Archive for the Central Category


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

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

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