Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hong Kong: Le Marron

Thanks to Auntie 3, we discovered Le Marron, a private kitchen in
Causeway bay. Now, if private kitchen conjures images of a cramp, badly lit and bland space, you couldn't be more wrong. A lot of attention has been put into the decor and you feel transported to one of Paris' arrondissement. It's not all that cramped either; over 30 diners can sit comfortably.

I thought that the food was just fabulous; cooked perfectly, very rich in taste and plated with creativity. It is a bit pricey with main courses in the $200-$300 range (and they charge for bread) but definitely worth it.

Seafood ice mountain

Grilled boneless Angus short-ribs mille feuille style with Perigueux sauce.

Pan seared black-cod

Grand Marnier Hot Souffle $50

Le Marron (Private Kitchen)

Booking :   booking@marron.com.hk
Telephone :   (852) 2881 6662
Fax :   (852) 2882 3826
Address :   12/F, Ying Kong Mansion
2 – 6 Yee Wo Street
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong

Hong Kong: ToTT's Grill

For May's birthday week, we went to a bunch of places, one of them ToTT's at The Escelsior and tried out their brunch. View is very nice and there's decent variety. However, the food quality is not up to par with The Garden at Conrad. If you have a deep discount at ToTT's, it's not a bad place, with live music. Otherwise, I'd says stick to other venues where food is the centerpiece rather than the view.

34th floor so, quite a view.
Foie-gras was not properly de-veined (a bit bitter) and was missing something sweet to go with it.
Champagne brunch option.
Rack of lamb.
Frittata. Was OK.
Eggs Benedict. Good rendition and eggs were cooked perfectly.
Grilled meat platter
Risotta. Not very good.
Tiramisu. Decent rendition.

HKD $668 per person for Champagne brunch, $488 for regular brunch, before the 15% discount.
ToTT's @ The Excelsior (34th floor)
281 Gloucester Road 
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Friday, August 5, 2011

Hong Kong: Berliner

We are pretty excited about those two eateries coming within walking distance of our flat; first is Simply Life , which will guarantee Eggs Benedict proximity for our Sundays. The second is Berliner. Both are in the podium of the brand new Sino built Hermitage development. I have to admit that I was quite surprised that a restaurant offering German food would open its doors in what is mostly a 99.9% Chinese community. I would have thought that sauerkraut is an acquired taste. But, whatever the reason, I'm happy with it.

So, we went to check it out and were happy with the food (although the sauerkraut was just OK, but we've been spoiled in getting some of the best sauerkraut there is cooked by my Alsace-Lorraine born father)
Now, service was not all that great, except for the token Gweilo waiter (manager?) who was awesome. Berliner just opened so we'll let them work out the kinks.

Here's the rundown:

There isn't much in terms of vegetables on the menu and I was a little apprehensive about the asparagus but they turned-out very good; they were big but tasty and cooked nicely.

Pig's knuckles. That thing can feed 3 but, there were two of us... and more dishes... Quite tender. Just too much food!

Sausage platter with potatoes and sauerkraut. Good sausages.

True to form apple strudel. Quite decent. Nice presentation too.

Way too much food for 2, HKD $477

G18 G/F Olympian City 3
1 Hoi Wang Road,
Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong