Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FISH & CHICK Kennedy Town Hong Kong


 FISH & CHICK


COD & CHIPS

HALF CHICKEN WITH SWEETCORN

FRIED FRESH CALAMARI

 THE MENU


I'm always looking for somewhere to enjoy my favourite British dishes when the craving hits and Fish & Chick manage to offer just that in a casual, neighborhood setting. We visited on a sunny day and loved the open front entrance which overlooked Kennedy Town's waterfront view. Their two specialities are fish & chips and rotisserie chicken, both freshly prepared on the premises. We were impressed with the choice of fish options and loved that the menu also had other seafood snacks to compliment our meal. We went for the classic cod which was chunky and served in crispy batter.  The calamari basket was very lightly breaded and tasted amazing with the house tartare sauce and twist of lemon. The last dish we shared was their rotisserie chicken which is not one to miss, cooked to perfection with insanely delicious crispy skin and juicy meat. Overall an impressive offering in a classic and fun setting. We will definitely be going back for more.




Fish & Chick, Shop 6, 25 New Praya, Kennedy Town
2974 0088


COCOTTE Central Hong Kong


 COCOTTE


DIVER SCALLOPS
CARAMELISED SUNCHOKE, MOREL, PEA COULIS, TRUFFLE


STEAK TARTARE
TRUFFLE "EGG YOLK", RUSTIC SOUR DOUGH CROUTE, ROQUETTE SALAD


PARISIENNE GNOCCHI
SPANNER CRAB, CHILI-TOMATO-SHELLFISH-EMULSION, ENGLISH PEA


DAY BOAT DOVER SOLE "MEUNIERE" about 650g
PAN FRIED WHOLE DOVER SOLE, LEMON, CAPERS & PARSLEY


HARICOTS VERTS 
(accompanies the dover sole)


POTATO PUREE
MASCARPONE, CARAMELISED GARLIC, CHIVE


SAUTEED WILD MUSHROOMS
PROVENCAL HERB BUTTER


FIRST SEASON BERRIES
80 YEAR OLD BALSAMIC, LAVENDER MERINGUE, FROMAGE BLANC

GRAND CRU CHOCOLATE
ORANGE SICILIAN PISTACHIO, JELLY MADE FROM EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL



A stylish Parisian brasserie has hit the Central scene and it's the perfect spot to relax and enjoy great food in a chic yet chilled setting. We loved the welcoming window front and cozy space, perfect for a date night or a wine fueled dinner with friends. The menu features classic French cuisine with a fun twist, and has plenty for every palate. Our favourite starters included the delicious and perfectly cooked diver scallops with caramelised sunchoke and the flavourful steak tartare enhanced by the rich truffle "egg yolk". We also loved the Parisian style gnocchi which was perfectly complemented with spanner crab and a chili-tomato-shellfish-emulsion. For our main we shared the Day Boat Dover Sole "Meuniere". One of my favourite dover soles I have had in Hong Kong. The giant fish was meaty, fresh and prepared just the way I like it, pan fried with lemon, capers and parsley. Add some of their great sides such as the potato puree with caramelised garlic and their sauteed wild mushrooms with Provencal herb butter. Make sure to save room for one of their desserts. The indulgent Grand Cru Chocolate definitely hit the spot. An amazing neighborhood vibe and a definite Hungry Hong Kong favourite.





Cocotte, 9 Shin Hing Street, Central
2568 8857



Monday, April 14, 2014

ICHIRAN Ramen Causeway Bay Hong Kong



ICHIRAN


INDIVIDUAL BOOTH FOR EATING RAMEN


ICHIRAN RAMEN


EGG

CUSTOMISE YOUR RAMEN


A Japanese ramen import, Ichiran has been infamous for it's ridiculously long lines and delicious spicy sauce since it's arrival in HK. A plain and simple approach, Ichiran serves only the classic Tonkatsu Ramen in personal cubicles on a long bar. We arrived before noon to beat the lunch rush and were happy to only wait 10 minutes to be seated. The menu gives ordering options based on noodle texture and level of spice, which is always important to any ramen lover like myself. The fresh broth teamed perfectly with their signature sauce and made for a satisfying meal. The best part is they are open 24 hours a day, so perfect for those late night hunger spells. A great spot if you are dining alone and don't like HK's usual style of seating, as many strangers as possible on one table.


http://hk.ichiran.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ichiran.hk


Ichiran, Shop H & I, Ground Floor, Lockhart House, Block A, 440 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
2152 4040


Sunday, April 13, 2014

LUK YU TEA HOUSE Central Hong Kong




LUK YU TEA HOUSE

ENTRANCE

THE MENU


FRESH SHRIMP DUMPLINGS

SHRIMP & PORK MEAT DUMPLINGS

STEAMED SPARE RIBS IN BEAN SAUCE


STEAMED BARBECUED PORK BUN


STEAMED RICE WITH SHRIMPS WRAPPED IN FRESH LOTUS LEAVES



ROASTED DUCK MEAT & CHESTNUT PIE

THE DINING AREA



Established in 1933, Luk Yu Tea House is an HK institution boasting colonial style design and serving the city's traditional dim sum dishes. The tea house gained notoriety in 2002 when a prestigious businessman was assassinated while dining on the premises.  Today you will see loyal local customers and businessmen returning time after time for the delicious food and classic ambiance. We loved the traditional feel upon arrival and incredibly polite service. Many of our usual dim sum dishes were available but tasted more fresh and flavourful than the typical restaurant.  Favourite dishes included the fresh shrimp dumplings, the shrimp and pork meat dumplings and the roasted duck meat & chestnut pie. A perfect spot to bring the parents or visitors for an authentic dim sum experience.  



Luk Yu Tea House, G/F-3/F, 24 Stanley Street, Central
2523 5464


Thursday, April 10, 2014

LITTLE LAB Central Hong Kong




LITTLE LAB

THE NEWBORN
BACARDI GOLD RUM, BACARDI OAKHEART, LIME JUICE, HOMEMADE CHINESE GINGER STEW


NIPPON FUSION
VODKA, YUZU JUICE, HOUSE HERBAL SYRUP (CHINESE LICORICE, MINT & HERBS MIXED), EGG WHITE, SODA WATER

MEXICANA TWISTER
GOLD TEQUILA, LIME JUICE, GRAPEFRUIT JUICE, HOMEMADE DRIED TANGERINE SYRUP

HK TEA TIME
DEWAR'S 12 YEAR SCOTCH, HOME RECIPE DAI PAI DONG TEA SYRUP, EVAPORATED MILK, CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR, PALE ALE TOPPED


CRAFT BEERS


New bar Little Lab on Staunton street has quickly become a Hungry Hong Kong favourite. Think sleek, industrial design, cozy ambiance, friendly staff, and delicious innovative cocktails. What more could you want on an evening out? All the cocktails we sampled were delicious and had us wanting more. Our favourites included The Newborn, using homemade Chinese ginger stew, and the HK Tea Time, using a home recipe dai pai dong tea syrup. If you love a good cocktail made by experienced baristas and a relaxed yet trendy spot to hang out this is the place for you. We know we will be returning again and again.


*****

Striving to promote cocktail culture and bring innovating cocktails to Hong Kong, a group of young mixologists started a new laboratory-concept-bar in Soho, Central – Little L.A.B. A series of signature cocktails made with innovating ideas at an authentic harmonized ambience will delight guests with an exquisite drinking experience.

The Little L.A.B. operations team is formed by young and talented professionals, who have gained solid experience from the most popular bars and restaurants in the town including Quinary, Wyndham the 4th, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Four Seasons Hong Kong, Four Seasons Macau, etc. Cyrus Li, Founder of Little L.A.B. said, “The concept of Little L.A.B. is from the laboratory, where creativity leads to invention. We start our business from a cozy venue, a place where inspiration, creativity and academic knowledge match perfectly. At this laboratory, our mixologists are working like at a home kitchen, utilising their creativity with different ingredients to create new and innovating cocktails for guests.” Alex Ng, Project Manager added “The drinking culture in Hong Kong is deeply influenced by the Western style. Instead of being trend followers, we want to introduce Chinese elements to the classical recipes. All cocktails at Little L.A.B. are unique and special, with high quality!”

Chinese ingredients like LouHan Gou, sweet vinegar, jujube, “Dai Pai Dong” milk tea, etc. are widely used in cooking, but seldom in cocktails. The mixologists at Little L.A.B. are full of creativity and imagination. They employ local components to create modern twist to classical cocktails, injecting a new life to the beverages. Guests can explore the innovating drink list for a completely new gastronomical experience, including HK Tea Time with “Dai Pai Dong” milk tea, The Newborn made of homemade ginger sweeten vinaigrette, Roselle Fizz highlighting citrus Roselle syrup, Mogrosides Injection featuring LouHan Gou soup, and many more. Together with the mouth-watering canapés to ensure a gastronomic sensation.

To accompany the wide selection of beverages, Little L.A.B. also features imported and craft beers from U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand. The drink menu will be changed regularly with seasonal highlights.


https://www.facebook.com/littlelab50

Instagram - LittleLab50


Little Lab, Shop B, G/F 48-50 Staunton Street, Central
2858 8580


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BURGER BOX Central Hong Kong





BURGER BOX

DOUBLE CHEDDAR CHEESE BURGER

MUSHROOM SWISS CHEESE BURGER

POUTINE
GRAVY, MOZZARELLA CHEESE


Burger Box, set at the the entrance of HK's busy Star Ferry terminal, is constantly pulling customers in with the aroma of their enticing burgers.  I had only previously tried the new Burger Box location in Causeway Bay (now closed), and seemed to have accidentally skipped over this amazing little stand located so close to home. We were pleased by the affordable prices and loved their simple menu options.  The double cheddar cheese burger was of course a must try for me, and we also opted for the mushroom swiss cheese burger, alongside a portion of poutine. Cooked to perfection the patties were juicy, generous and went perfectly with the light bun and toppings. We devoured the delicious meat fest in minutes and vowed to return for more later that week. Their fries are also fresh and tasted great served in a poutine. A definite Hungry HK favourite lunchtime stop. 






 Shop C, Lower Deck, Central Pier 7, Star Ferry, Central, Hong Kong
 2167 8990


Monday, April 7, 2014

BUTAO RAMEN Central Hong Kong




BUTAO RAMEN


INSIDE BUTAO

 THE MENU

 CUSTOMISE YOUR RAMEN

 BUTAO (ORIGINAL) RAMEN

LIMITED KING RAMEN

 MARINATED JAPANESE EGG

 THE BAR


You can probably recognize Butao Ramen by the long line of hopeful patrons patiently waiting at it's Wellington Street doorstep. We visited on a quiet Wednesday morning, and arrived just as they opened the front doors to beat the crowds and sample a bowl of the famous noodles and soup. They offer a simple menu where you can choose your strength of soup, noodle texture, and toppings.  They also offer a limited edition ramen that changes from time to time, so we went for one original and one special. Both featured exceptional, delicious broth and perfectly prepared pork belly. As the other customers started ordering, we noticed an abundance of regulars adding an extra portion of pork to their noodles. This is very highly recommended as it's definitely where Butao excels. The perfect spot for a satisfying lunch and must visit for ramen aficionados looking for the Japanese experience.





Butao Ramen, G/F, 69 Wellington Street, Central