The Elements Mall is not a mall I frequent. And frankly, I haven't been all that impressed with the F&B scene there so it really is a tad much effort to trudge there for lunch even though it isn't all that far away. A chance errand required me to get there and so with E, we decided to try out the of late, much reviewed Kowloon Tang.
The restaurant is beautifully fitted to look like a posh dining hall from 1930s Shanghai. Stepping in, it smacks of nothing like the Chinese restaurants Hong Kong has come to know. It was quiet, very quiet. No doubt we were early for lunch but still, no clanging of tableware nor loud chatter from the staff. Makes for an excellent venue to have quiet client meals. Service is trained efficiency although it did lack a little warmth. I didn't get the happy staff feeling but oh well, who am I to judge.
We weren't looking for a lot to eat since we needed to manage time and our appetites. But what we had was actually quite decent, and not overly re-created, and still true to its Chinese roots. Many reviews had raved about the Peking duck here but perhaps one duck between 2 people would have been a little too much to handle.
|Goose liver in Huadiao|
|Steamed crab meat and egg white dumplings|
|Deep fried spring rolls with taro wrapped in a steamed rice flour roll|
|Wok fried four angled beans with crispy pork lard and garlic|
Overall, a very pleasant experience. Very decent surrounds so you can actually hear yourself and your companion without fear of losing your voice. And the food was pretty good too. So I will make it a point to go back and try the duck. Afterall, many have proclaimed it the best in Hong Kong. So I might just break my rule of never eating the bird outside the capital.
3/F, Roof Deck, Elements
1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852-2811 9398