Month: October 2015

#lollefood Monthly – October 2015

#lollefood is the tag I use on Instagram for all my recommended food items devoured in Hong Kong. Every month I consolidate some of the new food discoveries I’ve made in attempt to give you all a basis for brainstorming your next dinner or snack outing. Lots have happened this month since I came back from travelling in Sri Lanka. After my post last month which had a lot of Sai Kung recommendations, after which the review on Mike’s Chicken was finally published, this month I’ve been exploring in the city much more. See the previous versions here. New Restaurants & Cafes Mr & Mrs Fox opened in Quarry Bay this summer and the glowing reviews had got me impatient to visit this place. The place was full and bustling on a Tuesday night. We dined on their second floor. The steak was decent, very reasonably priced (under HK$300 for a 16oz bone-in striploin) and the dessert was a highlight. Stay tuned for an upcoming review! 23 Tong Chong St, Quarry Bay 2697 8500 The First Floor …

Mike’s Chicken: Hidden Portuguese Gem in Sai Kung

I’m guilty for being a frequent visitor of Sai Kung but not noticing Mike’s Chicken until only a year after it’s been open! Though that’s partly because it’s hidden among the overwhelming number of seafood restaurants on seafood street (海鮮街) – which many people acknowledge as being overpriced tourist traps and avoid altogether by now. Despite it’s “hidden location”, the genuine food and friendly culture have helped this place garner a loyal customer base and it’s therefore pretty necessary to book in advance. Appetiser Platter *must order* Having tried the bacalhau fritters at Casa Lisboa, I was definitely tempted to order the ones here. With so many appealing choices on the menu, though not too fluent in Portuguese cuisine, we decided to order the standard appetiser platter for four. The highlight for me was the fatty spicy chorizo which went super well with their soft homemade piping hot baguettes, although they were admittedly a tad too salty. But everything else on the plate was just as memorable. Suckling Pig (requires pre-ordering) The suckling pig has to be pre-ordered and I would assume at least a …

Wagyu Takumi: The Best Meal I’ve Had

When a meal is outstandingly delicious but also extremely expensive, I’m often stuck on whether to recommend it or not. I mean given the extortionate price, how yummy could yummy be? But for once, I did not really find myself in this dilemma. Although my meal at Wagyu Takumi was likely the most expensive meal of my life, I’d definitely return for more. The whole package of service, quality, execution and all the finer details in between was an impressive and thoroughly enjoyable experience. I’d quite confidently say it’s worth the price tag, at least once, if not thrice in your life. 8 course Tasting Menu I was afraid I might be embarking on an endless food journey when I saw the 8 course tasting menu, so I was contemplating the 6 course option instead. The problem with fine dining tasting menus is that they often take four to five hours and leave you restless by the fourth course. I ended up with the 8 course menu anyway as I was advised that the Abalone and Shimanto Seaweed with Barley …

Espresso Alchemy: The Addictive Art of Latte

You must have seen a barista pour out a perfect heart or rosetta before with no hesitation and you might have even thought it was easy. I know I’m 100% guilty for having underestimated the skill and practice that goes into latte art… Until of course I tried it myself! I’ve been growing with Hong Kong to find increasing love for coffee, evidenced by me Exploring Artisan Coffee Shops in Hong Kong and finding the 4 Best Cappuccinos in Hong Kong. As the weeks go by, I keep discovering new coffee shops I want to add onto those lists – so don’t be surprised to see yet another coffee article from me some time in the near future. If you love coffee even half as much as I do, I’d highly recommend going for a fun latte art class. It’s extremely challenging and hence satisfying when you finally are able to make even a deformed heart. Or in my case, it was a balloon. There are many classes available in Hong Kong but I decided …

Quemo: Spanish Food Festival (19-29 Oct 2015)

The Spanish Food Festival runs from 19-29 October 2015 this year and Quemo will be joining five other restaurants to offer a bespoke set menu exclusively for this event. In order to enjoy the menu for either lunch or dinner, you’ll have to make your booking through Gormei. Don’t forget to use my promotion code: Cma_SFF. One lucky person using this specific code will win an extra seat at their meal! Set Dinner Menu at Quemo (HK$588) We started off with a roasted vegetables and anchovies on toast and anchovies usually trigger fear and aversion – they’re salty and weird – but these weren’t really salty and the roasted vegetables were extremely juicy with a tad of sweetness to it. They matched well together and it was a positive refreshing start to our meal. I was already extremely excited about the oysters with gin and tonic, this only amplified when it arrived because they were extremely huge, fat and juicy-looking. The idea of using gin and tonic is to clean your palate and leave you with a longer lasting oysters taste …

Jamie’s Italian: All About the Fish

I mentioned in my full review that a place like Jamie’s Italian could be prone to negative comments because people are riddled with high expectations of something uniquely fantastic. While it may not have been the best Italian food I’ve had, it’s definitely become one of my go-to spots if I’m craving an easy, casual and comfort meal – that is, comfort food which isn’t just full of carbs. And from my numerous spontaneous visits, I’d say that good quality ingredients, consistent tastes and attentive service is practically guaranteed. The Express Lunch Plank On one of my more recent visits, I tried their lunch set. They’ve labelled it as the “Express” lunch plank which means that everything comes at once, to ensure a relatively speedy experience, for those who need to return to the office. The lunch set costs HK$148 per head including two courses and an iced tea. Rotolo Al Forno For one of the sets, we ordered the Rotolo Al Forno which is basically pasta sheets wrapping around some spinach and cheese stuffing, like a huge …

Must-Do Experiences when Travelling around Sri Lanka

Everyone who’s been and those who still long to go, will agree that Sri Lanka is one of the most interesting places to travel around. History and culture can often be boring on paper, but witnessing thousands of years of it through your own eyes and experiences (and not the museum type…), is something unforgettable, especially in a country with such a long story. The country recently saw an end to 30 years of civil war and the people you meet will not have forgotten that, nor the devastating tsunami of 2004. More intriguingly witnessed in buildings and on roads, about 400 years ago, the Portuguese, then Dutch, then British colonised this country – and every bit of that will be obvious on your journey around this place. I learnt so much here, including the inspiring story of tea maker Lipton who was an impressive self-made multi-millionaire and businessman known for his strengths in marketing! There’s so much to tell about my journey around this fascinating country, but here are some of the best highlights: Eating local rotthu at …