Monday, 28 November 2011

McDonalds, Hong Kong

Maccas has been pushin the poultry in Oz for a little while. So why haven’t they brought the McSpicy Chicken to Oz? Their answer to the Zinger.

Ebi (prawn) burger is an step up from the old fill-lay-o-fish

Sweet taro pie. Probably a bit too out there for down under.

3.5 / 5 yums!
Where? McDonalds, Hong Kong

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Jade Garden Restaurant, Hong Kong

It feels a bit old school 1980s HK but what it lacks in style, you can take comfort it has plenty of experienced.

Nothing flash, simply classic yum cha dim sum.

3 / 5 yums!
Where? 5/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Monday, 21 November 2011

5 Generations, Hong Kong

This should definitely make a list of Stuff Asian People Like. 5 Generations is a very popular dessert only joint that typically requires a number and a long line.

It’s basically bubble cup on a bit of roids. Take a typical Asian dessert flavour. Pump with sugar. Serve.

The snow storm is pure novelty. Texturally somewhere between ice and ice-cream, flavoured, shaved and layered into an impressive ant hill mound. One is enough.


The Maccas of Chocolate fondant. Warm and gooey centre. Consistent, satisfying.

3 / 5 yums!
Where? 5-31 Carnarvon Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
What? Around HKD $40-70

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Cheers Restaurant, Hong Kong

You’ve gotta be thinking that something doesn’t smell right when they’re advertising a whole chicken for $1 Hong Kong dollar. Most probably the smell of chicken that’s around two weeks past the expiry date.

Look it’ll do the trick to at least get you interested, maybe slightly curious.

A pumping Canto-Chinese restaurant, a perfect place if you want to avoid awkward silences during that first date or family dinner where you can have hot pot or off the wide menu.

The chicken passed the health safety test and the others maintain a good standard despite the number of tables to feed.

Cheers to that.

3 / 5 yums!
Where? Shop A, 3/F & 4/F., Grand Tower, 639 Nathan Road, Mongkok, Hong Kong

Monday, 14 November 2011

Macau Restaurant, Hong Kong

Bringing a little piece of the former Portuguese colony to the big city.

There’s nothing here for a punt, unless people break out the mahjong sets, but you can place a good bet on the Portuguese baked chicken for a decent return.

The sauce is creamy, baked to scolding point, richly spiced with a bit of a peppery kick. Although while bones impart flavour, no point if there is not much meat to impart it to.

Complete the experience with one of those eggy custard Portuguese tarts.

Worth the gamble.

3 / 5 yums!
Where? 25 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong and many others
What? Around HKD $40-60

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Caprice, Hong Kong

Hardcore Holden nuts might take offence to a restaurant sharing the name of their top line model.

Other than the name, there’s actually a reasonable number of similarities. A modest, unassuming body, an engine room that’s whisper quiet, fully accessorised and luxurious interior. Both might take you to another place, one metaphorically, the other perhaps from Narre Warren to Hoppers Crossing.

But of course there some bleedin obvious differences. One is only available in Australia.

And the other is a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Hong Kong. Check out what it’s pumping out.

Duck Foie Gras, Crapaudine Beetroot and Smoked Eel in Hazelnut Dressing

Morel Mushroom Consomme, Alaskan King Crab, Chateau Chalon Wine

Vauclause Green Asparagus, Black Truffle Tapanade, Burrata Cream and Balasmic Vinegar

Langoustine Tail a la Plancha, and Vegetable Pastilla in Sweet Spice Naga

Roasted Suckling Pig, Black Sausage Burger, Green Tomato Chutney in Barbecue Sauce

Wagyu Beef Flank, Osetra Black Caviar Tartare and Confit Potato Poelees

Cheese Cellar Selection

Wild Strawberry, Lavender Blossom, Almond Crisps, Malaga Sorbet

Alpaco Chocolate Texture, Tropical Fruits

Petite Fours

As good as it looks? Yup. As you’d expect from a 3 Michelin star joint worthy of a 5 star hotel. French techniques showcasing what can be done with top shelf ingredients in a range of temperatures, textures and richness.

4 / 5 yums!
Where? 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
What? Degustation about AUD $220

Monday, 7 November 2011

Ginza Kurando, Hong Kong

Given the relatively short flight to Japan, it wouldn’t have hurt to make the trip to reaffirm exactly how to make sushi rice right. And source some quality sashimi.

Ginza Kurando’s Japanese won’t rank high on the list, but when lunch sushi and don/noodle + drink combos are somewhere between HKD $60 and $140, any complaints could be considered whinging. Such as this post.

Smart and moody venue, priced right for a form 4’s first date.

2 / 5 yums!
Where? Shop 4-5, 1/F, Discovery Park Arcade, 398 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
What? Around HKD $60
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