All posts tagged: seafood

Cafe at Hyatt Regency: A Seafood Lover’s Buffet

Dinner buffets are sometimes shunned for their subpar quality of food. But growing up with younger siblings, it was almost a ritual for any of our family celebrations. So no matter how un-classy loving buffets may seem, they do secretly have a place in my heart. They tend to be an especially apt choice when there are kids in your group, but the selection at Cafe 咖啡廳 of Hyatt Regency (K11, Tsim Sha Tsui) will impress adults equally as much, if not even more. They have the most extensive variety of choices I’ve seen in Hong Kong, and more importantly, the quality of their food was impressive. Poached Lobster *must order* With so much on offer at this buffet, it’s impossible to get through even just their seafood offerings. They served chilled crab legs, prawns, crabs and mussels; they also had grilled scallops, oysters and tandoori tiger prawns. But the one thing you can’t miss is their poached lobster. Not only was it fresh and prepared-to-order, it was also cooked perfectly. The texture was crisp …

Table: Killer Lobster Bisque and Depurated Seafood

Seafood restaurants have always been a thing in my family – almost all of us are in love with every single type of seafood. So we used to go regularly to Sing Kee in Sai Kung, our favourite restaurant for a lobster feast. But since its quality of service rapidly deteriorated, I have been itching to find another place for epic seafood meals. Table is not a new restaurant but because it’s tucked into the 8th floor of The Pemberton in Sheung Wan, it has definitely gone unnoticed for longer than it should’ve been. They specialise in depurated seafood. This means they take imported seafood and place them in clean water (in Hong Kong), to get rid of impurities. For the regular seafood-loving person, the magic of depuration is most evident in the oysters. But to say Table only focuses on depurated seafood would be selling it short, because the general execution of food also lives up to very high standards here. Oysters Having been spoilt by fresh-outta-the-farm oysters in Tasmania, I’m rarely impressed by the imported ones in Hong Kong. The depurated oysters …

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 …

Koh Samui: Fisherman’s Village Food Street

I didn’t expect a lot local food when planning my trip to Koh Samui. I’ve been here twice before (about 8-10 years ago) and back then it was all about edge-of-the-cliff restaurants, buying cheapy tshirts and drinking in Chaweng. Since then, I realised the view is pitch black if you’re having dinner, I never ended up wearing the Chang beer tshirts and I don’t really drink anymore. So this time we steered clear of Chaweng, except for the Tesco (likely a sign of aging…). 10 years ago, we toured around the whole island but it was generally uneventful outside of our hotel and Chaweng. But lots have changed on the island since… And one of my favourite newer spots is the “Walking Street” in Fisherman’s Village, Bo Phut, populated with stalls on Friday and Monday nights (6pm ish onwards). The line up of food and shopping stalls were endless – despite perseverance, I was exhausted and wanted to go back to the hotel by the time we realised we had only covered about 3/4 of …

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 …

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, …

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 …