Your author will be in the company of two other fellow bloggers, Zaylene and Harris, feasting on yummylicious food in the lovely Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur. There are no fine dining restaurant visits are in the itinerary but (hopefully) equally delectable and scrumptious surprises and meals await us.
I have scheduled a few entries in the coming days for your reading pleasure, but if patience is not one of your virtues (I admit, it isn’t one of mine), please visit some of my other favourite food bloggers. The usual culprits are:
myfoodsirens (Away in Europe)
thesimplestaphrodisiac (Away in KL)
sparkling or still
only slightly pretentious food
Your Humble Author,
Our first dinner in Hong Kong brought us to Yau Ma Tei. Four Seasons Claypot Rice is an old cafe/eatery located just around the corner of the subway station. This restaurant is what you would imagine in the late 80s/early 90s – mosaic flooring, tiled walls, fold-able wooden tables, chairs and friendly aunties donning apron colored brightly with flowery prints.
Everything here is starts with a humble HKD$18, and portion-wise, you are really getting a good deal out of this.
Located at The Mira Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, Whisk is opened by celebrated and award-winning Singaporean chef, Justin Quek.
Whisk marks his first foray into the Hong Kong food and beverage industry.
Acting as its Consultant Chef, Whisk serves contemporary French and Asian cuisine with an innovative menu using fresh seasonal ingredients.
It was my second day in Hong Kong with Glenn and both of us headed out for some claypot rice (which will be blogged about later) Yau Ma Tei.
So after our dinner we explored the surrounding area for a while. After passing by countless Chow Tai Fook, Chow Sang Sang and Luk Fooks, we stumbled onto this quaint little place that sells milk based desserts.
I was rather pleased on my previous visit to Oriole. So, when I so happened to be in the Orchard vicinity and needed to find a cafe to have a quick dinner, I suggested Oriole.
Luckily for me, my suggestion was taken up. Also, I needed a quick caffeine fix myself!
Zaylene was craving for seafood one day, so I thought why not?
Admittedly, with the exception of Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro, I’m not aware of any specialty western seafood restaurants around. (Save for Fish & Co, Manhattan Fish Market). I have been to Greenwood Fish Market once, prior to the opening of their new outlet and was pleased with my meal. Another reason that keeps me going back to Greenwood is how affordable a meal at Greenwood is, given the quality and range of seafood that you get here.
So off to Greenwood Ave, we both went, in the hope that Zayzay’s cravings could be satisfied.
It was lunch and I was in the mood to indulge, especially so after the recent, somewhat disappointing visit to Spoon by Alain Ducasse.
A flip-through the Hong Kong Tatler Guide to Restaurants, brought me to another restaurant owned by a Michelin-starred chef in Hong Kong.
On the 4th floor of the upmarket shopping mall The Landmark, lies L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Owned by renowned French culinary supremo Joel Robuchon, it is one of his six casual dining restaurants worldwide.
While both the bar top seats facing an open kitchen and a formal dining room were available, I chose the former. Not a hard choice to make, don’t you agree? Just like how one would prefer to have his Sushi meal in front of the Itamae, being in full view of the cooks and chefs preparing one’s meal is a joy in itself!
After my visit to NOBU, I walked around the Intercontinental Hotel and saw a signboard that piqued my curiosity, “Spoon by Alain Ducasse“.
A lot has been heard of Alain Ducasse, one of which is holding the acclaim that he is also the only chef to hold 19 Michelin stars throughout his career. Not having had the opportunity to visit his Michelin Star restaurants, I paid a visit to his Spoon-branded restaurant. While I was not expecting mind-blowing cuisine, I was half-expecting something memorable, considering the branding of the author of Grand Livre De Cuisine. Join me while I relive my experience.
It was the Easter weekend and Spoon was offering a Easter Set Dinner that went for HK$988 per person (Plus 10% service charge).
Long have I heard of Absinthe, so when the opportunity presented itself to try it’s positively-reviewed cuisine by Chef Francois Mermilliod, I knew that I had to jump onto it immediately! This was a visit during the Restaurant Week that took place March 22nd till March 28th. The Restaurant Week menu was priced at an affordable S$55++.
First thing in the 2nd morning of our Hong Kong trip, Glenn and I had planned to visit Lin Heung. So on our way there in a cab (take the subway, its much faster and alot cheaper) we decided to ask the nice cabby where to eat in and around Central. He then recommended us the Roast Goose from Yung Kee.
And while having our dim sum breakfast, the patrons that shared the same table as us talked about Yung Kee as well, which stoked our curiosity even more to try this restaurant.
Yung Kee is a Chinese-Cantonese restaurant that is well-known with the locals for serving roast goose and their Cantonese dishes. And its generally a suitable place for families to have their dinner or lunch here.
Need I add that, Yung Kee was awarded 1 Michelin Star in the The Michelin Guide – Hong Kong / Macau 2010? That, alone, should be reason enough to plan for a visit to Yung Kee.