Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hong Kong: Aspasia

Thought we had pictures of Aspasia; can't find them anymore.

Anyhow, a bit expensive but definitely good food to be had there. Better that most of what is available on Knustford Terrace.

Risotto Lobster tartare $265
Mackerel Scampi Confit $228
Mascarpone Ravioli $198
Scallops with foie gras $178
Rolan vegetable soup $163
Pear tart $128
Traditional Custard Cake $108


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hong Kong: Pizza Express

Something that I like about Hong Kong is that at the low to mid-price range, restaurant are usually better than the equivalent North-American fare. For example, for the price of TGIF, Perkins or other low to mid-priced franchise serving food-as-a-filler, you get a very good Pizza at Pizza Express. Great variety of tasty pizzas on a great dough base. Plus, at their Festivak Walk location, the ambiance is nice and relaxed. The wine by the glass is decently priced and they really fill the glass! (update: however, last time we went there, it seems that they went cheap with smaller portions, less wine in the glass, no fresh parmesan... Hopefully not the new trend)

Salade Nicoise


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hong Kong: Naozen

21-25 Wellington St, Central
2877 6668

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hong Kong: Cafe Initial

Ok, just a quick one to report that May found her best coffee place in Hong Hong. It is called Cafe Initial and she claims it is currently the best coffee she has tasted in the sub-par coffee land that is Hong Kong. Oh, it also happens to be a fashion store (or is it the other way around?)

48 Cameron Road
Tel 2311 4223

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hong Kong: El Cid

Sometimes, one needs a break from the crazy Hong Kong pace and relax Mediterranean style (i.e. 3 hours dinner). On TV the other day, an announcer said that the French are "the laziest people" on the people on the planet because, among other, they take hours of their day to prepare and eat their meals... I think the Chinese have a long way to go before they fully appreciate the meaning of La Dolce Vitae.

Anyhow, we were due for a relaxed evening and El Cid fit the bill perfectly.
Nice breeze, the smell of tomato and basil in the air, over a background of great Spanish singing.

Olives and tomatoes: $55
Olives were not very good; canned stuff. Hard to find good olives in restaurants in Hong Kong.

Anchovies and Tomato Toast: $60
Toasts were not toasted enough.

Madrid Snails: $60
Snails were slightly chewy but mashed potatoes were really good.

Roasted Veggies Tartelettes: $70
Tartelettes were fine, if too simple.

Lamb good; juicy. None of the "lamby" taste which would indicate lesser grade meat.
Roast Lamp Chops: $130

Banana Truffle Pie: $55
Pretty good.

El Cid
Address G/F, New Knutsford House, 14 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui
Phone +852 2312 1898
Opening Hours Mon - Sat: 12noon - 1am