Category Archives: Hong Kong – Sheung Wan

K-Roll – Hong Kong

I’ve finally finished posting about my Kyoto/Osaka trip! So now.. I’ll blog about my recent HK eats before blogging about South America. For some reason, I’ve been eating a lot of Korean food lately! Another restaurant I tried is K-Roll, a takeaway restaurant located in Sheung Wan.

Bulgogi K-roll …not flavourful and kind of dry… not worth $48..

crab salad K-roll… this was the special of the day.. better than the bulgogi roll cause it has mayo, which makes the roll less dry..

shrimp korrito (aka. korean-burrito)….this was pretty good… love the different textures from all the fillings (tempura, avocado, veggies, fried dumpling skin)…

interesting concept.. I wish there were more Korean takeout places but it’s kind of expensive for takeout lunch…

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

K-Roll

Shop 6A, G/F, Sen Fat Building, 6 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan

Tel: 2234 5505

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ABC Kitchen – Hong Kong

Another dai pai dong in a wet market but this one serves Spanish food!

ABC Kitchen only has a few tables and it’s always packed!

warm bread

Squash soup

Spanish tapas…. 

seafood paella…

carbonara

suckling pig

The food was pretty good and was relatively cheap @ 100 hkd per person!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

ABC Kitchen

Shop 7, Food Market, 1 Queen Street , Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Tel: 9278 8227

 

Yardbird – Hong Kong

The newest IT restaurant in Hong Kong is Yardbird. Opened in the summer, this gastropub/yakitori restuarant garnered raving reviews from CNN GO, Wall Street Journal, Luxe City Guides, Time Out and more.

The decor at Yardbird is sleek and minimalistic, more like a chic restaurant than a yakitori restaurant.  Everyone there is attractive: the crowd’s mostly young, trendy professionals and some of the staff even look like models! We felt so out of place with our casual campus-style attires.. I was even carrying a textbook! We actually got stared at when we entered.. no kidding.

The guy in white (who’s grilling the skewers) is Matt Abergel, owner and chef of Yardbird.  He’s only 29 but has already worked at Masa, the famous New York sushi restaurant and at Zuma in Hong Kong, where he was an executive chef.

Given that this is more of a gastropub, we ordered drinks.  I had the El Chonie (a mix of beer and tequila).

The food portions are quite small and kind of expensive. Since we’re on a “student budget,” we decided to try a couple dishes and then go elsewhere for cheaper and more filling food.. pizza!

corn tempura ball… At $23 per ball, this is the most expensive kernels of corn I’ve ever had but also the most tasty!  The batter was thin and the corn kernels bursted with sweetness when bitten into.  My friends and I were all blown away by this incredible ball that we had temporarily forgotten the price of this!

KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower)….This dish was innovative and it tastes good! Despite frying it, the cauliflower maintained its moisture and the spicy sauce was a good kick!

seared yellowtail salad…. This was the first “seafood salad” I had in which there’s more fish than veggies!

special of the day: clams… expensive ($50 each) but oh so delicious! The clam is mixed with potatoes.. onions? I’ve never had this combination before!

yakitori – gizzard…. It was my first time trying this.. surprising, the texture was chewy!

yakitori – oyster … Chef Matt made a joke saying how he made a deal with the restaurant next door (which was an oyster bar) that he couldn’t sell oysters! It’s called oyster because the part of chicken used is the thigh, but near the hip area, is really smooth and tender.

yakitori – special of the day: inner thigh…. The sauce was very flavourful but the meat wasn’t as tender as the oyster.

rice cakes (furikake, sesame)…. This was the first time I had fried rice cakes! The rice cake was chewy and the fried furikake/sesame crust was crispy! However, I could taste a lot of MSG.

The bill came with little packets of spices we used to sprinkle our yakitori with.  So cute!  There’s no service charge..such a rarity in Hong Kong! The bill turned out to be around $240 per person, which actually wasn’t too expensive, but then again, we weren’t full.

Yardbird certainly lives up to its hype… the staff were friendly, charming, patient, helpful and good-looking hehe and the food were innovative and tasty. I’ll probably come back again and next time, I’ll dress more fashionably!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Yardbird

33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Tel: 2547 9273

The Press Room – Hong Kong

After lunching at the Press Room back in May, I’ve been wanting to go back to try the famous lobster risotto. I finally went because dad’s in town with his wallet.. haha!

I had the onion soup gratinee again cause it’s that good..

and the large portion of the lobster risotto!  There were generous chunks of lobster. yes chuncks.. not strands!  However, the chef used a bit too much wine (?) to remove the seafood-y taste, which resulted in the risotto being to alcohol-y tasting…..

my dad ordered the dinner set (appetizer or dessert and an entrée for 260 hkd)..

escargots…..it was ok but not garlic-y enough…  it would be better if there’s mashed potatoes lining the bottom, which could soak up the escargots’ essence ..

the hanger steak

which came with THE Press Room FRIES!

The fries were AMAZING as usual, crispy and not too oily..  even my dad says the fries were the best he had tasted in a while.  The sautéed spinach was nothing special…

I wasn’t too amazed with the famous lobster risotto….. I think I’ll come back here just for their fries and onion soup!

and.. a bit of comment about their service.. we made a reservation for 6pm.. and they wouldn’t let us in until 6:15pm because the dining room wasn’t “ready yet”.. yeah right..

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

The Press Room

108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2525 3444

The Press Room – Hong Kong

my friend suggested to lunch @ the press room before an afternoon painting session.. and YES!!  i’ve been dying to go there but never did cause it seemed really out of the way from central (it’s out in sheung wan)..

interior wise.. it gives off this laid back feel.. and it sorta reminds me of restaurants in new york..

I ordered the onion soup gratinee… this was really good! at most places, the onion soup tends to be on the salty side (and some even tastes like watered-down gravy) but not this one! the onion soup was flavorful with just the right amount of salt and light! it also had bread pieces in the soup and the melted layer of cheese was quite filling!

i also ordered the croque monsieur which came with the famous pomme frites!  the fries were really good! fried until it’s golden and crispy.. and it wasn’t too oily! the croque monsieur was one of the best i had cause of the melted cheese! I think the press room does melted cheese well!

my friend ordered the set lunch @ $130 something.. good deal..  cause what i ordered (soup and sandwich) came out to almost $150..

the set lunch came with 1) soup

2) entree.. my friend picked fish

and

3) dessert.. my friend picked chocolate cake!  yumm! i had a bite and it was very rich!

i’ll definitely come back to the press room (now that i know it’s just a slight uphill hike from sheung wan mtr station).. but i’ll also give SML (in times square a try) cause my friend says it’s really good and it’s also from the same group as the press room

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

The Press Room

108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2525 3444

Lin Heung Kui 蓮香居 – Hong Kong

we always frequent the same couple of places for lunch (ramen, nice cafe, yumcha @ superstar) and it was kinda getting boring.. but my friend (and i must say, avid reader + commenter on the blog) recommended an old-school dim sum restaurant, Lin Heung Kui 蓮香居, in Sheung Wan!  She said that the owner of Lin Heung Kui is a sibling of the owner of Lin Heung Teahouse (the famous old-school dimsum place in central) and that there’s currently a lawsuit regarding the name.. anyways.. it’s one of Michelin’s Bib Gourmand!!

see? it’s totally old school with the complete package! big metal teapot and the individual cup which contains your tea leaves! i still can’t get used to pouring the tea from the cup into my drinking tea cup… i end up flooding my area.. haha

i haven’t been to an old-school dimsum place before, so i was really excited to see the big  steamed BBQ pork bun (cha siu bao)   bottom R-corner…..it’s so huge u have to share… and the filling was really juicy! and the siu mai with quail egg (bottom L corner) was really unique.. never had that before…the minced beef ball was really tender..  basically, the dimsum’s really good.. (compared to superstar).. i like everything! and it’s served really hot!  i wish lunch times were long enough for me so i can come here daily to eat instead of at the canteen!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Lin Heung Kui 蓮香居

46-50 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan

Tel: 2156 9328