Archive for January, 2008

Papa Razzi

Posted in English menu, Hong Kong, Italian, Tsim Sha Tsui on January 20, 2008 by kevlars

Totally overate at this place, but it was also totally worth it.

If they’re still serving the prosciutto with fresh figs starter – have it. Afraid I haven’t got any pictures of the appetizers – the escargot was equally excellent – we were starving.

Seafood risotto, served on a large shell. Better than I thought possible. Laced with slivers of crab.

Lamb. Also excellent.

And to top it all off, service was impeccable. Candlelight and proper waiters.

Oh yes, – smokers rejoice, the tables outside are yours.

Papa Razzi
Our grades: food: A1, ambience: A2, service: A1, value for money: A1

2 Knutsford Terrace
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Reservations essential: +852 2312 6668

Chuk Yuen Vietnamses Restaurant

Posted in Asian, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, SoHo, Vietnamese on January 16, 2008 by kevlars

Vietnamses, yes. Not a typographical error.

I was starving and this was on the way home and it was pho for HK$25.

Very, um, rustic decor:

And here’s the pho (noisy picture warning):

Pho is the cornerstone of Vietnamese cuisine. This rendition was, um, maybe a six outta ten. But I don’t really feel qualified to rate this place, since I did a takeout this time, and plastic containers almost always result in soggy noodle death. There was a newspaper article in the window though, so they’ve impressed someone – something about chicken wings and French butter. Hm.

If you’d like to try it out:
Chuk Yuen Vietnamses Restaurant
30 Gage Street, Central
+852 2815 0783

McSorley’s Ale House

Posted in Central, English menu, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, SoHo, Western on January 15, 2008 by kevlars

I am a sucker for fish and chips. Years and years ago, I had a bag of the stuff off a pier in Sweden and it was so horribly good that I sometimes get flashbacks and become insatiably hungry.

Monday was one of those days. And the first item on McSorley’s menu is fish and chips in beer batter.

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Lei Garden

Posted in Asian, Central, Dim sum, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island on January 13, 2008 by kevlars

Sunday dim sum at Lei Garden.

Good stuff, but perhaps not as spectacular as we’d hoped. Particularly re the siu long bao (soup dumplings), which should always be fat and piping hot. Ours were lukewarm and decidedly deflated. There weren’t as many choices as we would have liked too, but the perennial favourites were all present: shrimp dumplings, carrot cake, pan fried dumplings, pork buns.

And phoenix claws (chicken feet). Not for the faint-of-heart, or fat-averse. Lei Garden does them in an abalone broth.

Damage for two persons, eight dishes off the standard menu plus tip: HK$360.

Lei Garden (IFC outlet)
Our grades: food: A2, ambience A1, service B3, value for money: A2)

Shop No. 3007-3011
Above Dymocks, above Pret A Manger, 3/F IFC Mall
+852 2295 0238

O Sip Hah

Posted in Asian, Central, English menu, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Set lunch deals, Western on January 12, 2008 by kevlars

Tiny place, big on decor. See:

Can’t in all honesty say the food was spectacular. But its a set lunch for HK$68 in Central – what a steal. Two menus – pick between Asian mains (i.e. noodles) HK$58 up, and Western mains (i.e. meat) HK$88 up. Three courses for the former, four for the latter, no dessert but a drink (coffee/lemongrass tea/juice) is provided.

My dishes were rather hit and miss: excellent Thai fish cake starter, but the raw beef noodles (pho) were disappointing.

If you’re feeling baroque and OTT, hit O Sip Hah. The candlesticks are really something else.

O Sip Hah
Our grades: food: B4, ambience: A1, value for money: B3, service: B3

G/F, 15 Bailey Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 3622 3222

Koi Sushi

Posted in Central, English menu, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, SoHo on January 12, 2008 by kevlars

As conveyor belt sushi joints go, this one’s not too bad. This place is just steps away from the Mid-levels Escalator, and its not as packed as some of the others are, y’know, like when you rip open the paper envelope holding your chopsticks you’ve also stuck your neighbour in the eye.

Sashimi quality: pass with merit. Soft shell crab, maybe not so. But you’re not paying Inagiku prices, and you know what they say about peanuts and monkeys. For cheap(er) decent Japanese grub in SoHo, we think Koi Sushi is the better way to go.

Koi Sushi
Our grades: food: B3, ambience: B3: value for money: A2

60 Stanley Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2537 8332

Zest Restaurant

Posted in Central, English menu, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Set lunch deals, SoHo on January 12, 2008 by kevlars

Now this, this is a real gem. Set lunch: HK$108, and the food was brilliant throughout. So maybe the decor isn’t particularly imaginative and the service somewhat harried, but the waitresses were very pleasant and we were too busy stuffing our faces to care about the walls anyway. I had pasta – perfectly al dente – and my companion ordered the pork, which came with an inch and a half layer of grilled fat. This doesn’t appeal to everyone (not me) but it certainly put him over the moon.

This place definitely requires a prior reservation. Just walk down the road from the extremely popular Frog Face Fish towards SoHo and you can’t miss it.

Serves normal water, though a switch to cappucino from coffee means an extra HK$10.

Zest Restaurant
Our grades – food: A1, service: B3, ambience: B3
57 Wyndham Street
+852 2526 7993

Restaurant Le Fauchon

Posted in Central, English menu, French, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Set lunch deals, SoHo with tags , , on January 10, 2008 by kevlars

The blackboard outside Le Fauchon says “lunch from HK$98”. Actually, HK$98 means pasta. If you’d like meat for a main, lamb is HK$108, salmon HK$118, and steak HK$128.
But – it’s a pretty good deal. Salad and soup, aforesaid mains, plus coffee and dessert. That’s plenty. My steak was an excellent cut, and properly medium rare, though I have to admit that the sauce wasn’t spectacular. Big white plush seats, attentive English-speaking waiters, piping hot bread, plenty o’ butter, and they don’t charge for water. I’d go back.

Go early – it was packed by 1pm.

Our grade: A1

Restaurant Le Fauchon
6 Staunton Street, SoHo
Central, HK
+852 2526 2136

Mr. Kim – Contemporary Korean

Posted in Causeway Bay, English menu, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Korean with tags , , , on January 8, 2008 by kevlars

Mr. Kim’s is tucked away on the 3rd floor of Kyoto Plaza. It’s a gem for two big reasons (i) most of Hong Kong doesn’t seem to know about it, so you can almost always get a seat, even a booth next to a giant window so you can lay down your shopping spoils and watch the madness of the Causeway Bay streets below as you stuff your face full of kimchi; (ii) aforesaid kimchi is excellent. Not just pickled cabbage! We had tiny anchovies… and other unidentifiable stuff. Ok, so maybe not everything on the menu made our tastebuds sing, but we were pretty happy.

Wide selection, English menu, and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Call ahead for reservations if it’s Friday/Saturday night.

Mr. Kim – Contemporary Korean
Our grade: A2

3/F Kyoto Plaza, 491-499 Lockhart Road
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
+852 2833 0113