|The Caprese at The Woods|
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
|Mrs Pearl Kong Chen (third from left) at Kin's Kitchen in April this year.|
A while back, I was commissioned to write a short piece on Jiang Taishi 江太史, a legendary figure in the relatively contemporary history of Cantonese cuisine. The piece was drafted and never published, and on this sad day of the passing of Jiang's granddaughter, Mrs. Pearl Kong Chen 江獻珠, a culinary figure in her own right, I was reminded to share what I learned.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
|Hainanese curry rice with pork chops, fried egg, braised pork and veg, in Tiong Bahru|
Thursday, July 10, 2014
|Upper Modern Bistro - beauty without the pretence|
The restaurant world (well in fact, the world itself) seems much more predictable when you see it in terms of evolution à la Darwin. El Bulli spawned a bunch of modernist, Spanish-inflected avant-garde-ists, Noma has led to a clutch of clean-lined, new Nordic, locavore philosophers in kitchens around the world.
Looking at Hong Kong - in the 1990s and early 2000s, we had hotels and groups importing good chefs from around the world - Bombana at the old Ritz, L'Atelier de JR (owned by Lisboa), and the various chefs coming through Gaddi's and Petrus, and to this day, I'd say hotels are still the ones with enough muscle and hiring expertise to bring the right people into Hong Kong.
Monday, June 16, 2014
|Eater Hong Kong Heatmap June 2014|
Some that I didn't add were: Sushi To & The Penthouse (Harlan Goldstein's incredible magic trick of opening two restaurants at once), Cocotte (juicy PR scandal alert!), Check-In Taipei, Brew Bros Coffee, N1 Coffee & Co., 18 Grams (new branch in Sheung Wan), % Arabica (new branch in PMQ), Little Burro (new branch in Sheung Wan), Ping Pong 129 (because it's a bar), Holytan, China Tang (too fancy for its own good), The Envoy (opened just after my deadline), Corner Kitchen Cafe (reopening), Lokali, Mama San, Unar Coffee (TST Star Ferry branch), Mavericks (Pui O), The Woods (bar, just opened), Nocturne (bar), Zen Too, Madam S'Ate, Naked...
There's lots coming soon this summer too:
Ho Lee Fook, Stack, Jamie's Italian, Vasco, Isono, Bread Street Kitchen... Keep an eye on the fabulous coming soon page on HK Tatler Dining.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
|"Pata negra" pork, dried chilli, peanut|
Saturday, April 19, 2014
|Linguini with shrimp and crabmeat|
The Centre itself is a bit of a lost cause when it comes to food (if I had to choose, I would go to the cafe in the lobby - at least they have semi-decent sandwiches and drinkable (albeit very milky) coffee - but if you're looking for a proper meal, and the Grand Hyatt is too, well, grand, then you're stuck for choices.
About 3-5 minutes walk from the Grand Hyatt, through the garden and overpass, you'll come to Fenwick Pier and the Fleet Arcade (where I keep hearing you can buy cheap magazines from the US ships that come in, but I've never verified that claim). Inside, where Vero used to be, is Giando, an Italian restaurant opened by ex-Gaia Group exec chef, Gianni Caprioli.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
|Tiered afternoon tea at Salon de The de Joel Robuchon - so dainty, so fancy, wah|
Can I just add that the matte black tiers are chic, but when you remove a moist sandwich or pastry from it, it leaves a greasy smudge. Not so chic. Clearly, the person who designed it has never touched food.