All posts tagged: burger

4 New Casual Brunches That’ll Make You Skip Dinner

I always admire beautiful brunch shots from Melbourne or even Singapore, featuring the perfect eggs benedict sprinkled with a twist, or perfectly browned French toasts decorated with colourful don’t-know-whats. We may not be loaded with options for that type of hipster cafe brunch spot, but restaurants are rapidly leveraging on Hong Kong people’s love for brunch – it’s become more of an event than just a meal, right? And restaurants are now really good at making it huge and epic, often leaving me too full to even have dinner 8 hours later. Here are four of the latest brunch spots I’ve fallen in love with: 1. Mamasita’s Cantina (Mexican) The deal: HK$338 for starter/dessert buffet + made-to-order tacos + main course; HK$148 free flow sangria, red/white, champagne The vibe: I’ve eaten at Mamasita’s a number of times (see dinner review here) and most of the time I pick it for its casual and colourful setting that makes it a fun place to be especially when you’re in a larger group – everyone I’ve taken here compliments the decor. Two times I …

Lantau Trail Sec. 12: Hike to Beachside Restaurant Mavericks

For those of us who aren’t serious trail runners, but are fit and nature-loving, a comfortably challenging hike which ends at a beachside restaurant could not be a more perfect way to spend a Saturday morning/afternoon. It’s always nice to have a rewarding end point to a hike, which is also the reason I highly recommend part of the MacLehose Trail Section 2 in Sai Kung which leads to Ham Tin Wan. That walk is still the best value-for-effort walk I’ve done to date. It’s easy (I can even bring my toy poodle along), the views are amazing and you end up at a beach restaurant. Section 12 of Lantau Trail is similar, except the beach restaurant – Mavericks – is even better. Lantau Trail Section 12: Mui Wo to Pui O (we went backwards) What I loved about this hike is that it’s more challenging (than the walk to Ham Tin I mentioned earlier). There are steeper climbs and descents, but it’s still just challenging in the right doses. There are some beautiful views …

5 Restaurants Worth Revisiting Again and Again

You know when you try a new restaurant and you think, “the food is pretty good here!” but for some reason or other you never go back? For me it’s usually because it was more for the gimmicks, there are many even better alternatives or it was just not worth the money. Essentially, sometimes once is enough. But then there are also a handful of restaurants that I keep revisiting but still don’t get sick of. These are usually the ones which serve solid good food with excellent consistency and some variety too. The five places listed below are ones I’ve been to at least 4-5 times in the past year. Of course I visit my local yum cha spot and Sen Ryo 10 times more often than that, but you get the idea. 1. Bep When it’s done well, Vietnamese food is tasty, full of flavourful spices yet not too greasy and that’s why I crave it so often. While there’s no shortage of Vietnamese food in Hong Kong, I like Bep for being …

#lollefood Monthly – Jun 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. See the previous versions here. New restaurants Viet Kitchen opened in Nexxus building and is a convenient Vietnamese alternative for any IFC-dwellers. While things were generally quite good, the beef pho was underwhelming and I think I just prefer Bep or Nha Trang for Vietnamese food. Location: G/F Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central Ore-no Kappou opened earlier this year in the heart of LKF, Central and serves some of the best quality Japanese food I’ve had in a long time. The prices are not cheap but worth it for what you get. See the full review here. Location: 6/F California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, Central Double D Burger is another new (ish) burger spot close to LKF. The beef patty was super juicy and the bun was soft …

Hong Kong food news and highlights (Mar 2015)

Feature: Best ice cream flavours from Lab Made I am addicted to nitrogen ice cream specialists Lab Made for their rotating and always innovative flavours which keep me coming back (too often)! Right now until 11 March (quick! It’s almost over), they are featuring some of the most appealing flavours, so appealing that I managed to try them all. My favourite is probably the B. salted caramel with chocolate crisps but I also can’t decide if A. HK crispy toast (peanut buttery) would top the charts too. For a less sweet and filling option, C. Purple sticky rice is definitely a must try. And D. mango and pineapple greek yogurt is a more refreshing though normal (boring) option. B. Salted caramel with chocolate crisps flavour from Lab Made Left: C. Purple sticky rice, Right: D. Mango and pineapple greek yogurt from Lab Made A. HK crispy toast from Lab Made Lab Made is located on G/F of Miramar Shopping Centre (next to Knutsford Terrace entrance), Tai Hang and Causeway Bay. New and noteworthy The Continental replaced Domani atop Pacific Place …

Tasty French burgers in IFC at Big Fernand

French burger chain Big Fernand joins the limited casual dining scene at IFC, Central. Though Asian Twist (its predecessor) was initially sorely missed, there’s nothing sad about the French invasion here, as Big Fernand makes some of the tastiest burgers in town, although at a pretty hefty price too. Juicy burger with delicious sauces and cheese Their menu is pretty simple – they have a few meat options (lamb included) and a vegetarian option too; you can also build your own burger. I went for the more epic-sounding beef burger, Bartholome. The burger was super juicy and they incorporate their own sauces in there which matches the whole affair quite perfectly. The cheese is also worth mentioning; it was gourmetly delicious – none of that cheap sliced cheese nonsense! The patty is thinner than ideal, but they nevertheless still managed to cook it with a “pink” centre (for “medium”) and the meat was not dry at all. Pricey for a self-service restaurant Big Fernand is a casual self-service restaurant; you line up to order and pay for your burger …

Quick burgers and korritos at Kobab & Koshi in Central

I usually make sure I get out of the office for lunch, even if it’s a short one. I headed over to Wo On Lane (tucked within Lan Kwai Fong) in Central and decided to try this relatively new Korean fusion gourmet fast food. Good reviews and photos of their juicy burger was what arouse my initial attention, but at 2pm, it was the chicken korrito that left me happy even before the long weekend had started! Juicy tender burger At this place, if not korrito, then burger. So between the two of us, we ordered those. They didn’t ask me how I wanted my patty cooked and so I was a bit regretful when I realised 5 minutes after I ordered. Nevertheless, it was no disaster that the beef was cooked well done as the patty was not dry at all (as it often is when well done) – it was extremely delicious and juicy; quite flavourful too. The only tiny complaint is that the burger was a little too greasy for me (but we are …