Archive for the Hong Kong Category

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