Friday, May 28, 2010

Hong Kong: La Creperie

Brand new creperie in Hong Kong (May 2010). We're very glad they decided to set shop in Hong Kong because the crepe situation was not all that great. While they still need to work out some kinks (they often book 3 people on tables made for 2 and a great deal of the menu items are not available yet), the crepes are well worth the detour. You will find all kinds of salty and sweet crepes to suit all tastes. Those guys certainly know their crepes! The dough is excellent and the fillings use fresh ingredients, which makes a big difference.

La Bosco: Seafood, white wine and cream. That was heaven in the belly!

La Nataise: Asparagus, mushrooms, cream, bacon, onions, parsley, salad.

Crepe flambee au rum (Bar-a-Bar). The bananas and the rum is just loverly...

100 Queens Road East, Wanchai

P.S. Marion crepes are crap... don't waste your tastebuds on them, book at La Creperie instead. Sorry, had to be said...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hong Kong: Brunch at Zelo

We had heard about La Creperie which had just opened in Wanchai and wanted to try it out. But, once we arrived, it was all booked solid. May was quite disappointed and was getting quite hungry. Walking around the area in search of a substitute, we got into the Pacific Place mall. We checked out a few of the restaurants, including Zelo, but we thought they were on the pricey side. But I could feel that May was getting hungrier and a bit down, and she was looking at the Zelo brunch items with envy. So, I figured, what the hell, let's splurge! And in we went.

I'm quite happy we did (May too!). Food was really good. Fresh OJ, eggs benny were nicely done (runny!), good variety and fresh ingredients. Service was attentive.
Quite a good time actually.

HKD $228 per person.
Shop 007, LG1, Pacific Place
88 Queensway, +852 2918 1028 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +852 2918 1028

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hong Kong: Stables Grill (1881 Heritage)

From home to TST and back, we usually take minibus #3 and drop off by Heritage 1881, the much debated urban renewal old marine police headquarters' project. We'll just go on the site and walk in the gardens. We had been curious about the Stables Grill for a while and this time, we decided to try it out.
One thing for sure is that the ambiance is very soothing; a nice view on the gardens, pleasing decor, and an open kitchen. Problem is when we got to the food; nothing exceptional there but the price tag was quite high. I think it might be due to the very small number of tables, which requires a amount per guest which is then too high for the level of food that is presented.

My striploin with its 7 sauces. Decent, nothing more. May had the Wagyu striploin. We were not impressed. Not that it was terribly bad. It just was nothing like the wagyu beef we had in Tokyo. But... the price range was the same.

Mushrooms and side salad.

Brittany Mussels. Nah... had better. Broth could use some tweaking.

Dark Chocolate Fondant. Cappucino, Bailey Ice-cream & churros (Spanish donut). That was really good.

So, the food was OK. But it is way, way overpriced. At that price point, food has to be exceptional.
Our conclusion; the ambiance is nice, the view is relaxing, desserts are great, but the rest is average and overpriced. If we go back, it will be for coffee and dessert only.

For 2, with wine, about HKD $1200.

Stables Grill
No.2 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
+852 39880104 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +852 39880104