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1/5 Neuvo, WanChai

1/5 Neuvo on Star Street has been around for a while now. I have been here many times for drinks but never really to eat. It is opened by the Elite Concept Group who also owns ye Shanghai, Quemo, He Jiang and Nanhai no1. 1/5 Neuvo serves diners Spanish food and for lunch, we were offered lunch set menu which consists of entrée and a main.

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The restaurant was relatively busy for a Friday. We started with some bread – toasted. I do prefer to eat bread fresh, straight from the oven.

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V couldn’t go past the shrimp and grape fruit salad. I didn’t have any of this but V thought it was light and refreshing.

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The spinach soup was creamy but was a little bland.

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V had the grilled calamari with saffron. It looked good, and V did say it ‘wasn’t bad’ but thought the calamari was a little chewy.

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I couldn’t go past the grilled chicken with Cajun which was tender and pretty tasty I thought.

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We decided to share some tiramisu, it was light and fluffy and was the perfect size for the both of us.

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Service was friendly, however, food was a bit of a hit and miss. Company was good though which is the important thing.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

1/5 Neuvo

9 Start Street

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2529 2300

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Fook Lam Moon, Wanchai, Hong Kong

I am in search for the best whole suckling pig in Hong Kong. I went to Manor about two years ago for the suckling pig with some friends and absolutely loved it. I wanted to try somewhere different, so did a little of searching and Fook Lam Moon came up. I was told by several people that it is where ‘billionaires go to eat’ or ‘where you will meet Hong Kong stars’ – I was a little freaked out as I couldn’t find the menu online and wasn’t sure how much things costs! But I figured, what the hell, it was my birthday after all!

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I wanted pork – a whole suckling pig to be exact and that’s exactly what I got. The first Fook Lam Moon restaurant opened in 1972 in Wanchai. It now has branches in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tokyo Ginza, Osaka, Tokyo Marunochi and Nagoya, Shanghai Shangri-la Hotel and Futian Shenzhen Shangri-la Hotel and Beijing.

The main event, it came first – the whole suckling pig! What a sight!

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The delicious crispy skin, it just melted in my mouth, OH MY!

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Once all the skin is eaten, and mind you I think I ate about ¾ of it, the pig is then cut into little pieces for us to eat. The pork meat itself was incredibly tender, and juicy.

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The crispy chicken was just as delicious – again crispy skin, and tender meat.

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I am a sucker for tofu and would order it every time I am at a restaurant. The tofu was silky smooth and cooked with mushrooms and bok choy – pretty simple but delicious.

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Some vegetables for ‘The Mother’.

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It’s a tradition in our family that for birthdays one must order noodles (for long life etc etc) – so we ordered crispy noodles with beef. The noodles were crunchy and the beef was a wonderful complement. Sorry no pic as I forgot – was too busy eating the pig!

I was getting pretty full by this stage – in fact I was actually FULL! But couldn’t resist in getting some mango pudding. The mango pudding had fresh mangoes in them and was not sickly sweet.

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Service was definitely efficient and staffs were very observant. It was an epic birthday dinner, awesome food and incredible company! What more can I ask for? It wasn’t cheap, but it was definitely worth every cent! Thanks for spending the special day with me, even Dragon got me two slices of cake both without nuts! Xx

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Fook Lam Moon

Shop 3, G/F, Newman House, 35-45 Johnston Road

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2866 0663

Madam Sixty-Ate, Wanchai, Hong Kong

The last time I was in Hong Kong, which was about 2 years ago now, there were so much buzz and hype about Madam Sixty Ate. However, I didn’t get a chance to go and so has been on my-to-go list! The chefs behind Madam Sixty-ate are two Australian chefs – Chris Woodyard, ex culinary director of the W hotel and Andrew Braham, ex sous-chef to Tom Aiken in London.

Madam Sixty-Ate can be found on the podium level of J Residence, a pretty cool apartment I have been told in Wanchai. It has a lovely and spacious balcony for outdoor dining – perfect for a warm day. The menu has a mix of French and British and I love the open kitchen which gives diners a chance to look at the chefs in action.

I was catching up with a couple of friends on the weekend for brunch, I was craving eggs but couldn’t go past the corn and bacon (HKD95) – hot corn fritters and smoked back bacon with corn and quinoa ragout, believe it or not I asked for extra smoked back bacon! My goodness and it was a generous serving of bacon!

The corn fritters were small, the corn and quinoa ragout was good but nothing special I thought. The bacon was definitely the highlight for me.

SK had the croque madame (HKD105) – brioche with melted gruyere, pork belly and fried egg and she was highly disappointed! For one the croquet madame was pasty white! No colour no nothing, she said it was a little bland and really disappointing.

SC had the steak sandwich (HKD185) – wagyu steak, young tomatoes, mushrooms, crisp ‘ohh’ rings and onion chutney on Guiness bread. It looked fantastic and I had food envy but both SC and Mochachocolata Rita said that it sounds better than it tastes – they too were disappointed!

The pancakes – honeycomb, coffee cream and hot butterscotch sauce (HKD120) sounds divine – how can one say no to butterscotch sauce. The pancakes were thick and gigantic!

It looked more like a donut than pancake. Unfortunately, I don’t like my pancakes thick – it was too dense and a little sickly. I do prefer my pancakes on the thinner side. The honeycomb and butterscotch was good though – shame about the pancake itself.

Service was great, pity the food didn’t live up to its expectation. I was disappointed as it has been on my list for a while now. Maybe it was the brunch and dinner is a lot better? I have seen excellent photos of food for dinner.

GA’s ratings: 5 / 10

Madam Sixty-Ate

Shop 8, 1/F The Podium, J.Senses

60 Johnston Road

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2527 2558

Oolaa Petite Restaurant, Wanchai, Hong Kong

I’m really on the hunt for good / cool / funky breakfast places in Hong Kong. We were catching up with a few friends, M, S, Uncle’s brother D and his wife C. M suggested this place, she comes here quite often, enjoys the coffee and food is quite ‘decent’. We rocked up at about 11 and the place was buzzing, lots of people already. We were told that with a party of six, the wait could be up to 30 – 40 minutes. I am not usually a fan of waiting, but nothing on Star Street really appealed to us. Classified was busy and the place is TINY! Chez Patrick didn’t really have breakfast items – they had deli, sandwiches and quiches which I didn’t really want so we decided to wait. Thankfully 30 minutes went really quickly and we were seated immediately. The staff that ran the floor was very good and made sure we were informed when our tables were ready.

Oolaa is part of the castelo concepts group who has a few restaurants under its name such as Harrington’s, Jaspa’s, Wagyu, Zaks and many more. Oolaa Petite is the younger sister restaurant of Oolaa in Sheungwan.

The menu vast, I couldn’t decide if I wanted savoury or sweet, but I am usually a savoury person for breakfast. The eggs benedict with bacon and avocado sounded good, with a side of sausage of course! The eggs were cooked to perfection, and the bacon and avocado was a wonderful complement.

‘The Mother’ and M both had the breakfast bruschetta which similar to the eggs benedict but with tomato and onions. The bread was a little tough, making it difficult to eat, however, they both still really enjoyed it and the tomato and onions really gave it a nice touch – I may have to order this for next time.

D ordered the bagel – smoked salmon, tomatoes, and onions served with salad didn’t look too bad either. But I am a little sceptical about ordering bagel anywhere but in New York – they certainly do have the BEST bagel in the world!

S ordered the burrito – scrambled eggs, mushroom, bacon which was served with tomatoes and salad. It definitely did look good!

I can’t remember what C had, from memory it was either an omelette or scrambled eggs with something. Obviously I forgot to take a photo!

The coffee here is good, I had the berry smoothie which went down too nicely and too quickly.

Service good and food was definitely decent. Worth coming back, but try and come early to beat that brunch time service. I think I may have found a ‘good’ breakfast after all, Oolaa and The Newsroom are two of my favourites thus far. I’m sure there will be more to come!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Oolaa Petite Restaurant

Shop 12 , Regal Court,Star Street

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 25293823

Hot pot, hot pot and MORE HOT POT……

Hot pot, also commonly known as steamboat or shabu shabu, is usually consumed in the winter. A simmering metal pot of stock is placed at the center of the dining table, and whilst the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Because hot pot styles are different from region to region, many different ingredients are used. However, the main ingredients are thinly sliced of meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, dumplings and seafood.

I have never really eaten hot pot in summer, because of the heat, however, this summer in Hong Kong, I have been to three different hot pot places and have enjoyed every single one of them. The main difference in the three different hot pot places is the soup base and ambiance. The types of ingredients are pretty much the same, but pending on who you go with, they will order different things.

Little Sheep:

Little Sheep is a chain of Mongolian Hot Pot restaurants, whereby you choose the soup base: spicy, non-spicy or a bowl split down the middle with half spicy and half not. We opted for the half and half. We also opted for the all you can eat buffet, which included all you can drink (non alcoholic) and a few beers.

I was told that the soup uses meat broth and is loaded with different types of “Chinese medical restorative materials” which was full of flavour. The spicy soup, is similar to that of the non-spicy, the main difference are chilies and chili oil. It was incredibly spicy, so for those who do not have a reasonably high tolerance for chili, do not cook your food here. I would suggest you let it simmer in the non-spicy soup, and then ‘dunk’ it in the spicy soup to get that spicy flavour. The spicy soup was seriously spicy!

As you can see from below (and above), we ordered HEAPS of food! Different types of wontons, balls, beef, pork, lamb, vegetables, mushrooms, and tofu. I have to say, the beef and wontons were outstanding and were my favourite. The lamb was my least favourite, but that’s because I am not a lamb fan!

One thing I love about hot pot is the social aspect of it. A group of friends, sitting around this ‘pot’, chatting, whilst cooking and eating. It’s very enjoyable and satisfying.

Please note: your clothes tend to absorb the cooking smells so don’t get too dressed up.

Megan’s Kitchen:

The interesting thing about hot pot at Megan’s Kitchen is the soup and its presentation. We ordered two different types of soup. The first soup looked like an over sized cappuccino, frothy with chocolate sprinkles on top. The soup base was tom yum like, spicy and sour with chicken flavour.

The second soup was soufflé like but it was tomato and crab soup base with a soufflé finish. I thought the tomato and crab soup was a little bland for my liking. I preferred the first soup, which was closer to me!

Megan’s Kitchen is not all you can eat, however, we did manage to order a lot of food (no surprises here!), ranging from beef (the Japanese beef was SOOOO GOOD!), wontons, pork, lamb, different types of balls, vegetables and tofu.

I enjoyed the soup here at Megan’s Kitchen, the presentation was different to that I have seen. It was deliciously good.

Our friend, J, managed to get us a private room, I am not sure how she did it, but it was superb. It wasn’t noisy and we got to talk / laugh as loud as we wanted (not that we would tone it down if we were outside but it was more enjoyable).

Sichuan Hot Chili Oil Chinese Restaurant:

Again with this restaurant, we ordered the half and half. Half non-spicy and half spicy! The spicy soup reminded me a little bit like Little Sheep, incredible spicy and full of flavour. The non-spicy soup was a little bland I have to admit, I thought it would be rather sweet with all the apples and tomatoes floating around, alas, I was wrong.

We ordered a LOT of food also, however, my favourite dish, is their crispy chicken with lots and lots of chilies. The chicken was crispy and crunchy, albeit tiny but the mountain of red pepper was incredibly spicy and flavourful. The red pepper left a tingle on my tongue and made my mouth numb! To add to this delicious dish was cashew nuts, crispy, spicy and fried, it was amazing. The combination of it all was just mouth watering. My only gripe would be, there weren’t enough chicken!!!!!!

The bunsen burner in this restaurant was not embedded in the table (we were seated on the top floor, the tables below had the bunsen burner embedded in the table), which was a tad annoying as you had to stand up to reach for your food. A minor detail, but I found that it was just easier to reach and cook for food if the bunsen burner is embedded in the table.

Overall: I enjoyed little sheep best. Megan’s Kitchen and the Sichuan Hot Chili Oil Chinese Restaurant came close, although I was intrigued by Megan’s Kitchen soup finish i.e. the cappuccino and soufflé finish.

I loved the Japanese beef at Megan’s Kitchen, it was a little on the pricey side but it was definitely worth every single penny.

All the ingredients were fresh, and tasty. I believe it is all about the soup and the ambience of the restaurant.

It’s definitely a great way to eat with friends and family!

Little Sheep: GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10

1- 4/F, 16 Argyle Street

MongKok, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2396 8816

Megan’s Kitchen: GA’s Rating: 7 / 10

5/F, Lucky Centre, 164 – 171 Wanchai Road

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2866 8305

Sichuan Hot Chili Oil Chinese Restaurant: GA’s Rating: 7 / 10

1&2/F, No. 27 Gravanille Road

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2312 0823

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Birthday dinner at Wooloomooloo

It was one of Hubby’s colleague birthdays and her beloved Husband organized a birthday get together at Wooloomooloo. We started off at the roof top for some drinks. I thought it was a little odd that they didn’t have a liquor license, well not yet anyway, hence could not sell / serve any alcohol! However, we were ‘allowed’ to bring alcohol up from the restaurant, which again I thought was a little weird. The roof top at Wooloomooloo has a fantastic view! Is it as good as Sevva? It’s clearly a competition that’s for sure! The fact that they still don’t have the liquor license clearly makes Sevva a better option! Going down to the restaurant to buy drinks can be a real pain! Still, it’s worth a visit if you haven’t been.

So… dinner…. after a few drinks we finally adjourned downstairs for some food. It was rather cold that evening, so everyone was eager to sit and order. We were seated in the corner room which was extremely nice, it was semi private, and had a view of the harbour.  There were about 24 of us, so it was nice that we got this semi private room!

We started off with fresh bread and butter. Bread was indeed fresh and warm – it was slightly crunchy on the outside but warm in the inside.

Hubby and I thought we’d share an entrée, my pick of course! Ordered the fresh sushi grade tuna tartare (freshly chopped tuna with shallots, capers, herbs and wasabi mayonnaise). It was so nicely presented that I didn’t want to eat it.

The tuna tartare was fresh and delicious, however, a little salty for both of us. The combination of the shallots, capers, fish roe was just delightful. I think we would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t so salty!

I was tempted to order pork belly, but considering it’s a ‘steak’ house, thought I should order steak… everyone on the table was ordering steak! Got the smallest steak available, which was 8 ounce, filet diane – beef tenderloin served on a crouton and topped with creamy five peppercorn cognac sauce. It had me at ‘cognac’! I am not usually a bit meat eater – can’t usually eat a whole slab of meat, hence the smaller size. It was cooked the way I wanted it – which was medium rare, it was tender and succulent. Unfortunately, the peppercorn sauce was just ok, I didn’t really taste the cognac! It tasted better with the seeded mustard I thought. However, it was still quite enjoyable.

Hubby, like any other boy, absolutely LOVES meat! He ordered the rib eye – 12 once with mushroom sauce, medium rare and it was also tender and juicy. The mushroom sauce was a great compliment.

We ordered some side dishes for the table, French fries, sautéed spinach with mushrooms, grilled asparagus with hollandaise sauce (which was delicious!) and cream of cabbage and bacon (the only one I took a photo of!). All the side dishes were great. I loved the grilled asparagus, and the cream of cabbage and bacon.

For dessert, we bought the birthday girl cakes from awfully chocolate. We got her two cakes – chocolate cake and chocolate rum and cherry cake. I loved the chocolate cake – it was so light and fluffy. It was perfect with my tea.

The birthday girl was a little surprised with the cake, but we all had a great time, drinking and eating. Pity it was a little chilly that night, it would have been nice to have another drink on the roof top!

Happy birthday dear friend.. hope all your dreams and wishes come true! Here’s to another great year ahead!

GA’s rating on Wooloomooloo: 7 / 10

31F and roof top The Hennessy

256 Hennessy Road

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2893 6960

GA’s rating on Awfully Chocolate: 7 / 10

Family dinner in Hong Kong @ Hang Zhou Restaurant

My parents, brother and sister in law came to Hong Kong to visit me so they say, but in actual fact they are in Hong Kong for a holiday to China. Hong Kong was just an excuse or should I say a ‘hub’ so that they can visit China! Nevertheless, it was still good to see them all (!), even though I saw them in April!!!

I went to Hang Zhou restaurant a while back with Hubby and my cousin in law. My brother, F, read the post and was keen to go. He wanted to eat their braised pork belly, so on their second night in Hong kong, I thought I would take them there. They also have a list of restaurants that they wish to eat at, the love for food does run in the family!

I know one of the chefs here, K,  introduced by the same person who introduced me to this restaurant! She helped us order and it was definitely better than the first visit (!) (read first post here).

We started off with 3 entrees; the first of the many dishes to come was pork spare ribs which were absolutely tender, meaty and sweet. The sweetness really gave it a nice touch. (sorry photo bit blurry!)

Then came the tofu, these were marinated tofu which was unbelievably soft and full of flavour.

Next, their famous drunken chicken – this was served warm and incredibly tasty! You could definitely taste the hint of alcohol, the chicken was tender and succulent!

Hubby and I had previously ordered this, but got it again, braised pork belly with man tao. This was better the second time round – the pork belly had the ‘right’ amount of fat and meat. It was absolutely fantastic, especially with the man tao.

Here is a close up of it, one was simply not enough!

We also ordered the deep fried duck (deboned) and again this was better the second time round. The duck was tender, and meaty and the skin was crispy. It was delicious and the man tao was a great compliment.

The next dish is one of their specialty and was recommended by K. It’s fish head soup – yes fish head soup – and it was the BIGGEST FISH HEAD I have ever seen. It wasn’t a FULL fish head – it was half a fish head and as you can see from the photo below, it was HUGE! The fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. It was full of flavour – LOTS of chili! It was spicy and hot but incredibly delicious!

We also ordered a plate of pan fried pork dumplings – bottom slightly pan fried. These were amazing! The bun was tender, and the pork juicy, that if bitten at the wrong angle you could seriously squirt juice to your neighbour!

A meal is never complete without vegetables, so we ordered a plate of spinach cooked in shao xing wine. I didn’t enjoy this dish as much as the others. There was a really strong alcohol flavour – the shao xing wine which I didn’t like. For me, it would have definitely been better without the wine. My sister in law seemed to have enjoyed it though!

It was simply a fantastic meal! Thanks K for helping us order. I would definitely recommend getting the fish head soup, as well as the braised pork belly! We were all stuffed and couldn’t even fit dessert!! We sat there discussing our next trip as we couldn’t move!

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Hang Zhou Restaurant

1/F Johnston Plaza,

178 – 188 Johnston Road,

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2591 1898