All posts filed under: Lunch

Fujiyama 55: Japanese Sea Urchin Tsukemen

Ever since 三田製麵所 Tsukemen Mitaseimenjo and Tetsu opened up in Causeway Bay, I’ve been hooked onto Japanese tsukemen noodles. But what is tsukemen? Unlike the more prevalent type of soup ramen, Japanese tsukemen noodles are much thicker and are not served in a soup broth. Instead, a smaller bowl of thick broth is served on the side, which is usually extremely dense and flavourful. You’re meant to pick up a few strands of the noodles then dip it in the sauce before slurping. Quick lunch in Tsim Sha Tsui East A flavourful broth and al dente noodles are a must for my bowl of tsukemen noodles. But when I was walking around Tsim Sha Tsui East for a quick lunch to kill some time, I came across this quaint-looking Japanese storefront and saw that they sell sea urchin tsukemen. I was instantly sold. Sea urchin? A surprisingly good fit for ramen From the menu photos, I wasn’t sure if sea urchin would be a good match for ramen noodles, or if this was just one of those places trying …

8 New Restaurants for Weekday Lunch Dates

It was January 2015 when I came up with a list of 10 restaurants in Central for lunch dates – you know, for when someone is counting on you to make a decision on where to go for that team lunch or catch up. But the Hong Kong dining scene evolves quickly (i.e. restaurants frequently close) and people get bored easily – so here are some of my latest suggestions. This time, the list goes beyond Central and to the wider CBD area of Hong Kong. Leave a comment below and share your favourite lunch spot! For locations, check out the map at the end of the post. 1. Mercato – Italian (Central) I first visited Mercato for dinner (see the full review here). I loved the food and vibes so much that I was eager to return for lunch, especially given the restaurant’s convenient location in California Tower. At HK$198 for two-courses, the set lunch didn’t seem like an amazing deal. But the portions were extremely generous, especially for the salmon tartare starter which I …

Lily & Bloom: Treat Yourself to an Epic Weekday Lunch

I love my epic brunches on weekends but I’m a bit polarised on weekdays. Sometimes I will get by with a salad or homemade lunchbox, other days I’ll go all out on a lunch buffet because I feel like something epic (usually Thursdays). At Lily & Bloom, for HK$298, you get their 1) Lunch Market Feast buffet which includes salads, cold seafood, hams, made to order mac n cheese, fried chicken, meatballs and dessert; 2) 3 pieces of raw oysters and 3) a choice of main course. The main course alone is enough to stuff you into food coma, so honestly I think most people would be more than satisfied with just their Lunch Market Feast buffet option which costs HK$178. Buffet: Salad bar & Seafood Choices at the buffet counter were substantial. Apart from the typical cold cut selection, they also had a number of salad choices too and not just boring rocket leaves. They had a quinoa salad, a tomato one, some barley pumpkin salad etc. There was also a selection of seafood and I …

Under Vacuum: Sous Vide Steak Sandwich under HK$50

Since 5 Great Asian Lunch Spots in Tsim Sha Tsui for under HK$100, I haven’t really found many places which had really good ‘deals’. But I think this newly discovered kiosk in TST east comes pretty close. You can get a decent meal here for under HK$50 and considering it includes steak, that’s gotta be a pretty good deal. The downside is that it’s a kiosk after all and they only do takeaway orders. I sat in the park benches nearby, which was quite pleasant but I can imagine it getting too hot and humid for that very soon. I’m quite opposed to al desko dining but that may be the only choice with this place soon… 8-hour sous vide Steak Sandwich *must order* The steak and cheese sandwich definitely looks like the most appealing item on the menu. The meat is cooked sous vide and turned out to be as tender as its cooking method would suggest. This costs HK$48 and you have to add HK$5 for the scrambled egg. Since every dish is …

Cafe Greenprint: New Green-Conscious “Realistically Healthy” Spot

Comfortable light green shades, wooden furniture and quotes dotted on the walls – I was already sensing that this would be a cafe worth writing about when I saw the entrance. Of course the “healthy” concept was the selling point which attracted me here in the first place, but it’s the, I would say “realistically healthy” or “sustainably healthy” food, that left me impressed in the end. What I mean is that, they don’t exactly serve organic-only food, nor do they focus on superfood salads, raw diets or any of those detox fads that have become so popular in magazines and the internet these days. They added a bit of imagination to real food, and made sure every meal is nutritious. And the food was delicious. Set lunch is served from 11:00am-2:30pm and includes an appetiser, main course, quinoa & red rice and hojicha. The price tag of HK$100-140 is definitely not super appealing, but for the quality and taste of the food, this would definitely be my regular lunch spot if I worked near Taikoo. Tofu Coconut …

Plat du Jour, Pacific Place: Casual French Bistro and Afternoon Teas

Swire has opened a second Plat du Jour in Pacific Place (replacing the Spanish restaurant Zelos) and this casual French bistro is exactly what this upscale mall is missing: simple and affordable food made with good quality ingredients. It’s no wonder it’s already quickly become popular – I tried making a booking twice but they were full! To be fair, I attempted the reservation on the same day. I enjoyed their first branch in Quarry Bay very much, but the new one is much more location-friendly. Maybe that, along with the fact that they serve Afternoon Tea here, are the reasons I enjoyed it even more this time. Lunch/Dinner They offer the same lunch and dinner set menu for only HK$235/275 for two/three courses. It’s a price that’s hard to beat especially if you’re here for dinner. For starters, the lobster bisque is the biggest must; it’s one of their signatures that has been unforgettable since I tried it at their first Quarry Bay branch close to a year ago. Their house tea-smoked salmon is …

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 …