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Fish and Meat, Central, Hong Kong

I have heard wonderful reviews about Fish and Meat, the latest venture from Maximal Concepts who are also behind Blue Butcher and Brickhouse. From memory, it is where Sal Curioso used to be. The restaurant is very cozy and welcoming; I love the polished concrete floors, white-washed walls and rustic wood tables.

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Fish and Meat focuses ‘on the best produce and techniques, to deliver fresh seafood, homemade pasta and farm-to-table cooking’. We were here for lunch and the lunch menu consisted of small and large dishes as well as sides and sweets.

We started with some crispy whitebait with lemon aioli. The whitebait was deliciously crispy and the lemon aioli was a wonderful addition. It was so hard to stop at one.

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I couldn’t go past the slow cooked Spanish Teruel pork belly porchetta ciabatta / pork fennel sausage stuffing / gremolata. Oh my, one of the nicest sandwich I have had in a long time – the pork belly were incredibly tender, the rocket and the gremolata was a wonderful complement – the lemon zest gave it a nice kick!

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The saffron risotto / crispy sea bream / scallop / squid / prawn were deliciously creamy! I loved the colour of the saffron risotto – so vibrant!

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The free range warm French chicken salad / pancetta / arugula / cherry tomato / cherry tomato / basil were deliciously light and refreshing. Dragon absolutely loved the chicken and not to mention the croutons!

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The cedar prime sirloin steak was cooked to perfection. It was served with celery truffle salad and roasted tomatoes.

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We were quite stuffed so didn’t order any desserts, however, I am definitely keen to come back for the dinner menu. I have heard wonderful things about the slow cooked Spanish Teruel pork belly porchetta that I really need to get some in my belly!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Fish and Meat

2/F, 32 Wyndham Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2565 6788

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Aberdeen Street, Soho, Hong Kong

Aberdeen Street is located in Soho, just below Caine Road and the restaurant is a unique combination of bar and restaurant. It has quite a relaxing atmosphere and I love the outdoor terrace area as it is absolutely relaxing and perfect for a hot summer day with a glass of wine or beer. The menu is vast and a good one at that, it took us a while to decide what we wanted.

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Whilst deciding what we all want to eat, we started with the vegetarian croquette (HKD 58) – rice bowl with carrots and mushrooms for the kids. Crispy exterior, the vegetarian croquettes were delicious and even Dragon managed to eat two on her own.

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The garlic shrimp (HKD58) were panfried with garlic and white wine and were plump and juicy

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We also had the veggie touch (HKD248) to share – vegetarian samosa, spring roll, mini veggie burger, vegetarian croquette, garden bouquet, beetroot and pumpkin frites. The cheese spring rolls were indeed cheesy and not too oily. I didn’t have any of the veggie burger but was told that it was delicious. The beetroot and pumpkin frites were not what I expected though, I was hoping for thin slices of pumpkin fried, but it was slightly over battered making it a little too chewy.

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I opt for ‘just a disaster’ (HKD 148) – omelet with ham, cheese, mushroom, provencal tomatoes, sausage, sautéed potatoes and salad. The sausage Dragon demolished, so I assume it was good! ha! The omelet was light and fluffy.

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the tenderloin (HKD228) which was served with sautéed vegetables and sautéed potatoes. The beef was cooked to perfection and it was incredibly tender and absolutely delicious. I definitely had food envy!

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J had the pan-fried salmon, sautéed vegetables, basmati rice and caper, saffron and cream sauce (HKD178). I didn’t have any of this but she did say it was good and the salmon wasn’t over cooked.

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The salad menu is extensive and everything sounded wonderful. S had the staunton street (HKD158) salad – avocado, asparagus, prawns, egg sunny side up, mushroom, soya and basmati rice. It looked divine and S did say it was excellent. Everything was fresh and he demolished everything!

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Service was friendly and polite, definitely would be keen to come back to eat the salad – wonder if they do take away as it would be great to have it for lunch!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Aberdeen Street 

UG/F., King Ho Building,

41-49 Aberdeen Street, 

Soho, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2546 5833

Little Bao, Central, Hong Kong

I have wanted to go to Little Bao ever since I saw the famous fried bun sandwiched between green tea ice cream dripping with condensed milk on my instagram feed – my goodness! What’s not to like?!?!?

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Located on Staunton Street, this place is TINY!! You can’t miss it, there will be a long queue outside and a cute ginormous neon face. We rocked up at about 6.45pm and was told there was a 30 mins wait. You could probably fit about 20 people in the restaurant, all bar stools (thank goodness I didn’t bring Dragon with me!) and the menu consists of small plates that are for sharing, along with seasonal specials and four types of boas – pork belly, chicken, fish tempura, and a vegetarian mushroom-centric option.

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The gorgeous S was in town and I suggested this place and we both perused the menu and knew exactly what we wanted! We started with Mac and Cheese (HKD108). Oh my… the aroma of this dish, it was divine and we both couldn’t wait to dig in. What’s different about this mac and cheese is that May uses cheung fan (rice rolls) instead of macaroni and it was generously covered with a layer of mentaiko cheese sauce! we couldn’t stop eating this dish!

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Next came the orange chicken (HKD98) which if fried chicken coated in salty egg yolk, honey glazed with orange zest. OH my… possibly my new favourite kind of fried chicken!

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We could’t go past the signature pork belly bao (HKD78) – the pork belly was melt-in-your-mouth tender, I loved the red onion salad and the bun was one of the softest bun I have had in a long time.

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May, the owner thought that this was probably enough for us, unfortunately our eyes were bigger than our stomach so we ordered the special bao which was orange chicken with slaw, cucumber and sauce was good but not as good as the pork belly one. By this stage we were both TOO full.

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However, we couldn’t go past the Little Bao Ice cream sandwich (HKD48) – which is essentially green tea ice cream sandwiched between two deep fried boas and my goodness – pure brilliant! It was incredible and if I wasn’t too full, I am pretty sure I could have eaten one on my own! It was SO GOOD!

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Service was quite quick and having May explain to you the menu was good. I really did enjoy my meal but I am not sure if I would wait 90 mins though. At about 7.30pm, I overheard that the wait could be up to 90 mins! That’s a long time. Thankfully you can leave your number and they will call you once the table is available.

It was so lovely catching up with S, I have indeed missed you!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10 (for the food not for the wait!)

Little Bao

G/F 66 Staunton Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2194 0202

Brasserie Kämp, Helsinki

Traveling is all about sightseeing, shopping, food and experiences. For me, most importantly would be the food! If the food was terrible, I think it would make the whole experience less enjoyable. Ok there has been some trips where I have done absolutely no research on food but I have managed to find little restaurant gems or markets that serve awesome snacks! Regardless, ‘The Mother’ knows that it has to some how revolve around food! Brasserie Kamp can be found on the main shopping drag of Helsinki. It is part of the Hotel Kamp and it has been open and serving breakfast, lunch, dinner for 100 years. The restaurant was a little more fancier than I thought but then again I wasn’t sure what to expect.

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Uncle pointed out on instagram that someone had gone here to have a burger. Judging from the picture, the burger looked sensational so I had to go and try it. We started with some bread, oddly Dragon loved rye and would not stop eating it.

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The lunch menu was vast but I couldn’t go past the Kamp burger – 140g grilled fillet of beef, chipotle and bacon dressing, tomato, caramelised onions, cheddar, lettuce served with a side of french fries! At 33 Euros it wasn’t a cheap burger so I had HIGH expectations! It did not disappoint, the beef patty was tender, the bun soft and it had the right amount of salad and sauces!  And the chips were a wonderful addition.

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‘The Mother’ encouraged me to try the sautéed reindeer meat with potato puree, lingonberries and fried onions with juniper berries. Now I had no idea what to expect. ‘The Mother’ had eaten reindeer prior to meeting me and said that it was tasty! I kind of felt sorry for poor little rudolf! The reindeer meat were a little gamey for my liking – it was tender but I didn’t like the after taste, even eaten with the ligonberries. The potato puree however, LOVED! Creamy and sinful!

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There’s also a kids menu which is awesome. Dragon had some pasta and chicken which she loved. Service was friendly and food came out relatively quickly. ‘The Mother’ wanted to come back again for the burger but I managed to persuade him to try other restaurants!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Brasserie Kämp

Pohjoisesplanadi 29, 00100 Helsinki

Ph: +358 (0) 9 5840 9530   between 08:00–18:00

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

St Betty, Central, Hong Kong

I have heard wonderful things about St Betty – the dinner, the brunch and even the afternoon tea. St Betty can be found in IFC, the restaurant has a wonderful view of the harbour and the ambiance is very relaxed. The chef behind St Betty is Shane Osborne, who has been in the industry for 20 years, grew up in Australia and moved to the UK when he was 22 years old where he spent most of his time before moving to Hong Kong.

The menu at St Betty has an Asian influence and everything on the menu sounded absolutely wonderful. We started with complimentary fresh bread and creamy butter, it was served warm and although the exterior is a little too crunchy for my liking, the inside was soft and fluffy.

‘The Mother’ and I were on our date night and thought we would share an entrée, olive oil poached petuna sea trout, pickled chayote, quinoa and mustard dressing (HKD188). It was such a pretty dish. The petuna sea trout was cooked beautifully, the quail egg I absolutely loved and the mustard dressing was a nice touch.

For mains, I couldn’t go past the honey and soy-glazed short rib of beef, green mango, onion and lime (HKD318). It wasn’t what I expected, as I was hoping to see a large bone attached to my beef. Instead a relatively decent slab of beef, which was tender and cooked medium rare, just the way I like it. The green mango was an excellent a complement.

‘The Mother’ opt for Australian freshwater yabbies with crisp pork belly, sweet garlic puree, pine nuts and balsamic (HKD288). This was another wonderful dish, the yabbies, the tender crispy pork belly – it was absolutely delightful.

For dessert, we shared the passion fruit soufflé, butterscotch ice cream and caramel sauce (HKD108) – it had me at butterscotch ice cream. The soufflé was light, airy and fluffy. I absolutely LOVED the butterscotch ice cream, however, was a little disappointed that there weren’t more of it!

I have to say that that my meal at St Betty was absolutely delicious. The service was nice and not over the top and the quality of produce was excellent. I really enjoyed all our meals, it’s not very often that I like 3 out of 3 meals. I am looking forward to going back on Sunday for the Sunday roast! Judging from the pictures I have seen online, we are in for a treat!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

St Betty

Shop 2075, Podium Level Two

International Finance Centre Mall

1 Harbour View Street

Central Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2979 2100

Best duck rice, Wai Kee, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

September 10, 2012 2 comments

I really do like this cooked food centre which has many foods stalls on Bowrington Road, Wan Chai. I have been here a few times now, mainly to eat their seafood, it’s fresh, cheap and absolutely delicious. I was catching up with an old school friend, M, for lunch and she suggested we get duck rice – she claims it is the best duck rice in Hong Kong.

Don’t expect much though in terms of décor or service. It is very ghetto – lots of plastic chairs, wooden tables, plastic cups and communal jug of tea, chopsticks, and plastic spoon. Service minimal but food – INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS! Especially if you like duck!

 

We were here for one thing, the duck rice and a large serving at that. It was warm and fresh, skin incredibly crispy and duck meat melt-in-your mouth tender. The marinate is wonderful, and not too salty and the duck… I can’t begin to tell you how fantastic it is! The aroma, the taste, the flavour…. simply delicious!

We also got a plate of radish (wasn’t photo worthy!) which was nice and soft. I hear they have slow cooked pomelo-peels which is a popular dish and often sold out during the weekend. The lamb curry is supposed to be good too, but we were too full to order both. There will definitely be a next time.

Definitely worth coming for, it does get busy but rest assured turnover is quite quick. They are not open for dinner as I was told, so it is only a lunch time thing! I can’t remember how much each plate cost, but we ordered 3 plates and with radish and it was less than HKD100 (less than $13) – BARGAIN!

If only this place was closer to work – wouldn’t mind duck rice tomorrow for lunch

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Wai Kee

Shop 5, 1/F Bowrington Road Market

21 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2574 1131