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Gingko House, Central, Hong Kong

Gingko House is a French and Italian eatery run by a group of senior citizens (many are over 70 years old) who provides sincere, warm and friendly service. I’m not talking the frowny types found at cha chaan tengs, the people that runs the Gingko House are restless retirees, who has ‘recently held mid-to high-level management jobs and do no want to slow down despite retiring’.

I was catching up with the lovely J, it was a late night, as both of us were trying to finish things at work and thought we would walk up Gough Street and stumbled across this restaurant. The décor is cozy, and simple. We sat downstairs near the kitchen and were welcomed by the friendly waiter / waitress.

Ginko House offers special set dinner – appertizer, soup, main course with tea or coffee for the price of HKD468 (AUD 59). The menu is vast, and if you don’t fancy the special set dinner, you can always get a la carte. Both J and I were too lazy to think (well I was) and opted for the special set dinner.

I started with the wild mushroom strudel with cheese served as a roll. The pastry was light and crunchy and the mushroom was creamy but not sickening. I love mushrooms so this was a winner for me. Served with a side of salad, which was fresh and refreshing.

J couldn’t go past the deep fried French escargot pie with organic romaine lettuce and raspberry balsamic. This was absolutely delish. The crusty pastry, the oozy cheese, and the escargot were cooked to perfection. I would have definitely liked more escargot!

We both opted for the organic vegetable minestrone which was served with a side of herbs and garlic bread. The soup was nice, but I have definitely had better. The side of herbs and garlic bread was tasty! I was getting rather full by this stage….

As we are both pork lovers, we both couldn’t resist the kurobuta pork rack (French cut) with organic sweet potato, golden garlic and cumin sauce.

The pork was amazingly succulent, with the right amount of fatiness. The garlic which sat on the pork was baked till it was tender that it was spreadable over the pork, and the sweet potato was a wonderful complement – it was like icing on a cake! It was absolutely delicious! Pity I was uber full and could not finish this.

Tea was served, I mulled over dessert but was just too full, couldn’t even finish our mains! It was a lovely experience, thought the service was very friendly and warm and the food surprisingly good, better than I had expected.

I have heard that they serve excellent Australian Angus rib-eye and Norwegian Salmon which were on the menu, but it was the pork that caught both our eyes.

It was lovely to catch up with the lovely J, and I look forward to seeing you in Sydney for more eateries!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Gingko House

G/F, 44 Gough Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2545 1200

  1. December 7, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Escargot pie???? Yes please!

  2. December 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Gotta love a half head of roasted garlic! Now escargot pie sounds very interesting.

    • December 8, 2011 at 1:42 am

      the escargot pie was really good! it was better than i thought to be honest 🙂

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