Month: May 2015

Morton’s Steakhouse: Favourite in Hong Kong

When asking for the Best Steakhouse in Hong Kong, Morton’s Steakhouse and Intercontinental’s Steakhouse + Winebar Grill will almost always be the two answers you get – an answer I completely agree with too. Both places serve absolutely excellent quality USDA rib eye steaks for a roughly similar price and I do struggle to decide which place wins the “Best Steak in Hong Kong” title – but whatever the potential outcome, it’d be highly controversial. That said, Morton’s wins my heart over a little because of it’s steak execution and irresistible desserts. Pink Tonic – A classic gin and tonic with a grapefruit and lemongrass twist Steaks paired with Cocktails Wine is always the go-to drink for any steak dinner, but at this special event, we paired the food with cocktails and the results were surprisingly good. Pink Tonic and Asarita were my favourites. Prime Ocean Platter (for 3-4 people) Chilled Morton’s Prime Ocean Platter for four – HK$990 This platter can be ordered for two to six people and this was the four people portion. The majority thought the Alaskan King Crab Leg was the …

Casa Lisboa: Real Portuguese food in Heart of Hong Kong

I never thought I was a fan of Portuguese food. After sampling most of the popular ones in Macau, I decided I didn’t like any. But apparently Portuguese food is quite different from Macanese food, the latter is of course what you’d find in Macau instead. Still without knowing the differences, my meal at Casa Lisboa has definitely reignited my interest for this cuisine again! With so many new restaurants opening up in Hong Kong, the result has been a lot of Mexican and Asian fusion food to digest lately. So it was a welcomed alternative to go for some traditional European cuisines, which are still relatively rare in Hong Kong, like Rustico (Spanish) and more recently, Casa Lisboa (Portuguese). Plus, at Casa Lisboa, they’ve added a few really good new items to their menu since my last visit about a year or two ago. [NEW] Creamy Bacalhau Cassoulet – HK$90 *must order* Bacalhau is dried salted cod and is used frequently in the Spanish and Portuguese kitchen. This is one of the several new items they’ve introduced recently. Think of the cod, potatoes and …

Ore-no Kappou: Michelin quality inevitably still comes with a price

Ore-no Kappou markets itself to serve Michelin-quality food for the masses. I had just finished my post-work workout at LKF’s Pure and was thinking of casual Japanese food, Sen Ryo? Then I remembered Ore-no Kappou being downstairs and decided to give it a shot. Worth my money but not “affordable” Casual is the environment but definitely not the price. At HK$700 per person, it is hardly a meal to be labelled “affordable”. That said, there were cheap items in addition to expensive ones and the latter items were always sufficiently backed by excellent quality, that I would say, justifies the price. So the Michelin-quality part of their marketing proposition, does indeed apply to the ingredients they use. Excellent and fresh quality Assorted Sashimi (small portion) – HK$480 *must order* The high quality of their food was most evident in the sashimi. Everything on that platter was super fresh and extemely delicious. The toro was so fat that that alone filled up half my stomach. They also had sea urchin as part of this platter that day, but I’m no fan and …

Guide to Hong Kong Local Food

Do you ever have visitors in town but struggle to recommend a good and truly local Hong Kong restaurant? I do and it’s probably because the last 10 meals I had before that would’ve been Italian, Thai, steaks, xiao long bao, Spanish, French, fusion and some other fusion. While there’s an abundance in variety of excellent quality international food in Hong Kong, there’s of course an even better offering of local cuisine. But here’s at least a concise starting point with places which cook truly local food, is affordable and accessible. 1. Dim Sum (go “yum cha”) Most signature to Hong Kong cuisine, dim sum is usually eaten for breakfast or lunch and hence is usually served til 2:30-3pm. Most five-star hotels surely do it right (and amazingly), but it also costs an unreasonable fortune and you know that’s not where true locals go on a regular basis. The truth is, we hesitate to recommend our actual local spots because they are usually dirty, serviced by rude staff and inconveniently located near our homes. One of …

Rustico: Traditional Spanish Gem in Lai Chi Kok

Of all locations in Hong Kong, few would have guessed that Lai Chi Kok would be home to one of the most authentic Spanish restaurants in Hong Kong, serving traditional comfort food. I must admit I heard mixed reviews about this place and indeed there were hits and misses. But overall the Iberico ham, garlic soup, Iberico presa salad, roasted suckling pig and dessert were unforgettably unique and delicious. And I’d say that’s a list long enough to bring me back again! Award-winning world champion carving ham master, Jose Manuel, visits the restaurant in May 2015 Excellent quality Iberico Ham Iberico ham is signature to Spanish cuisine and is indeed featured throughout the menu at Rustico. The Iberico ham itself was surprisingly juicy and tender, compared to the much dry-er versions I’ve tasted in the past. You can definitely taste the fact that they’ve used less salt during their curing process and hence some would judge the ham as having a little less taste. But I definitely approve of the lower salt version, given how sinful Iberico ham already is! …

Try This: Most comprehensive salad bar at Zelo Pacific Place

Update (February 2016): Zelos is now closed and replaced with Plat du Jour. I’d say it’s a good thing!  Do you sometimes feel you’ve had just three too many fatty meals in a row and insecure as to whether your food baby will become a permanent part of you? That usually calls for a super clean and nutritious meal to get rid of the guilt. That’s exactly what motivated me to Make Healthy Mondays a Habit and also prepare more healthy lunch boxes on other weekdays. But when I really don’t have time to prepare a meal, instead of preparing to fail, I go to one of my healthy outside lunch options. Typical healthy options in Central: Salad box from M&S Salad or sandwich from nood food Salad or sandwich from Pret-a-manger Make your own salad at Marketplace (Jardine House) But to be honest, these options often leave you feeling as if you didn’t eat anything at all. So I was looking for a more luxurious option the other day and thought of Zelo Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar. …

#lollefood Monthly – May 2015

Feature: Coffee battle My article on the 4 best cappuccinos in Hong Kong was featured on Localiiz last month and spurred a mini debate on which other spots should be on the list too. That list was definitely not comprehensive, but still a great starting point especially for a work day. I checked out a few more recently and for weekend coffee spots, The Mixing Bowl and Coco Espresso are pretty good choices too, but my new favourite has to be Bakery Cafe’s % Arabica coffee bar. The cappuccino was perfectly strong (still less so than Fuel’s) and full of flavour, while the milk was super creamy. New and noteworthy Bakery Cafe Born to Bake is one of the newest cafes to join Hong Kong island. They do great coffees (with beautiful latte art) and excellent lemon tarts. Ambience is great though you have to sit on stools (relatively comfortable ones at least). Bakery Cafe Born to Bake is located on 73 Wellington Street, Central. I see i see Dessert House is the latest dessert shop opening up in Causeway Bay …