Derby Restaurant and Bar, Happy Valley
I don’t go to the Happy Valley Clubhouse very often, in fact this is the first time that I have been. From memory, you have to become a member – Hong Kong is a bit like that, you have to become a member for everything! It was our work Christmas party and this is where we had it. It is a ‘sophisticated restaurant’ and gents aren’t allowed to go in wearing jeans. A colleague of mine wore jeans and they lent him a pair of pants to wear – I kid you not! On the website, they mentioned that ‘business casual with special arrangement’ is the attire and the minimum standard is a blazer or sport jackets over shirts, sports shirt with collars or turtle necks. Ladies are required to dress to a comparable standard and blue denim jeans are unacceptable!
The restaurant was dark – dim lighting, perfect for a date or a special occasion. Diners had the option to have a la carte or set menu, most of us except for two had the a la carte. We started with some warm bread – choices of multigrain, sundried tomato, whole wheat baguette and sourdough. From memory I had the sourdough.
Started with the tomato consommé, this was light and surprisingly tasty, fresh tomato pieces and ravioli.
‘The Mother’ had the potato and leek soup which was deliciously creamy.
For mains I couldn’t go past the loin and belly of sabaguta pork, pork knuckle ravioli, cider and marjoram jus, celeriac puree, and sautéed apple – my goodness what a mouthful! I didn’t know where to start! So much pork cooked in different ways. The loin and belly were incredibly tender that it just melted in your mouth. I didn’t enjoy the ravioli so much – thought the pork was a little tough but the loin and belly – to die for!
‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the grilled Australian wagyu beef tenderloin sauce béarnaise, sautéed spinach, and French fries. The steak was cooked to perfection, medium rare and the French fries, thick and crispy just the way I like it.
One of my colleagues had the slow cooked black truffled free range chicken breast with sauce albufera, petit pois a la francasiuse, aromatic pilaf rice. I didn’t have any of this but was told that it was good, very good in fact.
I was getting a little full by now, however, we couldn’t go past the strawberry cheesecake semifreddo with mango and strawberry compote. It was too pretty to eat, the cheesecake was tasty and the mango and strawberries a wonderful complement.
The hazelnut soufflé, valrhona chocolate sauce and praline ice cream I was told was excellent. The hazelnut soufflé was incredibly light and fluffy and the praline ice cream delightful. I was a little sad that I couldn’t try this – silly nut allergy!
We shared another dessert, as one of my colleagues wanted to try the apple and blueberry crumble with ginger scented ice cream. It wasn’t what we expected – the crumble was just on the top and not much of it. Unfortunately I didn’t like this dessert, the semifreddo was definitely better!
We also had some petite fours which I didn’t have, as I was beyond full! To be honest, I don’t even remember what they are! SORRY! Service tentative, food I thought was pretty good, especially the pork (surprise surprise). The steak and the French fries were pretty enjoyable also.
This was a combined Christmas party and farewell. One of my dearest colleague was leaving to go back home. You will be missed my dear friend, I have missed you already but I do have this gorgeous scarf to remind you off! Thanks for all your help and most importantly, thanks for the scarf! GORGEOUS!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
Derby Restaurant and Bar
B1/F&1/F Happy Valley Clubhouse, Shan Kwong Road
Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2966 1310