Starting with the European quarter (no pun intended):
|Serge et le Phoque|
Loved the vibe at Serge. Lots of buzz and energy being in the middle of a traditional wet market in Hong Kong's Wanchai district. Go before sundown to walk through what defines HK before settling down into a hipster type of bar and restaurant in a unique and rare high ceilinged space. Only complaint is that the acoustics were poor at best and so be prepared to speak at a decibel or 10 higher than normal. The food is innovative, fun and has some Japanese influences. The tasting menu feeds well but does not overwhelm. And certainly very well executed. Merits an encore.
Tsim Sha Tsui saw a bit of action with the opening of a few exciting options.
|La Locanda's pizza|
Skin features in the Chinese section this quarter.
|T'ang Court's suckling pig|
The lone entry in the South East Asia quarter is Chachawan. I resisted a couple of times given its no-reservations policy so a late dinner night on a public holiday worked magic. I had hoped it was not overly hyped and was pleasantly surprised. Hipster in its spartan decor, reminiscent of an old shophouse from the 70s. Comfortable enough although a tad dark to really see what you're eating. It's not pitch black but that's just me. The crab meat omelet and the dessert rotis were winners for me.
With all the "bad stuff" we subject ourselves to everyday, it's good to cleanse ourselves once in a while unless you can embrace plant based vegetarianism wholly. The good news here is that the stuff is pretty tasty. My spinach and cottage cheese with chappati was pretty authentic without the usual richness expected in an Indian restaurant so no food coma afterwards, especially after a very yummy affogato.
Omakase seems to be the order of the day in restaurants these days. Even Italian restaurants like Fratini have jumped on that bandwagon. Chef Gabriel Fratini works the crowd as he does the food so he teleports around the restaurant quite a bit, in between sips of Rose´ and Prosecco. Antipastis, pastas and desserts are delectable. There were some misses in the other mains only because the tastes just didn't come together for me and not because they weren't well done. But you can't please everybody and the neighborhood buzz this place offers is fun and casual enough for an easy evening. Tip: go hungry since it is quite a lot of food.
Last but by no means least, is Yanting, the Chinese restaurant at the St. Regis. We had the place booked up for Aunty A's big birthday and being a big crowd, wasn't expecting much, but the simple menu put together was well executed for the crowd and what you should expect a restaurant of that rating and calibre to deliver, and we weren't disappointed. If I didn't have enough Chinese food in HK and needed some good quality stuff in a comfy, quiet and well serviced setting, this would be my choice.
A busy quarter at work but you wouldn't believe me if I told you that was all I did. And happily I confess. Until next quarter, eat well.