Sal Curioso, Central, Hong Kong
Sal Curioso is the sister restaurant of Madam Sixty Ate – the food at Sal Curioso is Tapas style – to share. A couple of my dear friends from Sydney were in town and I suggested this place. The menu has a modern Spanish and South American themed. I have noticed that there are a lot more tapas like restaurants opening in Hong Kong, 22 ships, Chicha, to name a few.
Sal Curioso is headed by husband and wife duo Chris Woodyard and Browyn Cheung of Woolly Pig Concepts who are also the brains behind Madam Sixty-Ate. I didn’t really enjoy the food at Madam Sixty-Ate, not sure if it’s what I ordered but I recall everyone on the table did not think highly of their dish. Nevertheless, I was still keen to try their new establishment.
We left all the ordering to our foodie friend, IW, he owns a restaurant so I would expect him to order well and let’s just say he did not disappoint! We started with the Albondigas – saltbush lamb meatballs on walnut braised chickpeas and shaved foie gras. These were surprisingly tasty but a little on the lamb-y side (as you may recall I am not a huge fan of lamb!). However, the lamb was tender, and the foie gras was a little on the subtle side.
The Peruivan duck confit ceviche with orange tonic foam, duck jus was a hit. It was served with sweet potato chili gel and wafer. Not quite what I was expecting, as the ceviche was actually cooked. Nevertheless, the duck was tender and the orange a wonderful complement.
The Jumbalaya – a dry jumbalaya of puffed rice, seared squid, torched prawn, smoked chorizo, celery gel, pepper, onion rings and popcorn chicken was surprisingly tasty. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the puffed rice was moist, and the seafood a wonderful complement.
IW and I share our love for pork, so the molasses suckling pig was a must! Six hour pig with pear, mustard fruit compote and oh my – this was mouth-watering. Tender pork meat, crunchy skin – what more can you ask for? This was definitely one of the highlights for me.
The buttermilk fried chicken – free range chicken, soft grits, corn ragout and fritters were excellent. The chicken meat was juicy and tender, the corn ragout complemented the chicken. Another favourite for the diners, including myself.
The blood pudding was interesting but good. I love blood pudding so really enjoyed this, however, if you are not a huge fan of blood pudding then this dish is not for you.
The beetroot salad with quinoa was wonderful. Fresh and light and I love the haloumi cheese which was served with it.
The arancini was surprisingly tasty – served with olives, it was slightly sour but not powering.
The potted key lime pie – lime marmalade coconut sorbet, and biscuits, coconut crisps was a little hard to photograph. Not quite what I expected as I had expected a slab of lime pie but instead, a somewhat deconstructed lime pie – it was sour but the coconut sorbet was a wonderful complement. Not my favourite dessert unfortunately.
The rocky road – marshmallow chocolate sundae I enjoyed, and the sorbet was a wonderful complement.
Last but not least – fried leche bread pudding – chili chocolate fudge, chocolate rosemary ice cream, soil and bourbon marshmallows – this I adored! It was sweet, there was a hint of spiciness in the chocolate, a mix of both. The fried bread pudding was definitely delightful! YUM!
Overall I thought food was tasty – I think also IW ordered extremely well! You can never go wrong when eating out with IW! He truly does love his food and knows how to order! It was lovely to see you both and hopefully we will have a meal together soon!
Definitely prefer this restaurant than Madam Sixty-Ate!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
2/F, 32 Wyndam Street
Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2537 7555