Archive for February, 2008


Posted in Central, English menu, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, SoHo, Western on February 20, 2008 by kevlars

Tiny, tiny cafe. Blink and you’ll miss it. Doesn’t help that the cafe’s signage is white on a white wall. If you’re looking for it, locate the G.O.D. on Hollywood Road, then walk towards the big Chinese herbal drinks stall, which has a 7-Eleven just beyond it. Bricolage62 is right between them.

Now we’d love to say this place was excellent. Because it’s cosy and it screens art films above its patrons’ heads, it’s precisely the sort of restaurant that would make a great hidden-gem sort of find.

Unfortunately the food was only so-so, and the portion sizes, though not q. miniscule, could definitely be improved upon. Then the waitress informed us that the only dessert available was a somewhat sad-looking cake on the counter.

And so we paid and left.

It’s too bad, though, inventing idiotic dialogue for foreign films is one of life’s great joys.

We say go, but stick with wine or coffee.

Our grades: ambience: A1, food: B4, service: A2

62 Hollywood Road, Central
T: +852 2542 1991


Posted in Amex Platinum deal, Asian, Central, English menu, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Thai, Vietnamese on February 20, 2008 by kevlars

Our recommendation for Lian is to order several appetisers and a bowl of rice. Top of our list are the soft shell crab rolls, which if we remember correctly, come with generous slices of avocado.

Lian might not serve the most authentic Thai or Vietnamese dishes, as many of the recipes appear to have the spice factor reduced significantly. And eating around a table-sized pond might not be your idea of fine dining.

But then again, it might. And the food is really pretty scrumptious, even if somewhat wimpy, chili-wise. We say, give it at least a try once. Particularly if you have a credit card that gives you deals at Maxim’s outlets.

Our grades: food: B3, ambience: B3, value for money (w/ Amex Platinum): A1

Shop 2004,  Podium Level 2
IFC Mall
T: +852 2521 1117

El Cid Spanish Restaurant

Posted in Causeway Bay, English menu, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Spanish on February 20, 2008 by kevlars

Never eat here.

Everything we had was a poor imitation of someone’s idea of something Spanish.

El Cid Spanish Restaurant
Our grades: food: F9

Shop C, G/F, Florida Mansion
9-11 Cleveland Street
Causeway Bay

Rive Gauche Rive Droite

Posted in Central, English menu, French, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, LKF, Set lunch deals on February 20, 2008 by kevlars

This joint is tucked away on the 2nd floor of Onfem Tower on Wyndham Street, right across from the Fringe Club. If you’ve forgotten to make reservations and got delayed at work and are heading out to eat in the middle of the Central lunch hour insanity, this is a good option.

Set lunch is HK$128 for 2 courses, HK$148 for 3 courses, not including taxes. An Angus steak will carry a surcharge of HK$30 but is pretty worthwhile. Service is friendly and prompt, the old Indian proprietor will go out of his way to please, so don’t be afraid to ask for things off the menu.

The food is consistently good, if not particularly spectacular. Tables are decently spaced.

The only downside is that for lunch, it’s pretty pricey considering what’s being offered just a little higher up over at Wagyu, Frog Face Fish and Zest.

Rive Gauche Rive Droite
Our rating: food: A2, ambience: A2, service: A2, value for money: B3

2/F Onfem Tower
29 Wyndham Street, LKF
T: +852 2525 1681

Law Fu Kee Noodle Shop Ltd

Posted in Asian, Central, English menu, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, SoHo on February 20, 2008 by kevlars

The offerings here are fairly straightforward – you have a choice of noodles or congee (porridge), with an assortment of meats – fish, shrimp, pork and pork insides. Mix and match!

Fish congee was excellent – fish was sliced wafer thin and the congee was delicious. For HK$22, a total bargain, particularly for these cold wintry days.

Despite the English menu stuck on the window, they don’t speak any. Happy pointing. Add HK$1 for takeaways (ling zhao!).

Law Fu Kee Noodle Shop Ltd
Our rating: food: A1, value for money: A1, ambience: old HK

50 Lyndhurst Terrace (get off the escalator when you see Dozo and head towards Hollywood Road)
T: +852 2850 6756