All posts tagged: ice cream

The First Floor by Lifestyle Federation: New on Duddell St

I definitely agree that it’s hard to keep up with all the new restaurants opening up in Hong Kong, but The First Floor by Lifestyle Federation is one of the latest hitting Central that’s definitely worth some spotlight. On inspecting the stylishly beautiful interior, including a kitchen demonstration table, I couldn’t help but ask more about whether they cater to private events. It immediately felt like the perfect spot for those fancy corporate client events and it felt genius to keep this location in mind in case I ever had to make a suggestion. But it was not corporate-boring in any sense. They have an interesting showcase of products on show, which they employ in their dishes and can also be bought individually – think olive oil, housemade jams, tea, that kind of thing. So the interior was excellent, but thankfully not as excellent as the food. Homemade Bread with Four Butters The bread is reason in itself to visit The First Floor. Not only do they make a range of interesting breads in house, …

Elephant Grounds: Ice Cream Sandwich and K11 Pop-up

Elephant grounds may or may not be pioneers of the ice cream sandwich trend in Hong Kong, but they’ve definitely created a league of their own with their perfectly structured and beautifully decorated mini frozen creations. Each new flavour looks meticulously crafted, but its taste is always equally impressive. It’s no wonder they always sell out before 1pm on weekends! …or so I heard! In fact, I don’t frequent as often as I’d like to because they’re hidden at the back of their woaw store all the way in Sheung Wan and their larger store is all the way in Wong Chuk Hang. But the great news for Kowloon people like me is that they now have a pop-up store in K11 (until 31 August 2015), serving coffee and ice creams! The “Terror Richer” is the ice cream flavour exclusive to this pop-up store (and the only ice cream sandwich sold there) and features a DELICIOUS crunchy cookie and hazelnuts surrounding the ice cream. They also have a handful of other interesting ice cream flavours …

Viet Kitchen: New Menu Items Better than the Pho

When I first visited Viet Kitchen, I was pumped for the beef pho, having read some good reviews. I was ultimately a tad disappointed because it wasn’t really my kind of pho. While the beef soup base was outstandingly full of flavours, it was the soft pho and beef cuts that I didn’t love too much. But pho aside, their other dishes, especially some of the new items, turned out to be good surprises. They’re not traditional Vietnamese choices at all, but are delicious and definitely interesting to try. Salmon tartare – HK$108 *must order* This salmon tartare reminded me not to take authentic-ness too seriously as I’m certain the chef had no intention of serving traditional Vietnamese dishes, rather modern food with influences from different cuisines. With that in mind, this new item on their menu doesn’t taste very Vietnamese-like, but had strong Asian herby tastes to it. I loved the taro chips too! It’s a refreshing dish to kickstart the meal. Caramelised Chicken Wings – HK$88 Our group had many compliments for the …

#lollefood Monthly – July 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. I’m in London, Nottingham and Edinburgh this week – so expect some UK travel posts to come soon! See the previous versions here. New Braza Churrascaria (Lan Kwai Fong) does an amazing lunch deal, serving an antipasti buffet for HK$118 (which features good quality smoked salmon, tuna, salami and parma ham, among other delicious items) and unlimited meat (beef, chicken and chorizo) for an additional HK$50. The chorizo was my favourite! Porterhouse by Laris (Lan Kwai Fong) just opened on 1 July and the steak bites at their Grand Opening was one unforgettable highlight. I’ll definitely be back to have a proper sized steak here in no time. Nood food at Hutchison House (Admiralty) opened last month (as part of the new Pure Yoga centre) and the sandwiches served here are healthy and fresh …

Try This: Warm Pecan Pie and Ice Cream from The Diner

I’ve written about The Diner a few times and even recently said it was one of the 5 Restaurants Worth Revisiting Again and Again. Evidence of that point, I’ve just had a laid back brunch there again over the weekend, which as always, promises a satisfying American style meal with lots of eggs, sausages and pancakes. I love the variety on their menu, their milkshakes and bottomless brew coffee! While browsing on Sugar, a food discovery app I’ve been using, I found that I could redeem their pie of the day at a discounted price – the perfect incentive to try something new (since I almost always just get their All-American breakfast). The pie of the day was a pecan pie which to be honest is not something I would usually order (if it wasn’t for the app). But it was a pleasant surprise and a good example of why we should always try new things! The pie was served warm, which is always amazing especially when there’s ice cream on the side. It had a soft and …

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 …

Try this: Chocolate lover frozen yogurt from Smile

The froyo craze died down massively a few years ago. We all watched a lot of frozen yogurt outlets open then close around Hong Kong and they are much less prevalent now. Thankfully for survival of the fittest, the best ones seem to still be alive and running right now. By far my favourite froyo is from Smile. The texture is very thick and creamy (and not icy). The taste is quite tarty but not unbearably so. Sometimes I try to be healthy and order the fruit version, but my favourite combo is really the Chocolate Lover. It’s served with delicious cubes of brownie, tasty crumbs and other chocolate things. I guess the only downside is its steep price of HK$61. Well, if it’s any comfort, the portions are quite big..! Smile is located in Ocean Terminal (Tsim Sha Tsui) and Hysan Place (Causeway Bay)