All posts tagged: desserts

Cafe Gray Deluxe: Best Afternoon Tea in Hong Kong

Cafe Gray Deluxe’s afternoon tea set had already made an impression on me the first time I tried it back in April, for their Diane von Furstenberg collaboration. The unforgettable scone maintained its place in my heart over the months. Then, after my mother had a few disappointing experiences at different hotels, and started complaining that none of the afternoon tea sets in Hong Kong are good anymore, I knew exactly where to take her.   Beautiful sea view Perhaps I’m a bit obsessed with Cafe Gray Deluxe because I’ve actually also been here for dinner. But with a sea view like this, it’s hard not to come back when you feel like treating yourself. Admittedly, the view is probably a notch less spectacular than the 103rd floor of ICC (i.e. Ritz Carlton), but still, the environment was top-of-the-list enough. What probably makes the general dining experience here so enjoyable as well is the flawless service. Actually, it was my mom who brought it up and then we spent a good 20 minutes discussing how important service training …

Mercato: New Italian Restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong

I have a bit of a connection with California Tower. I religiously go there to workout, while frequently visiting their wide array of restaurants, just because the location is so convenient.  But most of their restaurants are admittedly not really off-the-charts amazing. There are a handful of good ones. For example, I featured ciao chow as one of the 5 Italian Restaurants in Hong Kong that Do Stand Out. With their prime location on the ground floor, you wouldn’t have expected they make such delicious pizzas. Ore-no Kappou is another restaurant I enjoyed in the building too. Mercato on the 8th floor of California Tower Now comes another Italian restaurant, Mercato. The food is unlike the typical Italian pizza and pasta choices (as is ciao chow’s), so there’s definitely a place for it in the building. It has a great ambience, but thankfully not overly fancy either. It’s definitely a spot I’ve name dropped exactly eight times in the week after, when different friends or colleagues ask “what’s new? What restaurants do you recommend? In light of its perfect location, I naturally came here one day …

FINDS: Nordic Restaurant featuring Healthy Omega 3 Pork

I’m with the meat-eating camp who believe that fat meat=yummy meat. It’s not exactly the most health-conscious choice, but fattier cuts tend to be more flavourful, juicy and tender, which is why I always order ribeye steak and why Hong Kong-ers love chicken thighs so much. So although pork is rarely my first choice of meat, I was curious to learn about the Flodins “Omega-3 Pork” because it is extremely tasty and tender, yet has a healthier composition to regular pork, i.e. lower percentage of saturated fat, four times the Omega 3 of normal pork and the perfect ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. They say, you are what you eat, and no doubt the same would be true for pigs – this healthier composition is resultant of a special diet. This type of pork was innovated by leading Nordic meat expert, HKScan, after 5 years of research and after a very porky tasting menu, I’d agree it’s pretty revolutionary. Tasting menu with Flodins Omega 3 Pork at FINDS The Flodins Omega 3 pork is available at FINDS …

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 …

Plat du Jour: Affordable Casual French Food for Dinner

I definitely prefer French bistro-style food over the fine dining affair, merely because I don’t like being so formal. While there are a handful of really good French bistros in Hong Kong, such as Bistro du Vin and Le Port Parfume, you can’t get away with paying less than HK$600-700 for dinner there, which makes the whole thing a lot less casual. La Grande Bouffe is another one in Central I like, but would still cost about HK$400 per person. Knowing that affordable dinners don’t come by easily in this city, the menu at Plat du Jour was more than a pleasant surprise. They charge HK$195 for two courses and HK$245 for three courses, which I thought was extremely competitive for any dinner, let alone a French one. The down side is that they serve the same menu all day, so lunch would cost the same (as dinner) and hence comparatively expensive. Cheese Souffle *must order* Our meal got off to an excellent start. The starters section of their menu was populated with many appealing choices, that left us …

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 …

Hugo’s: Quality food and service qualified to impress

I didn’t treated my parents to dinner when I got my first paycheck (oops), nor when I got a new job thereafter twice. So when I got my bonus this year, the long-awaited treat had to be big, bold and worth the wait. Hugo’s at Hyatt Regency (Tsim Sha Tsui) turned out to be the perfect place for such occasion, serving a photogenic lunch with excellent quality food and service. It really is just a great spot for any occasion that requires to be slightly fancy and impressive. The bread: So good it’s worth the mention The bread basket was beautifully presented and had several choices in it. I only managed to have the garlic bread and a bite of the baguette, given that I was saving my stomach for the big meal to come. The garlic bread was definitely the crowd pleaser; it was warm when served, toasted crunchily and swabbed with a generous amount of butter and garlic. Starters: Fresh and quality ingredients from the trolley I love buffets because you can be greedy and …