Madam Sixty-Ate, Wanchai, Hong Kong
The last time I was in Hong Kong, which was about 2 years ago now, there were so much buzz and hype about Madam Sixty Ate. However, I didn’t get a chance to go and so has been on my-to-go list! The chefs behind Madam Sixty-ate are two Australian chefs – Chris Woodyard, ex culinary director of the W hotel and Andrew Braham, ex sous-chef to Tom Aiken in London.
Madam Sixty-Ate can be found on the podium level of J Residence, a pretty cool apartment I have been told in Wanchai. It has a lovely and spacious balcony for outdoor dining – perfect for a warm day. The menu has a mix of French and British and I love the open kitchen which gives diners a chance to look at the chefs in action.
I was catching up with a couple of friends on the weekend for brunch, I was craving eggs but couldn’t go past the corn and bacon (HKD95) – hot corn fritters and smoked back bacon with corn and quinoa ragout, believe it or not I asked for extra smoked back bacon! My goodness and it was a generous serving of bacon!
The corn fritters were small, the corn and quinoa ragout was good but nothing special I thought. The bacon was definitely the highlight for me.
SK had the croque madame (HKD105) – brioche with melted gruyere, pork belly and fried egg and she was highly disappointed! For one the croquet madame was pasty white! No colour no nothing, she said it was a little bland and really disappointing.
SC had the steak sandwich (HKD185) – wagyu steak, young tomatoes, mushrooms, crisp ‘ohh’ rings and onion chutney on Guiness bread. It looked fantastic and I had food envy but both SC and Mochachocolata Rita said that it sounds better than it tastes – they too were disappointed!
The pancakes – honeycomb, coffee cream and hot butterscotch sauce (HKD120) sounds divine – how can one say no to butterscotch sauce. The pancakes were thick and gigantic!
It looked more like a donut than pancake. Unfortunately, I don’t like my pancakes thick – it was too dense and a little sickly. I do prefer my pancakes on the thinner side. The honeycomb and butterscotch was good though – shame about the pancake itself.
Service was great, pity the food didn’t live up to its expectation. I was disappointed as it has been on my list for a while now. Maybe it was the brunch and dinner is a lot better? I have seen excellent photos of food for dinner.
GA’s ratings: 5 / 10
Shop 8, 1/F The Podium, J.Senses
60 Johnston Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2527 2558