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Wild Grass, Sunday brunch, Central Hong Kong

I have heard wonderful things about Wild Grass which is tucked away on Arbuthnot Road. Wild Grass is ‘all about natural, sustainable ingredients, lovingly prepared by traditional slow cooking methods’. I wanted to try somewhere different for brunch, I love the open space – not a lot of restaurant in Hong Kong has this much space and the menu sounded wonderful.

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For Sunday brunch, Wild Grass offers diners different types of starters and a buffet featuring their famous roasts including organic roast chicken, organic beef rump, New Zealand lamb leg, crispy pork rib and some vegetables. Each of the dish were perfectly prepared and it was hard not to try every single one.

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We started with some bread.

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For starters, diners have 6 options – most of us opt for the organic poached egg benedict with cured bacon. Perfectly poached egg, on a top of brioche with bacon. It was a good way to start brunch!

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H had the chilled tomato gazpacho with soft boiled quail egg and cherry tomatoes. This was surprisingly nice – I am not usually a fan of cold soup but on a hot day I can probably have this.

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I couldn’t help but ask for a little bit of everything of their roast. The organic roast chicken was incredibly tender and Dragon’s favourite. The organic beef rump was my favourite – yes I preferred it to the pork. The beef was succulent and cooked to perfection. The pork was also very good. I think we all had more than one serving!

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Dessert was a choice of sweets or savoury. Savoury being cheese – blue, bree and one hard cheese which I can’t for the life of me remember! which was served with biscuits and bread and served with fruit.

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The sweets being tiramisu, apple crumble and pavolva. I really liked the apple crumble – but I am a sucker for anything crumble. ‘The Mother’ really enjoyed the tiramisu.

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Sunday brunch cost HKD298 per person, service was polite and friendly. They had music also, so Dragon got to dance a little bit. I really enjoyed the Sunday brunch here – good for long family brunches and the food is pretty decent.

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GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Wild Grass

1/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road,

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2810 1189

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The Tea Room, QVB, Sydney

Have you ever met someone and just connect straight away? Have long conversations about everything and anything? This is how I felt about this wonderful gorgeous girl, N. We met at a wedding through our husbands, ‘The Mother’ works with her husband, we connected and well the rest is history!

I was catching with the gorgeous, N, for lunch and thought we would have lunch at The Tea Room. The Tea Room, which is situated in Queen Victoria Building, is known for its high tea. I love the high ceilings, elegantly decorated with wall paper, the light fixtures and the velvet texture. It is such a lovely wedding venue, and a wonderful place for high tea.

Unfortunately, we didn’t feel like high tea, so decided for lunch and perhaps dessert. N opted for the Roast barramundi, lemon, herb and spinach risotto, Mediterranean broth ($29). The fish was moist and the skin was crispy and crunchy. N loved it, it was delicate and tasty.

I opted for the snapper fillet, prawn filled zucchini flower, summer vegetable broth ($29) – it had me at zucchini flower. The prawn filled zucchini flower was outstanding. The fish was firm but moist and the mixed vegetables of eggplant, zucchini, and carrots were excellent. It was simple and well executed.

For dessert, N, opted for the twice cooked chocolate soufflé, vanilla and hazelnut foam ($12). Unfortunately the chocolate soufflé collapsed from the kitchen to our table. The chocolate soufflé was deliciously rich and deliciously moist. I loved the hazelnut foam and the vanilla ice cream was a great complement. It was just fantastic.

I had the dessert special – buttermilk pannacotta with raspberry coulis and peanut brittle ($12) and WOW! I have really taken a liking to pannacotta, it was wobbly, soft and just melted in my mouth. The raspberry coulis was a little rich, however, the peanut brittle was unbelievable tasty. Who doesn’t like peanut brittle? Wish there was more of it though!

It was a wonderful lunch, not only the food was stupendous but the company was brilliant. We sat there for hours talking, laughing and conversation just flowed. I had such a wonderful girlie chat that I didn’t want it to end!

I remember coming here with ‘The Mother’ for high tea, and the traditional afternoon tea is excellent, assortment of sandwiches, scones, pastries and sweets. I love the scones, and the finger sandwiches, it certainly has been a while since I had high tea, and will definitely come back for it.

Service was excellent, waiters were tentative. It was certainly a relaxing and wonderful lunch.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

The Tea Room

Level 3, North End, QVB

455 George Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

Ph: +61 2 9283 7279

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Fouratefive, Surry Hills

It has been a while since my last visit at fouratefive. My first visit was in May after I had done the half marathon with another friend of mine.

B and I were catching up and this was one of the few cafes that are open at 7am on a weekday. If you wonder why we are up that early on a Monday morning, well that’s a very good question! I think sometimes we wonder too but we enjoy our catch ups, and we look forward to it every single week. Not catching up with her on a Monday would make my week incomplete. It is something I look forward to and it’s a great way to start a long and stressful week.

I really don’t think she needs any more introduction, she is one of my dearest friends whom I have a weekly catch up with. She is my gym partner (although we don’t gym that often together anymore!), my eating partner and well my gossip partner! No we are not dating, we are both happily married (not to each other) but we have so much in common that sometimes we wonder if we were related in our previous lives! If we weren’t so busy we would probably see each other more.

Anyway, fouratefive – their coffee, single origin beans, one word – fantastic!

I wanted something ‘healthy’ and considering I have eaten my egg quota on the weekend, I opted for the granola with seasonal fruits with yogurt. It was just too pretty to eat, the presentation was fantastic! A mountain of delicious crunchy granola with nuts and dried fruit served with seasonal fruits – strawberries, pears, kiwis, orange and half a passion fruit, with rhubarb yogurt – LOVE!

B on the other hand ordered the bircher muesli with seasonal fruits with yogurt. She is on the hunt for the best bircher muesli in Sydney! I had a taste of this, the bircher muesli was full of flavours, moist, and absolutely delicious. I am not sure if its the best I have tasted, but it was high up there in terms of ranks!

I was here the same week for lunch with a friend, S, and we both decided to order the pulled pork sandwich and the roast beef to share. I started with their pulled pork sandwich on ciabatta with pickled carrot and radish, aioli, apple and tomato chutney and rocket. The combination of the flavours was just outstanding – but as you know, I am a sucker of pork and aioli! How can the combination be bad?

The roast beef served with sweet polish pickled cucumbers, thick slices of tomato, Dijon mustard and cos lettuce with onion relish – Oh My Gawd – this was so much better than the pulled pork. It was messy, the sandwich fell apart in your hands, sauce dripping here and there, it was good, it was satisfying! The roast beef was tender and the sweet polish pickled cucumbers and onion relish really gave it that nice flavouring. (Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera, so the photo below is from my friend). I was definitely glad to end my meal with the roast beef! It was awesomely good!

I personally prefer their lunch menu, as it is more appealing. However, the granola with fruits and yogurt was superb!

So, B, where to next?

GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10

Fouratefive

485 Crown Street

Surry Hills 2010

Ph: + 61 2 9698 6485