All posts filed under: Causeway Bay

Kishoku: Omakase Japanese Fine Dining

You can say “omakase” is a type of Japanese fine dining. The concept: diners sit at the bar table with a clear view of the chef preparing your meal, and allow the chef to serve whatever he/she decides. The menu is typically crafted based on what ingredients are in season and fresh on the day. It’s always a luxury because they usually cost at least HK$1000 per person, involves over 10 small dishes (sashimi, sushi, hot dishes) and lots of fresh fish and seafood. All the omakase meals I’ve had to date have been quite different but always impressive. The one at Kishoku was among my favourites though and definitely one I’d recommend. The menu changes all the time but here were some of the dishes I had. Shirako… I’m always opened to trying new food, even if it’s cod sperm. It was apparently prime season for this (January). I remember it tasted really good. It was really fresh and tasted like super fresh fish, but the texture was super soft (in a weird way). …

FRITES Belgium on Tap: Laksa Mussels? Yes Please!

FRITES has been around in Hong Kong for a few years. But the dramatic number of new restaurants opening up each month (or week) in Hong Kong means that some of the older ones don’t get much attention. That can sometimes be a huge mistake though… Especially if laksa mussels and deep fried camembert cheese are involved! Steak tartare – HK$175 I used to have a lot of good steak tartares in London. But the yummier ones I had in Hong Kong just happened to be the fusion type (at Viet Kitchen and Le Garcon Saigon). In the more western scene, the one at Frites is definitely among the best so far. The meat quality was excellent and fresh, while the spices used were right and the toast was crispy and buttery-ly delicious! Crumbed and fried camembert – HK$135 *must order* The menu at FRITES is heaven for meat lovers (i.e. me) so we were extremely stuck on what else to order… There were 3-4 competing choices just on the starters section. We had hugely mistakenly overlooked this non-meat …

Tetsu: New Japanese Tsukemen Ramen in Causeway Bay

Straight outta Japan, つけめんTETSU is the latest Tsukemen noodles joint to open doors in Hong Kong (5 November 2015). What is Tsukemen (沾麵)? Tsukemen is a specific type of Japanese ramen noodle where you dip each strand of noodles into a thick flavourful soup/sauce before taking each bite. After finishing your noodles, a separate hot light broth is usually poured into the thick sauce and you can have the mixture as soup. Although I’ve only had a handful of different Tsukemens in Hong Kong, this one at Tetsu is decidedly my favourite! Extremely Al Dente I ordered the standard Tsukemen option, where the noodles are served cold (and dry) while the thick soup on the side is hot. The plain noodles by itself was already pretty outstanding given its perfectly chewy al dente texture. I’d definitely suggest going with the cold (“normal”) option as the “hot” noodles option are served in soup and start getting soggy as it cooks itself while you eat. The soup here is also extremely flavourful. Yet at the same time …

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 …

The Pudding Nouveau: Hong Kong’s Answer to Duck and Waffle

There are many things to love about Hong Kong. Despite how difficult (I can only assume from high costs, competition and saturation) it must be to start a restaurant, there is so much variety and individuality in the dining scene as long as you step out of big shopping malls and onto less frequented streets. Small restaurants have their unique qualities and expats can feel less home-sick because this city is home to restaurants serving all sorts of cuisines from around the world – even the very specific ones. The Pudding Nouveau’s take on Duck & Waffle *must order* The Pudding Nouveau could not have been a better characterisation of all of the above. It’s a small cafe-restaurant situated in the restaurant-dense area of Tai Hang and one of their signature dishes is Duck and Waffle. This may ring a bell for many readers, as it was essentially inspired by the famous Duck & Waffle in London. While I personally can’t judge the similiarities between the two (I was too busy cafe-hopping when I last …

Is Jamie’s Italian Hong Kong going to disappoint? A full review

Disappointment is, by definition, proportionate (inversely) to expectations, to put it philosophically. So it’s no surprise and quite probable to hear “I had high expectations but was disappointed” in reviews. Carrying a celebrity name like Jamie Oliver definitely sets the bar as high as it could be, making that statement even more a likelihood. But to stray away from food philosophy, I finally visited and was mildly surprised. Though to be fair, a lot of the negative reviews around Jamie’s Italian in Hong Kong were posted months ago (in August/September?) when the restaurant had just opened. Much of the complaints seemed to go around logistics and service – that might have improved by now as my mom thought the latter deserved an almost 20% tip! Lucky 15 min wait on Saturday 8pm for five I was nervous given the potential wait and more so because my parents are so picky and it’s a rare occasion I’ve suggested a dinner place. But luckily we got a table within 15 mins because we waited by the counter for no-shows. …