about four high seats facing the wall (not really a lunch date kind of place) – I did manage to get a seat though as most patrons were takeaway-ers. When I visited, they were only serving tuna and veg options, but I heard they are exploring other fishes too (I overheard mention of salmon and yellowtail!!!) Pololi is located on 35 Graham Street, Central. The bowl I had – Tuna poke …

Cafe Gray Deluxe: Fine dining with delicious wines and breathtaking view

Little things count. And Cafe Gray certainly knows this. Their attention to details during our dinner was really what made the overall experience so memorable compared with other fine dining meals I’ve had in Hong Kong. The restaurant is located on the 49th floor of Upper House – a relatively new boutique hotel in Admiralty atop Pacific Place – which translates into a beautiful view of Victoria Harbour. They serve western dishes with hints of fusion touches (African, Chinese, Indian…). They charge HK$725 for their four course “Market Menu” which is a relatively inexpensive price tag considering its location, ambience, food and service. Notably, their sommelier was super knowledgeable and the wine pairing worked very well with our dishes (highly recommended). All in all, it’s an excellent choice to treat your loved ones on a special occasion. There are two choices for each course (see the Market Menu on their website) and we picked all of them (there were two of us) to sample them all. To be honest, you can’t really go wrong with any of …

5 great Asian lunch spots in Tsim Sha Tsui for under HK$100

In Central, when you’re paying less than HK$100, it’s hard to get good food that’s not designed for your desk, barring cha chan tengs and places with uncomfortable seating. As such, Tsim Sha Tsui has become my favourite destination for lunch as it’s only two MTR stops away, food is much cheaper and you can easily avoid table wait time. Here are some of my best value-for-money recommendations for lunch: New Bangkok Restaurant New Bangkok Restaurant Thai – New Bangkok Restaurant (6/F iSQUARE) The restaurant is kind of hidden in the corner on 6/F between Shanghai Popo and the Hokkaido ramen place. They fry their noodles and rice really well (with “wok hay”) and so I would also recommend their Pad Thai. Their tom yum soup noodles was so-so though. Another key highlight of this place is definitely the price. Lunch set includes good soup and a drink; we paid HK$45 per person (shocking!!!). New Bangkok Restaurant is located on 6/F of iSQUARE. Not sure if they take reservations but they are usually not full during lunch time. …

How to get good avocados in Hong Kong

For the longest time, people have curiously asked me where I got my avocados from in Hong Kong. I used to post a lot of photos of avocado-related meals on Instagram or Facebook. I still consume them regularly and so a handful of people at work have also been asking me. So where do I buy my avocados from? I always get the cheapest ones from Wellcome supermarket (I read here that it’s not necessary to buy organic avocados). People ask because the problem with avocados in Hong Kong is: They are rock hard when you buy them One day they immediately turn rotten Avocados are rock hard when you buy them, which means they are still raw and not ready to eat. Leave them on the counter and they will ripen over a few days. Check on them daily and once it feels slightly soft on the outside (give it a gentle squeeze), they’re ready, ripe and perfect to eat. But if you’re not in the mood to eat them right away, put the straight into …

French food at Bistro du Vin Kennedy Town

I love French food for the food, but not so much the fact that it’s so often served as fine dining. Apart from the insufficient portions and extortionate prices, the uncomfortable formality is among the biggest reasons I avoid such places. For that reason, La Grande Bouffe and La Port Parfume are excellent lunch spots. But Bistro du Vin is still the casual French restaurant that impresses me most and countless people have revealed the same to me. In fact, I visited on a Monday night and they were fully booked! Scallops carpaccio The dish was simple and refreshing. Honestly it wasn’t served with much more than the super fresh scallops themselves, so it was really the quality of the seafood that we were amazed by. That means, no fishy taste whatsoever. Escargots with bone marrow *must order* I’ve probably had bone marrow five times in my life and I almost swore I would not make a mistake for the sixth time. But I still wanted to try it this time and it was amazing. …

Try this: Chocolate lover frozen yogurt from Smile

The froyo craze died down massively a few years ago. We all watched a lot of frozen yogurt outlets open then close around Hong Kong and they are much less prevalent now. Thankfully for survival of the fittest, the best ones seem to still be alive and running right now. By far my favourite froyo is from Smile. The texture is very thick and creamy (and not icy). The taste is quite tarty but not unbearably so. Sometimes I try to be healthy and order the fruit version, but my favourite combo is really the Chocolate Lover. It’s served with delicious cubes of brownie, tasty crumbs and other chocolate things. I guess the only downside is its steep price of HK$61. Well, if it’s any comfort, the portions are quite big..! Smile is located in Ocean Terminal (Tsim Sha Tsui) and Hysan Place (Causeway Bay)

4 best cappuccinos in Hong Kong

When you’ve been having cappuccino everyday for the past years of working, Starbucks gets a little boring and mediocre. I usually switch between Coffee of the Day (the bargain option), Cappuccino and Ristretto Bianco (a stronger version of cappuccino to put it unprofessionally). If even these options are getting old, treat yourself to something better. Here are four places that make my favourite cappuccino. 1. Fuel for strong coffee I hate Fuel for being so expensive; they charge HK$48 for cappuccino and it’s not that big either (probably smaller than Starbucks’ tall size). But there’s a reason why they’re still so busy anyway. They probably do the best coffee I’ve had in Hong Kong – their coffee is strong, distinct and perhaps edging towards a hint of sourness. Plus, the taste is always consistent. Fuel is located in the basement level of Landmark and P3 of IFC (both in Central). Cappuccino costs HK$48. 2. 18 grams for balanced coffee 18 grams is probably my second favourite. The coffee taste in their cappuccino is just about sufficiently strong, though much …