Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hong Kong: Mesa 15

Always on the prowl for new tapas destination, We head to Mesa 15. Fishing bowl style open kitchen, high ceilings, comfortable ambiance. Food was fine. A bit of a SoHo premium on the bill but a good evening.

Sangria. Nice. HKD $75/glass

Cheese platter. Small portions. $110

Tomato Bread. Bit sweet. $32

Slow cooked egg. That was really good; runny egg, saucy sauce, yum. $69

Grilled asparagus. $159

Slow-cooked octopus. Very tasty, nicely grilled. Just the right texture. $139

15 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2530 1890

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Taiwan: The pig-out weekend

We went to Taiwan for 4 nights for a long weekend of pigging-out. I enjoyed this little outing more than I initially expected. Taipei has changed a great deal in the past 15 years.
It was a constant eating fest and I spend a extra hours in the gym when we were back, trying to shed the extra pounds that I gained.

Bagels at Good Cho's in Linsen park, Taipei.
Good bagels, lots of variety. Also a nice place to visit.

Du Hsiao Yuch. Their meat sauce supposedly has been simmering in the pot for twenty years. Was quite tasty.

Flat breaded chicken. Taiwanese KFC. I didn't see the point, really.

Shilin night market.

Shilin night market. Everything seems to be on the sweet side in Taiwan. But sweet sausages?  Not a huge fan.

Coffin stuffed bread. Filling was quite good. Again here, a bit sweet but they didn't overdo it.

Still at Shilin market. Huge selection of fresh fruit. They have Hong Kong beaten there.

Taiwanese breakfast at  華山市場阜杭豆漿. Very long line-up.
100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Jhongjheng District, Section 1, Zhōngxiào East Road, 108號2樓之28

Dumpling soup. Was quite nice. 

Deep fried mushrooms. The Enokis weren't all that great because they were mostly batter but the king mushrooms were great and juicy.

My first try at stinky tofu. In Shenkeng. No matter the angle, it still tasted like what pig manure smells.

Some sweet peanut snacks. Yum.

Variation on stinky tofu.
If you have seen Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away (inset), the village of Jiufen, where we stayed for a night, was his inspiration for the haunted village in the movie. When we went, the fog really enhanced the "spirited" feel of the place.

Supper in Jiufen.

Some dessert in Jiufen. Interesting texture.

That thing, whatever it was, was quite disgusting.

Japanese style breakfast at the B&B in Jiufen.

More sweet sausages. Those were a bit less sweet.

Some lunch in Keelung.  Braised beef with noodles. A wrap. Very tasty. 

 Raohe Street Night Market

Pepper bun. So tasty. Tried the imitation one right next to it as well. But the imitation wasn't nearly as good.

Blood-pudding on a stick. Was a bit bland.

Raohe Street Night Market

BBQ mushrooms. Veeery good.

Walnut pie. Very good but oh so heavy!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hong Kong: Just A Restaurant (JAR)

Restaurant week; we tried Just-a-Restaurant. Aptly named; nothing out of the ordinary here. Food was fine but so is the food at so many other restaurants in Hong Kong. Nothing really bad but then again, nothing impressive. Interesting that their vision is stated as "to create a company that is true to the spirit of hospitality" while I found the service to be lacking (rushed to take our orders while we were still reading the menu, then pretty much ignored us for a while). Maybe it was new staff.
Don't think it will stay open very long in Hong Kong's very competitive market.

The decor is nice enough and I thought it all felt quite comfortable.

Potato croquette with cranberry compote.
Just didn't work. Didn't marry well with the sauce. All fluff, no substance.

Crab salad & cup of French onion soup. Was fine. 

Hanger steak with arugula salad. 

Casarecci with portobello mushroom with caramelized onions  and goat cheese.

Banoffi pie.

HKD $783.20 for two, including $146 worth of drinks.
2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hong Kong: Newsroom for lunch

Everything was ok, not great, ok. At HKD $273 for soup, a bagel and salad, it's too picy for lunch though. We'll try it out for dinner sometimes.

Lentil soup

The Newsroom
33 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hong Kong: Pure

I've been to Pure for lunch and thought it was quite decent. Went back again for dinner and it is nice. I wouldn't qualify it as haute-cuisine but the dishes are properly rendered and flavorful. Maybe a bit pricey for what it is but that's the Soho premium I guess.

Seared Yello Fin Tuna Nicoise. HKD $108

Seabass Risotto. Quite good. $208

Lamb Rack. Not bad but a bit lamby tasting (no, lamb should not have a gamey flavor). $208

2/f Kinwick Centre
32 Hollywood Road
Hong Kong
T +852 8199 8189
F +852 2970 3466