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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

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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

Lunch at Gold Harlan, LKF

I have heard wonderful things about Gold Harlan which is situated inside the Lan Kwai Fong hotel. I was meeting a friend for lunch and was really looking forward to the meal.

Harlan Goldstein requires no introduction, any food lover in Hong Kong would recognize his name. He has been associated with many restaurants in Hong Kong and his new-ish baby is Gold.

Lunch was a set course – three courses which consists of a salad buffet, main and dessert for HKD 220.

We were presented with a bread basket – focaccia, baguette and bread sticks. Not warm unfortunately, but they were fresh and still wonderful.

Ir and I weren’t super hungry so we didn’t have any of the salad buffet. I was looking at other diners and it did look pretty good. I thought it was only salad, but they also had smoked salmon, cold meats and cold seafood. I probably should have at least had a plate of it.

For mains, Ir had the Singapore style seafood laksa, clams, prawns and squid. It looked wonderful and it was. It wasn’t as authentic as that from Singapore or Malaysia but close enough – the flavours and the spiciness, it was ‘pretty good’. The seafood were fresh and delightful.

I opted for the Parma ham and taleggio wrapped organic chicken breast, soft polenta and salsa romesco. I thought the serving was a tad small. Tiny and thin chicken breast wrapped with ham. It was tender, the ham really gave it that extra saltiness and flavour. The polenta and salsa romesco were fantastic. My only gripe would be the size of the chicken breast.

For dessert, we both opted for a scoop of ice cream with fruits. Ir had the rum raisins and I had the nutella flavoured and it was one scoop of hazelnut and chocolate goodness! It was served with a couple slices of fruits which suited us just fine.

The restaurant got extremely busy at about one. We both arrived at noon and ordered straight away, however, it took a good hour for our mains to come! Ir had to inhale her food as she had to go back to work which was not good. We did ask the status of our meal several times, I think an hour to wait for our mains is a little excessive!

The waiters and waitresses were tentative, my only gripe would be the slowness in which the food came out! We had to ask them to bring out the dessert before Ir finished her main as we weren’t sure how long it would take!

Overall I thought it was OK. Ir seemed to have enjoyed her laksa when it finally arrived! I don’t think I will be coming back anytime soon though. I know a good friend of mine dined here and was appalled that they had spelling mistakes on their menu!

It was great catching up with Ir, hopefully I will see you soon.

Not sure if dinner is any better, I didn’t get a chance to check it out but if you have, let me know. Did you have to wait over an hour for your food?

GA’s rating: 6.5 / 10

Gold by Harlan Goldstein,

2/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street,

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2869-9986

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

A date with Hubby @ Hakka Ye Ye

We have had a lot of visitors lately, friends, cousins, Hubby’s parents and then my parents that we – just Hubby and I – have not had any ‘quality’ time together. We have had a busy month hosting and Hubby has had a stressful week at work, so when we finally had a night off, Hubby suggested we go on a ‘date’. By ‘date’ he means dinner of my choice!

I have read about Hakka Ye Ye and have wanted to try it. Being ‘hakka’ I was certainly keen to try whether or not their cooking was as good as my grandmothers! Problem with going to a Chinese restaurant with two people is that your choices are quite limited to 2 – 3 dishes! Considering Hubby is NOT a big eater, 3 main dishes would be our limit! Nevertheless, I was seriously keen to try this place!

This restaurant is very cosy, and the décor – simple. The menu – extensive but how traditional was the ‘hakka’ food? We’ll find out soon enough….

We ordered the braised pork belly with preserved vegetables and this was absolutely fantastic! The pork was tender that it just melted in your mouth. It wasn’t too fatty which was good – as fatty pork can be a little sickening at times. It was full of flavour and absolutely divine!

Next the Emperor Chicken, which was steamed chicken topped with ginger and shallots. This was a simple yet delicious dish. The chicken was tender and the ginger and shallots a great compliment.

We ordered a bowl of rice – mix of brown and white rice – I didn’t have any but Hubby said that it was nice and ‘healthy’ – does he even know what healthy is?

Next came the fried prawns with onions. The prawns were full of flavour! I, of course, didn’t eat the skin and peeled if off. Hubby on the other hand could not be bothered and ate it all – GROSS! He said that the skin was TASTY… a little hard and crunchy isn’t it? My only gripe about the prawns were there were only 2 per serve – so one each?!?!?

Nevertheless, 3 main courses were all we could eat. We had to take the emperor chicken home as it was way too much. It was dinner for Hubby for the next day!

How authentic was it? I would say it was quite authentic! Especially the braised pork belly – an all time favourite dish of mine! The service was fantastic and price quite reasonable. Hubby and I had a fantastic ‘date’ discussing about life and our next holiday!!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Hakka Ye Ye

2/F Parekh House

63 Wyndham Street

Lan Kwai Fong, Central