Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hong Kong: Le Gouter Bernardaud

Le Gouter Bernardaud is in the IFC shopping mall, in Central. Although a bit on the pricey side (gotta pay for that luxury mall address), the sweets are pretty good.

Very good coffee according to May.

Mascarpone cake with cherry filling

Bitter chocolate tart

Le Goƻter Bernardaud
IFC Mall, Shop 2028-29

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hong Kong: Main Street Deli

Hong Kong is said to be the heaven of foodies. This is true to an extent; for Asian food, variety and quality abounds. But for non-Asian food, it's something that we have yet to see proven true. I mean, it is certainly possible to find food from almost every corner of the world, but variety (and quality) is not always there. And once you get out of the "expat" areas (Central, Wanchai, Stanley, Discovery Bay, etc...), it's hard to find appealing non-Asian food.

Some examples? How many true Greek restaurants in Hong Kong? I know of two.
I think there's one Belgian. Tons of French but that's the 'default' foreign food label (with Italian).

So, anyhow, sometimes, we get a bout of non-Asian food nostalgia and that's what led us to Main Street Deli the other night.

Main Street Deli has burgers, and various Reuben/Smoked meat sandwiches. The decor is pretty much true to your typical New York or Montreal deli restaurant (except for the surprisingly Chinese looking Jewish staff! ;-) )
Food wise, it's decent; the meat, cooking and taste is fine. Fries are nice. But boy, the price is way up there. This is a deli. I guess there's a premium for the 'exotic' nature of a Reuben sandwich. That and the fact that the Gweilos have the money to pay for it...

Anyhow, it's worth going if you're not going to be in North America anytime soon.

Montreal Smoked Beef
on light rye with pickled
HK $138

"Our Very Own Reuben"
corned beef, pastrami, turkey,
sauerkraut and melted Swiss
cheese on grilled rye bread
HK $148

Main Street Deli
Ground floor of the Langham Hotel
8 Peking Road
Tsim Sha Tsui

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hong Kong: SML

SML offers diners mediteranean fares (some with a slight asian influence) at an attractive price. The innovation here is that you have the choice of three sizes when ordering food (hence the name). We enjoyed all the dishes (except for the crustini which was so-so). The small size is enough for two people to have one bite. If you feel that you really love one of the dishes and want to make it a main course, order medium. I would say that large would be adequate if you are planning to eat just one dish. The thing we liked less is the long table layout and the somewhat bare/cold ambiance. Felt a bit like eating in an Ikea store... For ambiance, we preferred El Pomposo. And what's with the plastic SML character at the entrance? That one sure doesn't scream high-quality food.
One page off the menu. It gives you an idea of the SML pricing on a few dishes. Click on it to see a larger version.

Seared tuna; nicely done. Fresh fish. Nice salsa to go with it.

Meatballs; bold taste, with a zesty sauce that will tingle your tongue.

Lamb Kebab

Hanger steack, fries with mayo. Very nice; cooked to perfection and with a nice reduction to enhance the flavors. Well done!

Crustini. That wasn't up to par with the rest. Crustini wasn't all that crispy and the olives weren't all that good (isn't it possible to get good olives in Hong Kong? We always get crap!)

11/F, Times Square, Food Forum, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

HK - New Year's day cooking. French Canadian food in HK!

May and I had a bit of winter wonderland withdrawal. Although we both hate cold temperature and snow day-in, day-out, we are missing the white Christmas period where families gather inside while it is freezing cold outside, to have a good time together, have a good meal and forget for a few hours that anything else exists but for the happy times we share for a few hours.

So, in that spirit, we made a very Quebecois meal consisting of tourtiere (meat pie) and pouding chomeur for dessert (recipe from Le Pied de Cochon)

(click on image to zoom in and appreciate the nice golden crust)
The tourtiere; basic pie dough filled with ground beef and pork, shredded or cubed potatoes. Goes well with fruit ketchup (or salsa)

uPouding Chomeur (the unemployed man's pudding); lots of sugar and maple syrup, and a moist cake-ish top. Very sweet but very yummy!