Souvla is a newish contemporary Greek restaurant opened in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong which is part of the Concept Creations group who is also behind Tapeo, Frites and Chica. From memory, the British gastropub Harringtons used to be here.
I haven’t eaten a lot of Greek food and in Hong Kong, the options are very limited. I was here for lunch with a couple of girlfriends, and for lunch, Souvla offers diners a lunch buffet with mainly vegetarian starters and desserts. You can also add main courses such as chicken, fish, pork or rib-eye for an extra cost pending of your choice.
The ladies all opt for the buffet, and the salad looked absolutely wonderful.
I wouldn’t be able to tell you all the different types of salads but doesn’t this plate look colourful? Everything on the plate was excellent – beetroot, the carrots, the greek salad and the beans. I am pretty sure I went back for some more.
I wanted some protein also in the diet, so ordered chicken which was nicely grilled, and served with tzatziki which I loved.
J ordered the sea bass which was the fish of the day which was served with avocado and she thoroughly enjoyed it.
We couldn’t help but order some pita bread and it was fluffy and light.
Dessert for those who are allergic to nuts were limited, but still there were four to choose from, the bread and butter pudding – yum! The donut I loved but then again I am a huge fan of donuts, and baklava which was a little on the sweet side for me but still good.
It was a wonderful lunch amongst girl friends, our main topic of conversation was sleep training our child! Oh dear! What has my world become? Deliciously full and satisfied, I waddled back to work hoping for a nap but alas, no.
Service was polite and friendly. Really enjoyed lunch, had a quick look at the a la carte menu and everything sounded wonderful. No doubt we will be back to try the dinner menu.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
1/F, Ho Lee Comm Building
40 D’aguilar Street
Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2522 1823
Sorry for the lack of post. As most of you know, we have been traveling, Helsinki and Prague – we ate really well and will post them in the up coming weeks. My trip to Sydney was short but sweet. Caught up with a few people and ate at some new restaurants. I was catching up with the lovely M, and she suggested Moon Park.
Moon Park is a newish Korean Restaurant opened in Redfern – the suburb has a lot of new restaurants lately! The chefs behind Moon Park is ex Claude’s chefs Ben Sears and Eun Hee An. The menu is broken into little and large dishes which are meant for sharing. There is also a four-course tasting menu but we both opt for a la carte. We started with these light crackers, which was deliciously light and melted in your mouth. It really was hard not to eat all of it on your own.
We didn’t have any anju (little dishes) and went straight to the plates. Started with whipped tofu, carrot, shiitake and buckwheat (AUD15). Not what I expected (but then again I wasn’t sure what to expect) – the row of carrots, topped with shiitake crisps which were on top of creamy whipped tofu. It was refreshingly light and absolutely delicious.
Next the imjasutang – royal summer chicken, pine nut, mushroom, date and pickled rose. (AUD17) I was told that imjasutang is usually a soup, however, this dish was soup free – the chicken was at room temperature, and the date really gave the dish that extra sweetness. I never had chicken and date combo before and I have to say, it worked well. This was another light and refreshing dish, perfect for that hot weather.
I’m still undecided about tarakjuk – braised oxtail, tendon, kkaenip kimchi and king’s congee (AUD18) The congee was in puree form but not that watery. I loved the braised oxtail and tendon, just not quite sure about the congee.
Last but not least for the mains, on a roll, bulgogi beef, kimchi and pickled onion (AUD15). We had the kimchi on the side as it has shrimp in it. I have to admit, this was pretty damn tasty. I love bulgogi beef, and it was tender. The pickled onion was a wonderful complement and who doesn’t like fries?
For dessert, we opt for patbingsu, soy flour donuts, strawberry, fig leaf shaved milk, red bean and omija (AUD13). Not too sweet and the donuts – delicious.
We wanted to order the shrimp brined fried chicken, soy and syrup, unfortunately, due to my seafood (well Dragon’s) allergy we couldn’t order this. Pity, as it looked excellent and I am pretty sure every table ordered one!
Service was friendly and polite. Food not your typical Korean food but still very good. I found out later on that my cousin is a part owner, unfortunately he wasn’t working the night we went. Congrats cousin – restaurant is pretty awesome and tasty. Will definitely be keen to try their other dishes and the little dishes also.
It’s always lovely catching up with friends, I have missed you dear friend! Looking forward to our girls trip next year!!!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
34 Redfern Street, Level 1, 34b
Ph: +61 2 9690 0111
Hello from Prague! Sorry for the lack of post. We are on a family holiday in Helsinki and Prague. I have never been to either countries so am very excited to be here! ‘The Mother’ went on a boys trip – the trip of their life – dog sledding and absolutely loved it! Hopefully he will be a guest post and he can share with you all about his trip and adventures.
Anyway, more on Helsinki and Prague later on. On my recent trip to Sydney, I was catching up with my favourite uncle, thesuzchef, M and ramenraff and thesuzchef suggested Three Williams and what an awesome suggestion it was! There has been a lot of vibe about this place and believe it! I love this cafe, the space!!! the food and of course the kids corner where kids can draw and play.
The menu is pretty awesome too, I couldn’t go past the Narnie – a sandwich made from naan bread and opt for the beef brisket. The beef was outstanding, melt in your mouth tender and full of flavour. Even Dragon couldn’t help but have some – actually i am pretty sure she had one large slab! The slaw was a wonderful complement – it definitely wouldn’t have minded another.
Ramenraff and uncle couldn’t go past the bacon and egg roll – look at that egg!!!!
Thesuzchef and E had the french toast with nuts, blueberry and yogurt. This looked fantastic and my diners companions said it was superb. Unfortunately i couldn’t try any as there were LOTS OF NUTS!
M had the avocado with beans on toast with a slab of hash brown! I had some of the avocado and it was fresh, creamy and oh so wonderful.
There’s so much love about this place and i can see why! I fell in love with this cafe also. The chips – which we ordered first and did not take a picture off was outstanding! Crispy and moist and it was so hard to stop at one.
We also had some soda water, pineapple juice and mint and my goodness it was refreshing and delicious – definitely perfect for summer! Service was friendly and polite and did i mention how much I love the space?!?!?!?
Thanks for organizing S, have really missed you guys!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
613a Elizabeth St
Ph: +61 2 9698 1111
There’s really not a shortage of cafes in Surry Hills and I am always amazed that there are new ones opening every couple of months! I have missed my old hood and the cafes. Rustic Pearl can be found on the busy street of Crown Street, right next to Ampersand cafe and opposite the clock hotel.
The cafe is quite small, the menu has an interesting mediterranean twist and everything on the menu sounded lovely. I couldn’t go past the avocado smoothie – fresh avocado, yogurt, milk, honey and pistachio AUD6.50. I had it sans pistachio, the smoothie was delicious, not too sweet and it went down perfectly.
F had the mocha and he really enjoyed it.
I couldn’t go past the pan fried chicken breast salad with crispy bacon, chickpeas, char grilled zucchini with balsamic dressing AUD18. The original comes with pine nuts, agresto and spiced apricot dressing but you all know about my nut allergy. The salad was indeed healthy and exactly what I needed – how I miss a good simple salad!
O had the chicken, mushroom and cheese gozleme and I have to say, this was superb!
F couldn’t go past the sucuk bruschetta – char grilled sucuk, melted buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomato, basil, rocket, pomegranate molasses and soft boiled eggs AUD17 – I had serious food envy! F demolished this, and I can see why.
The char grilled Mediterranean lam burger with red onion jam, smoky eggplant puree, fresh tomato, cos lettuce and yoghurt dressing AUD18 was pretty decent, but I am not a big fan of burgers on focaccia bread. The filing was quite tasty though.
Service was polite and friendly. The cafe was busy at lunch time. I love the rustic feel to the place, and the mural on the wall. They have some decent sandwiches also – petunia trout sandwich with avocado, rocket, artichoke, capers and tarator sauce sounds pretty good! Next time!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
415 Crown Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: +61 406 930 083
So I am in Sydney for a quick visit. It was a surprise visit and indeed both set of parents were surprised! No one knew I was coming except for a few friends and my brother who had to keep the secret for about 2 weeks! I think he was dying to tell someone but the reaction and facial expression on our parents were just too priceless!
I was hoping to hit up some cafes but was everyone wanted different things but we finally agreed of Japanese. I have heard about this place from a couple of friends, Harajuku Gyoza, speciality is obviously gyoza but they also had different types of dishes. The menu was quite simple, 5 different types of dumplings – pork, chicken, duck, vegetarian, prawn and other substantial dishes like chicken karate, pork belly, pork katsu don and many more.
We started with edamame – can’t resist ordering them!
We ordered 4 out of the 5 dumplings – pork, chicken, duck and vegetarian. I really enjoyed the pork and vegetarian. The gyoza was pan fried and it wasn’t too oily or fatty.
The chicken karaage was a favourite – chicken were tender and you can never go wrong with fried chicken! My only gripe was there weren’t enough fried chicken!
Agedashi tofu wasn’t too bad either.
Pork katsu don was a favourite amongst the diners. Tender pork cutlet which was lightly battered and deep fried, on a bed of rice topped with egg. Probably one of my favourite dishes.
The pork belly kakuni was good but some parts were a really dry which was a shame.
Lastly, we couldn’t help but try the apple gyoza with ice cream. Reminded me a little of apple pie, warm apple gyoza and vanilla bean ice cream.
Service was polite and friendly and definitely a fun place to go with friends or colleagues!
*GA received some vouchers which paid for 50% of the bill*
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
9-15 Bayswater Rd
Ph: +61 2 9356 3834
I have probably eaten at two restaurants at Hysan Place, one being the Japanese curry – Izumi Curry and the other Shiro. There are quite a number of restaurants there, not sure why we don’t eat there very often.
‘The Mother’ suggested this restaurant and I have to admit, it was a very good suggestion. The menu vast, it took me a while to figure out what to eat as Dragon had to be able to eat it also. ’The Mother’ couldn’t go past the sashimi plate and my goodness, it looks fantastic! Different types of sashimi, he demolished this within seconds.
The gyoza was actually quite delicious.
Dragon thoroughly enjoyed the cucumber roll. It was actually the first time that she didn’t just pick out the cucumber and ate it!
I couldn’t go past the yakitori set – pork belly, beef, chicken wings and pork balls. I loved the pork belly and chicken wings yakitori, the pork balls were a little bit of a disappointment.
I wasn’t sure how big the set was so ordered another chicken wings just for Dragon and she definitely enjoyed it.
With both set came with rice, miso soup, some appetizers and green salad. Service was polite and friendly and food was delicious. Definitely will be back to try their other dishes.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
Shop 1301, 13/F, Hysan Place,
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2155 8066
Mayta is the latest edition to the Dining Concept Chain, which has taken over the space formerly occupied by Blue Smoke BBQ. Mayta is located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, the restaurant is quite spacious, the vibe is very laid back and when we were there for lunch they had pretty cool music in the background.
We went for lunch, the set menu is quite a good deal to be honest. Chef’s buffet section for HKD118 which consists of soup of the day, ceviche station, salads and desserts. For an extra HKD50 you can order some mains. We however, wanted a la carte.
The boys started with the ceviche – classic – sea bass, red onion, choclo, cancha, glazed sweet potato with classic leche de tigre (HKD158). The boys absolutely loved it, it was light, refreshing and they absolutely adored the sauce!
I couldn’t go past the pan con chicharron – steamed buns, crispy pork, rococo chill aioli, fried sweet potato and pickles (HKD138) – OH MY! These babies were incredibly, soft steamed buns, the crispy pork was to die for – it was just heavenly! Pretty sure I could have eaten all of them at once!
We really enjoyed the Aji De Gallina (HKD198) – crispy pan chicken breast, yellow chili sauce, baby potatoes, sautéed spinach, quail egg and black olives. The chicken was incredibly tender, the hello chili sauce was delicious. One of my favourite mains I have to say.
The cazuela criolla (HKD178) – veal cheek stew, red wine, yellow chili beans, baby carrots, piquillo peppers, crispy potato and pickles were also good but bit on the heavy side. It’s definitely a winters dish. The veal cheeks were tender that it melted in your mouth.
Being the greedy diners that we are, we thought we would order one more thing. In hindsight we should have probably ordered another serving of the pork buns, however, A could not stop suggesting the Arroz Con Pato (HKD188) – beer cilantro rice, duck leg confit, choclo, piquillo peppers and baby carrots. The confit duck was not as tender as we had hoped. It was a little dry unfortunately. However, the duck breast was tender and delicious. The cilantro rice was nice but not for me. It was a very colourful dish though!
Service was polite and friendly and our waitress knew all the dishes on the menu which was good! ‘The Mother’ came back with his colleagues a week later to have the buffet and he said that it was definitely good value.
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
3/F Grand Progress Building
15 – 16 Lan Kwai Fong,
Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2790 0928