Friday, May 25, 2012

Hong Kong: Pomelo Thai (金柚泰國餐廳)

Yep, yet another restaurant opens in Tai Kok Tsui. I swear, there's a new one every second week. Sadly, as a result, some close as well. But overall, I would say that quality and variety is going up.
Pomelo Thai is no exception; decent food at a very reasonable price.

You can have quite a nice meal for 2 for under $175. Well, except if you get crab of course, which will boost the tab.

Ci-ya ci-ya! (try it out)

Skewers. Meat was tender and juicy. Cooked perfectly.

Tom Yum soup. True to form.

Pork neck salad. Full a flavour.

Crab in curry sauce. I don't fight with crab shells  but May told me the crab meat was good. Sauce was ok but could have used a bit more seasoning.

Pomelo Thai (金柚泰國餐廳)
G/F, 11 Lok Kwan Street , Tai Kwok Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hong Kong: Harrington's

We are going to the U.K. this summer and felt that we had to prepare our palates for some local delicacies of our insular and distant cousins. I am always apprehensive about Lan Kwai Fong as there's always a premium on food and beverages being served to the beautiful (and rich) "gwailos" roaming the area.

But Harrington's was a pleasant surprise; while certainly not cheap, the menu has a number of reasonably priced and quite tasty choices.

The honey, fig and feta salad was just the right combination of ingredients for a hot April night. Add to this a nice pitcher of Sangria and this was conducive to a nice evening of conversation and relaxation.
My fish pie was just great; fresh seafood in a nice creamy sauce. May's fish and chips was also quite good.

All-in-all, we give Harrington's a big thumb up.

Honey and fig, Persian feta salad $160 

Fish Pie $140

Fish and Chips $160

Banoffie Sundae $70

First Floor, Ho Lee Commercial Building
17 Lan Kwai Fong
Hong Kong

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hong Kong: Mana Fast Slow Food

Sometimes it takes a weekend to make you discover things that you just go by a million times during the week but never see. May and I were walking around Central and walked on Wellington, right behind where I work. Little did I know that there was Mana Fast-Slow food there. So, we checked-it out as the menu and ambiance were appealing.
All-in-all, pretty honest food and not too overly pricey. I enjoyed everything but for the smoothie which was way too rich as to become a bit gross. Rastafarian staff in the heart of Centra;, the world's capitalism capital is somewhat interesting.
Anyhow, if you are in the neighborhood, stop by.

Loving the earth.

Sun juice (Apple, carrot and ginger. Nice and energizing) HKD $45, the mezze platter (good olives, great humus and baba-ghanouj, nice flat bred) $95, and the Babylon shake $50 (could drink more than two sips. I think they need to remove the tahini out of the thing; it's just too much)
92 wellington st.
tel. 2851 1611

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hong Kong: Bonheur

For my birthday, some couple time at Bonheur in Sheung Wan. A great evening. Food was good, maybe a notch below Le Marron but still worth a few visits. Bonheur offers a set menu, no ordering a la carte here. But there are options that should please everyone. Still can't really figure-out whether Bonheur is a private kitchen or a bona-fide restaurant though...

$418 + service charges for 3 course menu, $458 + service charge for 4 course dinner.
6/F, The Pemberton,
22-26 Bonham Strand,
Sheung Wan
Hong Kong

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hong Kong: Tapas Bar

I was having this discussion with May a few weeks back where I told her that I just realized that my comfort food is actually tapas. I love pretty much everything about them; the boldness of flavours, the bite size, the convivial nature of sharing tapas, the ingredients, the whole bit! A tapas dinner just makes me feel good.

If you read my previous blog entries on tapas, you know that I miss Uno Mas. We tried a few other places which are good but don't hit the mark for me. Mesa 15 for instance, is quite good but misses in simplicity. It tries to be too polished. So, when May suggested we try Tapas Bar at the TST Shangri-La Hotel, I of course said yes right away.

But then, when we got to the hotel, I thought to myself: "Wait, it's a tourist hotel in the most touristy place in Hong Kong, how good can it be any good?". Then, coming into the restaurant itself, I had serious doubts; round, granite topped tables just made the place look too showy I was then convinced we would get sub-par food. Waiting staff which looked a little bit baffled just sealed my impression; this place was going to be a disaster. The menu finished it off; while the items sounded about right, the "get 3 tapas, get a discount" just felt like cheap food for the beer-drinkers.

We order a bunch and I was ready to be underwhelmed.
How wrong was I!

Excellent, from May's oysters, to the olives, sangria and Ahi tuna, everything was just right, tasty goodness in the tummy. My kind of comfort food.

I have found my replacement for Uno Mas... and we returned shortly after our first visit.

The entrance. Just off the hotel's lobby. They will also serve you at the comfy chairs in the lobby lounge.
Quite nice as well.
Sangria. Just the right combination of red wine, spirits and fruit/juice.  Pitcher, HKD $350 (fine for 4, drunkness for 2)

Crassostrea $45, Gillardeau $55 and White Pearl oysters $55. May assures me they were loverly.

Figs in Sherry with goat cheese and basil on toast. Such a wise combination of flavours. Really good. I could eat that stuff all day. $75

Deli platter olives, prosciutto, chorizo, bread, cheese. Olives not canned! Hurrah! What's not too like; everything is fresh and oh so tasty. $175

Crab gazpacho $95

Marinated eggplant salad with seared tuna loin. Tasted as good as it looks. $145

Dessert; Chocolate & cherries, flaming tequila. $60

Tapas Bar
Lobby level,
Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel,
64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Phone: 2721-2111

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hong Kong: Linguini Fini for brunch

Lazy Saturday with no hiking for me (hikehongkong.blogspot.com) so we checked-out Linguini Fini for brunch. I had been there for lunch in the past as it is within a 1 minute walk from work. Turns out that they churn out pretty good brunches as well.
The low-point was the yogurt which was 75% other stuff than yogurt (mostly Muslix-type cereals) and not anywhere as nice as what one can get at Pret-A-Manger. On the other hand, the eggs-benedict were quite loverly and unusual; the hollandaise sauce is the key with its nice zesty and spicy 'nduja smothering perfectly cooked eggs (runny) and mortadella. It was a very nice change for the traditional rendition of the dish.
The French toast was a but more ordinary.

Verdict? Affordable and with eggs Benedict that are well worth the detour, go for it!

Family friendly ambiance
Fruit & yogurt cup. HKD $68

The LF Bennedict. $98

Semolina, banana maple syrup French Toast. $78

Linguini Fini
G/F / 1/F, The L Place,