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Souvla Greek Restaurant, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

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.

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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.

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The ladies all opt for the buffet, and the salad looked absolutely wonderful.

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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.

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I wanted some protein also in the diet, so ordered chicken which was nicely grilled, and served with tzatziki which I loved.

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J ordered the sea bass which was the fish of the day which was served with avocado and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

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We couldn’t help but order some pita bread and it was fluffy and light.

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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.

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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

Souvla

1/F, Ho Lee Comm Building

40 D’aguilar Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2522 1823

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Mayta Peruvian Cuisine, Lan Kwai Fong, Central

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Mayta Peruvian Cuisine

3/F Grand Progress Building

15 – 16 Lan Kwai Fong,

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2790 0928

Harringtons, LKF, Hong Kong

Harringtons is part of the Castelo Concepts Group, a new-ish bistro / gastropub in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. I was catching up with a few of my favourite peeps and suggested this place. The venue was not what I expected, it was bright, modern, big comfy arm chairs and the décor was bright and welcoming.

The menu is extensive with an English twist and ranges from burgers, pies, pasta, rotisserie and many more. None of us really wanted entrees, so went straight to the mains. I couldn’t go past the sage roasted pork cutlet (HKD 170) with mash and apple puree. The pork was incredibly tender, and I loved the creamy mash that came with it. My only gripe was that there wasn’t enough crackle!

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M and D opt for the chicken and mushroom pie with green pea mash (HKD 150). I think from memory, they were a little disappointed with the pie. We have been spoilt by the pies in Australia and this just lacked something. The green pea mash was creamy and delicious though, even Dragon enjoyed it.

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S had the fisherman’s pies, medley of seafood in rich creamy sauce with a crusty topping of Parmesan mash (HKD140). S thought it wasn’t too bad, definitely better than the chicken and mushroom pie.

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For dessert, M and I shared the apple crumble with vanilla bean ice cream (HKD65). Served warm, the apple crumble was delicious and I loved the crunchy topping. My only gripe would be that there weren’t enough ice cream! There never is!

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D opt for the molten chocolate pudding with vanilla bean ice cream (HKD75). This looked really good, however, it didn’t have enough chocolate lava which was a shame.

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Overall, food was a bit of a hit and miss, I really enjoyed my pork but you can’t really get pork and apple puree wrong right? Poor S, he was jet lagged as hell but still managed to play with Dragon!

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Service was friendly, I wouldn’t mind trying their lunch menu, 3 course meal for HKD 158.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Harringtons

1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building,

38-44 D’aguilar Street

Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2522 1823

Westwood Carvery, Lan Kwai Fong, Central

I have walked past this place many times, and have seen this cute little restaurant many times whilst queuing up for my favourite ramen place in Hong Kong on Wo On Lane. This place has always intrigued me, and finally one lunch time I suggested this place after sitting around fiddling out thumbs trying to decide where to eat.

The menu is limited, they do offer set lunches for diners starting from HKD98 to HKD148, which comprise of soup of the day to start, followed by either their prime rib sandwich, shrimp scampi or pan fried sea bass. They also have a la carte – salads, pastas, sandwiches, pork ribs and many more. I didn’t know at the time that their roasted prime rib sandwich is their signature dish!

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We all started with the mushroom soup – it was surprisingly creamy and delicious! I am not usually a fan of mushroom soup but I may have been converted about this.

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I opt for the pan fried sea bass with portobello mushroom stuffed with bacon, onion in pesto sauce (HKD168). The fish was beautifully pan fried, making the skin crispy, and I loved the mushroom stuffed with bacon. The pesto sauce I probably should have asked on the side as sometimes it can be over powering.

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J opt for the prime rib original sandwich served with French fries and an apple. Yes – you read that right – it literary came with an apple!

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The prime rib sandwich looked superb, the beef itself was tender and the bread scrumptious – I really should have ordered this. NEXT TIME!

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Unfortunately we were all too full for dessert, but I do love finding new restaurants. There’s really no shortage of restaurants in Central, which makes decision making extremely painful – I don’t know if that’s a blessing or not!

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Service was polite and efficient; I do recommend you make a reservation at lunch time during the week, especially during peak hour. The restaurant is TINY and you may have to wait a while!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Westwood Carvery

G/F, 2 Wo On Lane

Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2869 8111

Casa Lisboa, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

This restaurant was highly recommended by a colleague – I was excited as I have wanted to eat Portugese food for a while but have not had the chance to go to Macau lately. Casa Lisboa can be found in the LKF tower, the restaurant itself was quite big and had a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

The lunch menu is quite reasonable – set menu which consists of complimentary snacks of bread and olives, a choice of soup or salad, choice of main course and any dessert with tea / coffee for HKD168.

We started with some bread and different types of butter (which I can’t remember!), unfortunately the bread was cold and a little hard for my liking.

The olives weren’t great I thought, I love olives and have eaten a fair share of it, and these weren’t fresh.

I couldn’t go past the pumpkin soup and this was deliciously creamy but yet light.

C, my colleague, had the vegetable soup which he thought was a little bland.

I couldn’t go past the steak Portuguese style, which was nicely char-grilled and had a nice and firm texture. The egg on top was cooked to perfection and was a wonderful complement. The potato crisp I didn’t enjoy, I would have preferred potato chips or mash potatoes! It was good but I have definitely had better, especially in Sydney – Bodega.

C ordered the Grouper which was served on a bed of baked potatoes and vegetables. Unfortunately the fish was incredibly salty that it was not edible. We probably should have said something to the chef but he didn’t bother nor care for it.

Unfortunately, C really didn’t enjoy his meal and didn’t want dessert. I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed as I had high expectations. I did notice that most of the diners did order pork and it looked good!

Service was friendly and polite. Unfortunately C didn’t enjoy the food at all and did not rate it, whereas I thought there was definitely room for improvement. The soup and the steak was alright, maybe C just picked the wrong dishes!

GA’s ratings: 5 / 10

Casa Lisboa

8/F, Lan Kwai Fong Tower

55 D’Aguilar Street

Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2905 1168

My kind of bar… Dessert Bar, Riquiqui @ LKF

After our ‘light’ dinner at Nha Trang, we came to Riquiqui for some heavenly dessert. I love the concept of this place – a dessert bar and it looks just like that – a bar. Diners will sit at the bar, around an open kitchen and watch their desserts being plated personally by the chef, Amanda. It’s not a huge bar but intimate and cozy. I love all the décor, and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It’s definitely my kind of place!

Riquiqui means tiny in French. They have the Prix Fixe menu which includes 3 small courses: an amuse-bouche, your choice of a dessert entrée, and a trio of petits fours all for 200HKD. The menu is written on the board which is hung on the wall and changes frequently. Drinks (tea, coffee, or wine) is included in the menu.

We started off with amuse bouche – banana cake with banana sorbet. I LOVE banana cake and Amanda’s banana cake was simply divine! It was moist and not too sweet. The banana sorbet was light and refreshing and a great compliment to the cake. The banana flavour was strong but not overpowering. It was the perfect way to start the ‘meal’.

The choices for the dessert entrée that evening were: roasted pineapple napoleon, citrus panna cotta, flourless chocolate cake with sour cream sorbet, fruit pavlova and cheese platter. I couldn’t go pass the flourless chocolate cake with sour cream sorbet. The chocolate cake was rich, soft and absolutely moist. It was fantastic. The sour cream sorbet was not overly sour, it was tasty and refreshing and a great compliment to the chocolate cake.

Last but not least – petit fours which were coconut marshmallow, apricot shortbread and almond financier. I love the apricot shortbread, but then again I love everything shortbread! Both the coconut marshmallow and almond financier were delightful.

When I first heard of the 3 course dessert, I thought it would be an over kill! But it was just perfect! The amuse bouche was light and a great opening to what was to come. The flourless chocolate cake was divine and the petit fours were ‘petit’ and a great way to end.

J,F,R and I truly enjoyed it. It’s definitely a great little find (thanks J for introducing). Amanda was telling us about some of the other desserts and I stopped listening after she said stick date pudding as it is a favourite of mine! Their best seller is the chocolate cube (I have seen pictures of this, and it looks amazing!) – which is a thin crispy coating of chocolate in a shape of a box filled with malted chocolate mousse… hmhmhm yum! Will definitely have to try this next time.

I was telling Amanda that she should definitely come to Sydney and open a dessert bar. I believe, this would be quite popular in Sydney. I for one would definitely be there (again not good for the waist!). Amanda did say that she was going to start with high tea during the day! Hopefully she will be able to make that ‘perfect’ scone that I have long searched for in Hong Kong. Can’t wait to go back to try some more delightful sweetness.

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Riquiqui Dessert Bar

2F, 12 Wellington Street

Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2868 3302

Dinner with friends @ Nha Trang Vietnamese Restaurant

I was meeting some friends for dinner one evening, we wanted something relatively ‘light’ as we were going to try this new dessert bar (which will be reviewed shortly!). J suggested we go here, and it is not the first time any of the diners have been here. This is probably my third time and have enjoyed each visit.

We thought we would order a couple of dishes and share between the 4 of us. Everyone picked a dish and I picked my favourite and what I always order when I come here – the pomelo salad with prawn skewers. I love this dish and I believe they make it well! I am not sure how ‘authentic’ this dish is but it’s absolutely delicious! Fresh pomelo (and LOTS of it), cucumbers, fried onions and cashew nuts. It’s absolutely light and refreshing. The prawns are skinless making it easier to eat.

We ordered beef pho and I have to admit, it’s not too bad at all. The beef was tender and soup flavourful with lots of mint. The mint leaves definitely gave it a nice aroma and flavour. I am no pho expert, so will have to take Hubby here and see if he thinks it’s the ‘best’ pho.

The braised pork belly in coconut juice was fantastic – but then again, I am a sucker for pork, especially braised pork belly! This is a winter, comfort food! The pork belly was tender and succulent; the soup which consisted of coconut juice was sweet and full of flavour. It was delightful and one I truly enjoyed.

Grilled pork with cold vermicelli – I am not a huge fan of cold noodles so didn’t really enjoy this dish. There’s something about cold vermicelli that I don’t like, I can’t put my finger on it. The grilled pork was succulent, and that’s probably the only thing that I like. The other diners seemed to have enjoyed it though.

We also ordered a serve of the non greasy prawn toasts – I forgot to take a photo of this – and it was indeed NON greasy! It was toasted and delicious. F didn’t like though, she thought it was a little bland. Both R and I definitely enjoyed it. We dipped the prawn toast in the coconut juice and it was delish!

I was pleasantly surprised with the other dishes. I absolutely loved the braised pork belly in coconut juice, and also enjoyed the beef pho. We were full but not completely stuffed! We were leaving room for our next stop – DESSERT!

GA’s rating: 7 / 10

Nha Trang Vietnamese Restaurant

G/F, 88-90 Wellington Street,

Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2581 9992