My goodness, it certainly has been a long time since my last post, almost a month!!! Things has definitely been busy in the GA household. We just got back from an 8 day trip to Danang, Vietnam, now if you haven’t been, it is an excellent place to relax, unwind, and spend time with the family – more to come!
Now Bread Street Kitchen part of the Dining Concepts group, is the not so new restaurant by Gordan Ramsay. It’s been opened for a while now, and I was fortunate enough to go one day for lunch – reservations has been hard as it is always fully booked! They have managed to replicate the original London decor almost exactly to Hong Kong – a blend of vintage and modern feel and offers diners an upmarket British gastropub fare.
Everything on the menu sounded wonderful, I wanted to try everything but it was the burger that definitely caught my eye. We started with some warm bread, fresh out of the oven – yum!
Now the burger – Bread Street Kitchen short rib burger, monterey jack cheese, spicy sriracha mayo (HKD188) – oh my my! Served with wedges, I knew I was going to hit food coma and a very very slow afternoon at work! Even before I began to attack the burger, sauce was already dripping – I knew this was going to be a messy one and indeed it was. It was fantastic though, the pattie was soft and cooked the way I like it, the bread was soft and slightly toasted, and the spicy sriracha mayo was a wonderful compliment! It was absolutely delicious that I devoured all of it without asking my dining companion if she wanted some!
My friend, R, opt for Dingley Dell pork chop (10z) (HKD228) and it was indeed a generous serving. It came with a few garnishes and sauce of your choice – peppercorn, red wine marrow or béarnaise sauce.. hmhmmhhm red wine marrow! The pork was incredibly tender that it just melted in your mouth. You can’t get pork chop wrong but this was impressive and R demolished it!
Unfortunately, we were pressed for time, the service wasn’t slow, it was actually quite good (staff were friendly) but we were both running late to lunch, and I had to attend a meeting (which I almost fell asleep!) so didn’t have time for desserts, which is a shame. All the desserts sounded great, and I look forward to going back again. There’s definitely a next time!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
Bread Street Kitchen
Mezzanine Level, LKF Hotel,
33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2230 1800
It’s definitely been a while since I ate at the pub. Prior to having Dragon, ‘The Mother’ and I would eat at the pub at least once a week for trivia, and catching up with friends. To be honest, I have missed that pub grub – the chicken schnitzel, the $10 steak, and the pies. ‘The Mother’ and I thought we would go to Stanley for lunch and have pub grub.
There are a number of pubs to choose from in Stanley – it’s not a place i go often but I don’t mind the markets and I have found an uber cool store that sells children toys and furniture at Stanley Plaza!
Pickled Pelican can be found on the main strip facing the water. ‘The Mother’ has been here a couple of times and suggested we go here. The place was packed when we rocked up, but we found a seat inside but close enough to the door for some fresh air.
The menu consisted everything you could think off for pub grub – burgers, schnitzel, ribs, chicken wings, you name it, they had it! I couldn’t go past the chicken schnitzel with fries, lemon and cucumber salad. The problem with getting chicken schnitzel at pubs is that the chicken tends to be dry and over coated but this was perfect. Even Dragon couldn’t resist eating some and the lemon and cucumber salad was a wonderful complement.
‘The Mother’ ordered the herbed beef tenderloin skewer with potatoes, and greek salad. The beef was surprisingly tender and who can say no to greek salad.
It was a casual lunch and the place was perfect for kids, they even had kids plastic cutlery which was a bonus. After lunch, we walked around the plaza and got Dragon a sofa bed which she utterly loves. Who wouldn’t? i wouldn’t mind one either!
It was a gorgeous sunny day, bit on the humid side, but nothing an ice cream or cold drink couldn’t fix. Think we will be back to Stanley to check out the other pubs.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
1/F, 90 Stanley Main Street,
Stanley, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2108 4467
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Service was friendly, I wouldn’t mind trying their lunch menu, 3 course meal for HKD 158.
GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10
1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building,
38-44 D’aguilar Street
Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2522 1823
‘The Mother’ really likes this place – well he likes the beer that’s on offer at The Globe. It is a pretty cool place for lunch on weekdays as well as weekends. They have some pretty tasty pies on offer which ‘The Mother’ really enjoyed.
Situated on Hollywood, the restaurant itself is quite big, it’s very down-to-earth and offers diners warm ‘British’ comfort food. I have been here a couple of times now, mainly for lunch. Came with my colleague and he had the set menu – two courses for HKD135.
He started with the vegetable samosa with mint chutney.
For mains, poached salmon, wasabi mash, prawns, spinach and cream. The salmon was beautifully cooked. The wasabi mash was delicious – a hint of wasabi and the prawns a wonderful complement.
I have heard a lot about their fish fingers with honey mustard dip (HKD 70) and they certainly did not disappoint. Crispy skin, the fish fingers were moist and tender and I loved the honey mustard dip!
I couldn’t go past the Greek halloumi, quinoa, tabulleh, stuffed aubergine, tzatziki, pomegranate vinaigrette (HKD 90). The halloumi was lightly coated and then deep fried – I love halloumi cheese and the fact that it was fried… oh my! YUM! The tzatziki and pomegranate vinaigrette was a wonderful complement.
I came back here during the Christmas break with some friends. I had the Caesar Salad which was fresh and tasty. They didn’t have any chicken left (not sure why!) so asked if I could have it with some pork sausages – surprisingly it went well!
‘The Mother’ had the pie which he thoroughly enjoyed. I think he’s glad that he can get ‘decent’ pies here in Hong Kong.
I’d suggest you make a reservation. Sometimes it is seriously busy at lunch times! Service efficient and friendly and it is kids friendly also!
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
Shop A, G/F, Graham Street,
Soho, Hong Konh
Ph: +852 2543 1941