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Celebrity Cuisine, Central, Hong Kong

February 17, 2014 1 comment

Celebrity Cuisine can be found inside Lan Kwai Fong Hotel which is on Kau U Fong Street – not to be confused with the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel in LKF. Celebrity Cuisine has been awarded two Michelin starts and it is a rather cosy restaurant with only 40 seats. It offers diners ‘luxury Cantonese dining with the freshest A-list ingredients, handpicked by Chief Chef – Chef Cheng on a daily basis’.

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We were here for a Chinese New Year celebration lunch and I have to say, it did not disappoint. Everything we had were exceptionally good, especially the braised pork belly with preserved vegetables.

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We started with these tiny spring rolls – not too oily and a great start.

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I have always enjoyed eating pigeon, even though like crabs, its too much effort for a little bit of meat! However,  the pigeon was very good, the skin was exceptionally crispy and the meat tender, probably one of the nicest I have had.

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The braised ox tongue was incredibly tender that it just melted in your mouth.

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The braised pork belly with preserved vegetables was phenomenal. Melt in your mouth tender, makes you want more and more.

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Beans with pork which was also excellent – it can be too oily sometimes and this was just perfect.

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I am loving the custard / egg yolk bun and the one at Celebrity Cuisine is fantastic. Fluffy bun and the custard are sweet enough yet not sickening. It really is one of my favourite dim sum dishes. Not great for my hips or my stomach but it was fantastic.

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so good that we had two servings of this!!!

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To end the meal, complimentary taro soup which was quite decent.

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High-end Cantonese food can be quite expensive, especially if you eat abalone and seafood but this meal was surprisingly decent in price (about 250HKD per person). We didn’t order any seafood but what we ordered was excellent, I am still dreaming about that pork belly and custard bun.

Food was fresh and excellent, and service was good also.

GA’s ratings: 8 /10

Celebrity Cuisine

Lan Kwai Fong Hotel

3 Kau U Fong Street

Central / Sheung Wan

Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3650 0066

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Nosh Tai Ping Shan, Sheung Wan, Hong Kon

I may have found a cafe that I really like in Hong Kong! Nosh Tai Ping Shan can be found on Upper Station Street just a block away from Upper Modern Bistro which is an up-and-coming area of Sheung Wan filling up with arts galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and cool little shops.

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The place was busy when we rocked up on a Sunday – there were a few people already waiting in line. Thankfully after about a 15 mins wait we were seated by the window, higher seat but it didn’t bother ‘The Mother’, or myself. There was direct sun light which was nice – how I have missed sitting in the sun drinking coffee and eating my breakfast! I really like the menu here… on weekends, there have all day breakfast which i love! On weekdays there are separate breakfast and lunch menus. The lunch  menu changes frequently, and they have salad, sandwich and soup on offer as well.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the Nosh Brunch (HKD140) – two poached eggs on sourdough, german sausages with spicy harissa, yogurt, roasted vine tomatoes, nosh potatoes and grilled portabello. Everything on the plate was fantastic, the bread were on a tiny side, but the potatoes definitely filled him up. I especially loved the portabello mushrooms.

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I opt for fried eggs on toast with crispy prosciutto, avocado puree and mixed green salad (HKD90). You can’t see the avocado puree as it was spread on the tiny bread which is hidden underneath the HUGE fried eggs. This was also very tasty.

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I have to say, I was rather impressed, I have only been once but I have to say that I am extremely excited to go back and try their other dishes. I noticed someone having the smoked salmon and lemon mascarpone on sourdough and it looked relish! Service was ok – there’s definitely room for improvement. There were a lot of confusion between the waitresses but food definitely worth going back for!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Nosh Tai Ping Shan

G/F, 11 Upper Sation Street

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2559 8508

Upper Modern Bistro, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

There’s been a lot of talk about Upper Modern Bistro and trying to make a reservation at this restaurant has been painful! It’s always fully booked which i guess is a good sign. I have missed my eating partner in crime, thesuzchef, so when she was in Hong Kong, I made sure I utilised her time and ‘dragged’ her to all the new restaurants in Hong Kong that I have been dying to try! I made reservations for lunch on a weekday and was extremely grateful that they had a table for us!  Philippe Orrico is the chef behind Upper Modern Bistro – he’s worked in restaurants such as Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong as well as St George at Hullett House in Hong Kong. Food I have to say was great and service was efficient.

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For lunch, diners had the option of a set lunch or a la carte. Both S and I opt for the set lunch – soup or salad with main and dessert. We started with some foccaccia which Dragon demolished – she was extremely hungry and this girl does not wait for food!

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S opt for the salad which I have to say was a little disappointing – we weren’t expecting something fancy but this was quite dull to say the least.

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I opt for the daily soup which was pumpkin soup – poured on the table.

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The pumpkin soup was a little watery for my liking – I really like my soup a little thicker. The flavours were right, just it lacked a little thickness.

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For mains, S opt for the mushroom tagliatelle, 63 degrees eggs, parmesan cheese sauce. It looked absolutely fantastic – perfect egg, and mixed together with pasta and parmesan cheese, it was excellent. At first, S thought it was a tiny serving but it was definitely filling.

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I was originally going to go for the steak but milk fed veal head caught my attention. Cooked with white beans, mustard and truffle – I couldn’t say no. The veal head was incredible tender, the collagen and fatty bits were divine. It was very comforting and perfect for winter. The white beans were a wonderful addition. Even Dragon had a few mouthfuls of the veal head.

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The lychee sorbet was refreshing light and the perfect way to end the meal. Mind you – I didn’t have much of it as Dragon took over and ate all of it by herself!

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We were tempted to order another dessert, the upper chocolate from memory, however, it contained nuts and the revised version sans nuts weren’t that exciting so we decided not too. I am definitely keen to come back for dinner, the a la carte menu sounds exciting and the desserts sounds great also.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Upper Modern Bistro

6-14 Upper Station Street

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2517 0977

Shelter Lounge, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

I am so glad I was introduced to this place, Shelter Lounge, which is in Sheung Wan. We have been a couple of times now and every time it has been fantastic! From memory they are open for dinner, but both times we have only been for brunch – I can never say NO to all day breakfast and I am still on the hunt for a good cafe in Hong Kong. The menu is vast, they have all day breakfast, and if you want something else, they also have salads for the lighter lunch or burgers or pastas from memory. They also have a good selection of desserts which is hard to resist.

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The big breakfast which consists of eggs (of your choice), mushroom, bacon, sausages, baked beans, tomatoes and has brown was pretty popular. I noticed every second table someone ordered the big breakfast. My only gripe is that the bacon was a little over cooked – it was like crisp, otherwise it was pretty good.

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‘The Mother’ opt for the chicken burger with brie. I was quite surprised he didn’t choose a beef burger. The burger was quite tasty, and the bun extremely soft. I loved the gooey brie.

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The caesar salad with chicken is also quite generous. Fresh lettuce, and soft tender thick chunks of chicken. The sauce was not powering which was nice.

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Shelter Lounge has a wide range of drinks. I absolutely loved the indian – avocado, banana, mango, fresh milk and yogurt, even Dragon couldn’t help herself! It was refreshing, a tad on the heavy side but it was good!

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We also got some fruit juices, from memory on the right is brazilian which consists of banana, papaya, honey and yogurt. ‘The Mother’ asked if he could opt the papaya for mango which they did. On the right, is the french which consists of orange, strawberry, honey and yogurt. Both were delicious.

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We ordered a tiramisu also which was delicious!

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Will definitely be back to try their other dishes and dinner. I may have found a favourite brunch spot in Hong Kong!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Shelter Lounge

shop a, g/f & 1/f – universal building

5-13 new street, sheung wan, hksar

Ph: +852 2517 6211

Siu Lam Kung, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Siu Lam Kung can be found in Sheung Wan. I am on the hunt for the best suckling pig on Hong Kong island. I know there are a few places on Kowloon side but have not ventured that way yet. We were here for a family gathering, the menu is pretty extensive and had every single dish you can think off! However, we were here for one thing, the suckling pig and the penguin chicken. The two dishes we had to order in advance.

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We started with the peppered pork belly soup – this was surprisingly tasty, full of flavours and not to mention the yummy pork belly, as well as chicken feet. I know chicken feet are not everyone’s cup of tea but it was soft and tender. It had a really nice spicy kick to it.

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The dish of the evening was the suckling pig, we only got half serve as we could never finish one! It was still a relatively large serving and the pig was absolutely delicious! Thin, crispy and crunchy skin, and the pork was deliciously tender that I couldn’t stop eating it and in hindsight should have ordered a whole pig!

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The penguin chicken is not something I have seen before. Apparently they roast the chicken vertically like roast ducks and it is one of the more popular dish at the restaurant. The skin was crispy and the meat juicy and tender.

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We also ordered the peppered beef which was excellent. The beef again was melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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The braised tofu, mushroom and vegetables were also good.

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Overall I thought all the dishes were good, I really enjoyed the suckling pig! It’s definitely time to eat another suckling pig, where is your favourite suckling pig place?

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Siu Lam Kung

1/F, Alliance Building,

133 Connaught Road Central,

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2511 5566

208 Duecento Otto, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

I have wanted to come to 208 Duecento Otto (“208”) for a while now. I had originally wanted to come here for my birthday, unfortunately they were closed or doing renovations so couldn’t go. We came here after Dragon’s swimming lesson, I was sick of eating around Kennedy Town and wanted to try something new and different.

208 can be found on the busy road of Hollywood Road in Sheung wan. The Restaurant has a very New-York feel to it – bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs. Yenn Wong is behind this fine establishment, she is also the founder of the Causeway Bay boutique hotel Jia and the restaurant, Drawing Room. I myself have not been to the hotel Jia but I have had many friends and co-workers stay there. I have heard the restaurant is not too shabby either.

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208 was relatively empty when we rocked up at 2pm-ish. The brunch menu looked good – lots of egg items on the menu as well as pasta and pizza. ‘The Mother’ wanted to share a pizza and pasta but I really had my eye on something else and didn’t want either of his suggestions! I couldn’t go past the Funky Monkey (HKD60) – seeded banana frappe. It was deliciously refreshing and not too milky – perfect for a hot day.

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‘The Mother’ wanted the pappardelle Wagyu Bolognese (HKD 198) with 24-month aged parmesan. The pasta was cooked al dente – it was a relatively small serving. The mother devoured this within seconds, even before I started my meal!

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I opt for steak and egg (HKD 198) – skirt steak, fried egg, vine roasted cherry tomates, patate peperonata and fett’unta. OH MY! The steak was thin but was cooked just the way I liked it. I was craving steak and this totally hit the spot. The cherry tomatoes and potatoes were a nice addition.

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We were both still hungry and thought we would get 3 choices of gelato (HKD 78) – coffee, chocolate and blackberry. I really enjoyed the blackberry and would happily have three scoops of it.

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Service was good but it was quite and it wasn’t a Friday or Saturday evening. Would definitely like to go back and try their pasta / pizza – it did look very good. No doubt we will be back, even if it’s for the steak and eggs!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

208 Duecento Otto

208 Hollywood Road

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2549 0208

Blue Butcher, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Blue Butcher has been around for a while now but it was only recently that I dined there. Blue Butcher can be found in the middle between the Press Room and Classifieds, and I love the dim lighting, and atmosphere. The design of the restaurant reminds me a little of New York restaurants and the food I have to say was fantastic.

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We started with the Spanish ham and egg / asparagus / mushroom / thyme (HKD 125) and oh my, this was outstanding. I couldn’t get enough of the ham and egg combination, the oozy egg, YUM!

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I insisted that we ordered the bone marrow / toast / caper berries / parsley / salt flakes (HKD 125). We ordered two servings of this, as there were a few of us and one was simply not enough. The bone marrow was deliciously rich, and served with coarse salt flakes was equally outstanding, probably better than the Spanish ham. I would be happy eating this day in and day out.

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We thought we would share a couple of dishes, started with the rare breed US kurobuta pig belly and cheek / lentils / granny smith apple slaw (HKD 250). The pig belly was melt in your mouth tender, and the granny smith apple slaw was a wonderful complement. It was truly hard not to eat more than one mouthful!

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The Dutch veal cheeks and sweetbreads / truffled orzo / herd salad (HKD 460) was surprisingly tasty. My least favourite of the evening though, but still better than I had anticipated.

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My favourite was definitely the Australian mann river farm wagyu bone in rib eye 32oz / crisp Yukon gold wedges (HKD 1480) – OMG is all I can say. Seriously tender, seriously delicious and seriously scrumptious! It was cooked to absolute perfection – medium rare and just the way we all liked it!

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The potato gratin was deliciously creamy and sinful.

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Not to mention the crispy thin fries.

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Unfortunately we were all stuffed to the brim and did not order any dessert. I think I ate the most beef! I couldn’t stop – it was seriously good and could be the fact that I was low in iron and craving beef!

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Service was good until one of the waiter’s spilt wax on my friend. I don’t think he was highly impressed, his suit ruined. They didn’t offer to pay for dry cleaning but they did give us drinks on the house which was nice of them.

I really would like to go back for that beef and bone marrow– getting hungry all over again!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Blue Butcher

108 Hollywood Road

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2613 9286