Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hong Kong: Cafe de Paris

Last night for my mother in Hong Kong before she heads back to Montreal.

We wanted to go to somewhere nice enough where we could chat and have good food in an environment that eases her back to western life. And we also wanted to try out Cafe de Paris which seemed to be more affordable than La Terrase (also in Soho).

The ambiance is perfectly recreated French bistro with dark wood panelling, mirrors and the whole deal. Food was ok. I was hoping for a bit better when they claim to have the best steak frites east of Paris.
Was a nice evening nonetheless but I'd say, if you want to blow $500 per person on a bistro-type meal, BLT Steak is better.

True French bistro decor.

Not food related at all but I love this picture of the two most important women in my life.

Bread and rillette. Very good.

French onion soup. Good.

Salad Nicoise. Good.

Escargots. Good but quite small.

Frites et moules. Fine.

Steak frites. That was ok.

Da fish. Meh.

Apple pie with green apple sherbet. Too fancy; I would have preferred a nice traditional Brittany-style apple pie.

Mango crepe with Grand Marnier sabayon.

HKD $1402 for 3, including wine (after 10% rebate)
Cafe de Paris
23 Elgin, SOHO, Central

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hong Kong: Spring Deer restaurant

Supposed to be THE place for Peking Duck. Peking Duck was indeed very good. The rest was OK. I thought that the Xia Long Bao weren't m,uch to write home about actually.

But hey, 4 people, ate like pigs, for HKD $638 dollars? I ain't complaining!

Those are windpipes. No kidding. Not bad actually.

Xiao Long Bao

The Peking Duck

Spring Deer Restaurant
1/F 42-46 Mody Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hong Kong: Hoi Tin Garden

If you come visit Hong Kong, you must try the seafood restaurants of Tuen Mun or Sai Kung (Sai Kung being more touristy, and pricier): you get to choose your live seafood, pay for it, and it then gets delivered to the restaurant where they will cook it for you. Can't get much fresher than that.

Buy your live seafood.

Tons of choice but you have to know what you want!

Dao Miu (Pea shoots)

Fish fillet and broccoli.

Razor clam in black bean sauce (love that stuff).

Another clam with glass noodle.

Big shrimp with blue flesh.


Hoi Tin Garden will prepare the seafood the traditional Cantonese way (that's a note for the foreigners who might have trouble with fish heads and such). Service was really slow but the food was great.
$524 for 3 people and we had way too much food.

5 Sam Shing St, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hong Kong: BLT Steak

Located in prime Tsim Sha Tsui location (cruise ship terminal) with a nice view of the harbour, BLT Steak offers good food at a decent price when compared to its competitors. Nice ambience, good service. Quite enjoyable.

Appetizer of salmon carpaccio

Crusty, fluffy bread

Crab cake. Not as good as the Baltimore crab cakes but quite good nonetheless.

Ceasar salad.

N.Y. strip loin 16oz (May and I shared)

Crepe souffle with passion fruit couli. That was quite good.

$1,534 for 3, including a $380 bottle of Evan N Tate Shiraz

Hong Kong: Long Men Lou: Chi Lin Vegetarian Cuisine

If you haven't been to the Nan Lian Garden, in Diamond Hill, well you should. It's very nice and peaceful. Right next to the Chi Lin nunnery.
The vegetarian restaurant in the park blends completly with the park surrounding it and a waterfall splashes right in front of its main windows. Quite relaxing.

The food is nice and is what I would call real vegetarian in the sense that it doesn't try to provide fake substitute for meat for wannabe vegetarian but instead offers dishes that make the best use of the non-meat ingredients they contain. The result is tastier, richer and less tofu-based (i.e. it doesn't taste like cardboard)

(I suggest you try their smoothies; quite nice)
Eggplant & diced oyster mushrooms casserole. ($65)

Baked avocado and tomato with cheese. That was yummy. ($88)

Total bill: HKD $283 for 3 people.

There's a minimum charge of HKD $85 per person.
All net proceeds will be used to finance the management and conservation of the Nan Lian Garden.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hong Kong: Eat Right

Despite the restaurant's quite silly name, the food at Eat Right was fine and the ambience quite pleasant.
We opted for the tapas. There was halloumi cheese in two of the tapas items and we ordered them both. I discovered halloumi in Hong Kong actually. Although I tried quite an extensive variety of cheeses, I never had it before moving here. Halloumi, a Cypriot cheese, has a squeaky, slightly chewy texture which I find quite satisfying. It is quite salty but nice when pan-fried.
Anyhow, overall, the tapas were quite good not too expensive (It is Soho afterall).

Pan-fried halloumi with olives and lemon
Wild mushroom crostini with mascarpone
Chunky salad with baby mozzarella balls, quail eggs and parma
Pan seared Tuna.

Grilled halloumi bruschetta

HKD $457.00
Eat Right
23 Staunton Street

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hong Kong: Langham Place Hotel Mongkok Lunch Buffet @ The Place

Despite what some would say, Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city in pretension only. I mean, outside of of some pockets of tourist visited areas or others inhabited by a lot of foreigners, exotic food seems to be limited to other varieties of Asian food or, some disgusting variation of western food (spaghetti with sweet tomato sauce, hamburgers with sweet sauce... pizza with thousand islands dressing... enough with the sweet stuff already!)
Anyhow, coming from Canada where multiculturalism is the norm, it's a bit of a let down. But, things are changing and food variety is progressively spreading everywhere now in Hong Kong.
So, on a Sunday morning, you can have a decent buffet brunch at Langham Place Hotel which doesn't cost an arm and a leg and propose good variety and reasonable quality. Western adn Asian palates alike will be pleased.

HKD $416 for two.
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong 
T (852) 3552 3388 F (852) 3552 3322

Hong Kong: King Ludwig

Although a bit late for Oktoberfest, I had a bit of a craving for sauerkraut and sausages. My father was from Alsace and used to make a pretty mean classic Alsatian dish which is "choucroute garnie" (sauerkraut with all the fixings). We therefore went out and tried what Hong Kong had to offer in that department.

King Ludwig in Tsim Sha Tsui turned-out to be pretty good; sausages and sauerkraut were fine. Although the portion of sauerkraut that came with the sausages was minuscule and we had to order some more as a side.

Service was so-so with the waiting staff overloaded with work. Disappointing note on the black-forest cake: if it doesn't have kirsch and a large amount of real black cherries, it ain't the real thing! 

Soup. Very salty.

Sausages and sauerkraut, tasted as good is it looks. Good variety. 2 or 3 can share.
Black forest cake. Not terrible but not German enough!