Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hong Kong: Fine Pasta

New Restaurant in Mong Kok. God knows it's hard to find good pasta in Hong Kong that's not either too sweet nor too expensive. Fine Pasta definitely fills this niche; not too pricey, yet good, honest pasta dishes.

My only request for this to be perfect would be for the establishment to make its own pasta, made to order. Maybe a little be more complicated but would be unique in HK. Fine Pasta could just charge a premium for fresh pasta (i.e. fresh pasta, add $15).

Dinner for two; Salad, two pasta dishes, HKD $268.
Fine Pasta
Shop F, G/F
Wah Fat mansion
1M-1T Tung Choi Street (market street, hidden behind tons of stalls)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hong Kong: Betty's Kitschen

Betty's Kitschen (notice the "witty" play on words there?) just opened at the IFC mall (where Harlan's use to be).
Checked ity out for Saturday brunch. It's all good but missing the brunch staples such as eggs benedict. Overall, good food but Simply Life is pretty much at the same food-quality level for brunch but is slightly cheaper.

Nice ambiance.

French toasts with black cherry compote.

Full English; eggs, smoky black pudding, Toulouse sausage, bacon and tomatoes.

Ahi Tuna salad.

Decor enriched with basil plants. I love basil.

Large Latte: $40
Betty's Full English Breakfast $196
French Toast $88
Red Ahi Tuna Salad $118

UKD $488.40 with gratuities.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hong Kong: La Marmite

After our terrible brunch experience of the morning at La Joia, we were a little bit apprehensive of the dinner.

But La Marmite turned out to be excellent. From the typical bistro experience it offers (lively and affordable) to the excellent food it serves (earthy, bold and delicious), we were very happy foodies at the end of the night.

If one focuses on main course, dishes are not much more expensive than, say, Simply Life, but the quality is up a notch.It's great to have a true French bistro in Hong Kong in a sea of expensive nouvelle-cuisine offering.

Highly recommended.

Smoked salmon and caper rillette, sour dough toast and salad. Bold flavors, perfect execution. 

Yellow chicken and cray fish pie, glazed asparagus with nantua sauce and green olives. The cray fish and chicken are nice complements and the puff pastry was just the right thickness, yet not too doughy. Very good.

Thyme crusted rack of lamb, potato mousseline with black olive and Tomates Provencale. Very good rendition of traditional French cuisine.

HKD $891with a drink, 2 glasses of wine and dessert.
La Marmite
44 Stauntun Street
SOHO, Central
Hong Kong
2803 7808

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hong Kong: La Joia for brunch,

We went to La Joia (Elements Mall) a few times for dinner and late lunch and it was quite good.

We went for Brunch yesterday and that was terrible. First, it was not a brunch (no breakfast items). It was not good at all (overcooked Tuna, canned olives tasted like they've been in the can too long, poor variety), too expensive ($500+ for two).

Avoid and go to a better brunch option...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Some home cooked meal...

Salmon Tartare 'a la JC' with roasted red bell peppers.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Hong Kong: Chez Patrick

Springalicious in Hong Kong; bunch of restaurants, reduced price fixed menu.
Trying out Chez Patrick in Central.
Decent food but suffer the comparison with others though. It's hard to find a niche between the entry-level and the high-end. At HKD $1,151 for two on a reduced priced fixed menu (with a glass of wine), Chez Patrick is too expensive to be considered entry-level and doesn't compete food wise with the likes of French Window or Petrus. So, we'd probably not go back.
My suggestion; bring down the prices, tone the menu down to be more French-Bistro and you'll get a niche with no all that many players in HK.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hong Kong: Uno Mas

El Pomposo is a Tapas place close to where we live. So, that's our default restaurant for Spanish food. Now, we just discovered Uno Mas, which is a notch better. Farther away but better... mmm, time will tell whether it becomes our new tapas hangout.

Da kitchann.

Da Meenew...

Da Escalivada (not da bomb)

Da crow-kettes...

Da tortilla de Patatas

Da prawns...

Da chorizo con red booze!

Da seared tuna...

Da calamari (nam!)

Da vegetable rice...
Da chicks...

HKD $1,600 for 5, with one bottle of wine and a pitcher of Sangria.
Uno Mas
2/F, 54-62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Homei in Sheung WanCheesake (US style, not Japanese style)

HoMei (trans: Good Taste)

In Sheung Wan, while doing a little tour of the area.
Friendly cafe with a cat underlying theme. Nice place to have a coffee and a sandwich if you are passing through.

Cheesake (US style)

Fresh ingredients will always do the trick.