|French onion soup|
See? Stuffed with ground almonds and wrapped in pancetta, nice and pink inside. Happy as Larry. (Who's Larry, anyway?)
|Paccheri with lamb ragout|
|Papparadelle with wild mushrooms|
|Earl Grey Pannacotta|
Look, none of the food was horrible, and it's not like I paid through my nose for it (actually, I didn't pay at all because it was my birthday - now that I'm nearing twenty-something and a half, you can tell how lazy I've been about posting...), but I'm just getting frustrated with these dolled-up restaurants that can't even seem to be bothered to dish up a decent pasta. It doesn't need to be all truffled up, you can use the cheapest cuts of meat to make a good ragout. Show some love, people. Show me you put in more than 2 minutes into that plate. Please.
This is their famous Banoffi pie. (I just realised I failed to mention till this point that JAR is the grown-up sibling of 798 Unit & Co., the mid-priced bistros in Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay - and they too, are 'famous' for the Banoffi - or is it Banoffee?). The cream was a bit bland and the pie crust unsatisfying (too cold? Fridge sogginess?), but the banana on the side was good, and I really shouldn't judge my 'birthday cake'. I should be grateful that the candle didn't sink into the 'cream', or that it didn't come with a red syrup squiggle.
Anyway. As I wrote in my Openrice profile about 5 years ago, we (Hong Kong) can all work harder.
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