Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kikusan

Found this place by accident... Since we were quite tired of Chinese food, Japanese food it is... I don't think I'll ever be bored of Uni, ikura and toro...

AND. Who would have thought this amazing roll costs only HKD68?!?!?!?!? TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

HKD 68. I still haven't got over that this super fresh generous portion costs ONLY HKD68!!!!! A silly bowl of noodle already costs almost the same price, it's possibly the best meal we have had in terms of value - considering that it's not only cheap but also super fresh!

There... I'm proving it!!! One portion per person - no way I'm sharing! I'm such a sucker for uni....

Likes: Fresh, very affordable, unbelievably good value
Dislikes: Service is a little slow, but bearable. Don't think other items in the menu is as reasonable though...

Kikusan  
Hyson Place
12-14 Kai Chiu Rd,
East Point
Hong Kong
+852.2252.7808
Opening Hours
Daily 11.30am - 11pm

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Locavore

So we opted for the 7 dishes, but we definitely had more than 7 with the amount of bite size dishes they offered before our actual meal.

Apart from the great dishes that they have to offer, unfortunately I was not too happy with the service. They tend to bring out the next dish even before I was done with the current. I find it to be absolutely unprofessional to be putting the next dish right in my face when I was still eating the current. It gave me the impression that I had to hurry up and get done with it. Or what, is this supposed to be Chinese food where all dishes are placed on the table? I can't help it but to raise this to the waitress who served us. On a positive note, they got the point immediately and acted on it.

All bite size came with really interesting combination of local produce. Betel leaf, coconut shavings, lemongrass and some other herbs, served with sea salt on the side.

Deep fried spinach? Well it's really crispy and not quite possible to tell what veggie is that.

I can't remember what exactly was this, but we had to pop everything into the mouth as it explodes liquid that tastes like curry leaves out. 

Some black rice cake

Some fusion otak-otak, well just grilled fish paste wrapped with leaves. It was somewhat lukewarm when we opened it. Perhaps it was left on the counter for a little too long, waiting to be served.

The cured meat that melts in the mouth...

This tomato soup is interesting - its hot and its cold. Mmmmm...

Warm bread served with peanut oil, crushed peanuts and sambal. Fortunately, the bread arrived hot...

Indonesian Ceviche - Raw with with broth

Rich creamy broth, did not taste the raw fishy smell which was perfect!

Steak Tartar - Raw beef with various local produces

Possibly the only dish I did not enjoy - beef was marinated with too much pepper? I thought the pickles at the side was an awful combination. Sourness and heavily peppered raw beef - not too sure about that.

Squid in Black - Baby squid

I don't normally eat squid but this was perfectly done!! Very very tender squid...

Into the Sawah - Duck egg served on a bed of rice and some beautiful flowers

The most beautiful dish of all. I like how the yolk is cooked perfectly - it oozes out when you poke it but not too quickly and it hits straight to the spoon when you scoop it. Lying on a bed of locally produced Tegallalang rice and garnished with local edible flowers.

Sop Kaki Kambing - Goat leg, tomato celery

As compared to the ceviche soup, this is less creamy, clear soup with lamb which is not gamey. I thought this was just nice, not too heavy.

Gule Ikan

Simple piece of fish served with thick gravy.

Not only they have appetisers before the main course, they also have it for desserts! 

Roti Srikaya - Pandan, coconut brioche

I thought this was really normal. A playful mixture of pandan and coconut, which was not particularly impressive as these two ingredients are commonly used within Southeast Asia (or at least Malaysia & Thailand). Nevertheless, it's a clever combination and it will definitely impress those who are not exposed to these. Not to be mistaken, I actually enjoyed it.

Mousse garnished with white ixora.

Chocolate truffles? I thought so..

Lastly the most beautiful one - the flower drink. We were supposed to pour the drink from the vase and eat it with the flower. Well I just drank it without eating the flower....

Though there were a few shortcomingss, in general I actually like this place very much and thought they totally deserve a spot in Asia's Top 50 list! Also the highest climber by far... 

Likes: Small and easy to find. The courses are about right with some hits and misses, but mostly hits. 
Dislikes: Service could be improved, hopefully. Reservation is difficult unless you book 2-3 months ahead.

Restaurant Locavore  
Jalan Dewisita No.10,
Ubud
Bali 80571
Indonesia
+623.6197.7733
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 2pm; 6.30pm - 11.30pm
Closed on Sundays



Restaurant Locavore Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Restoran Wei Kee 伟记饭店深井烧鹅

We ordered half goose which is clearly too much for 2 pax. For some reason we are always at the shop few doors away (Siew Ngap Fei) instead of Wei Kee.

This time around for a change, I thought why not just have goose instead of duck. It's very different afterall. The meat is juicier and the sauce is also different.

I don't normally have the skin but.. I just can't resist the layer of crisp...

There are also some Hakka selections - try the stuffed tofu! It's quite seasonal and this is not available on a daily basis.

Suen choy.

Likes: Good place for goose - if you don't compare to the ones in HK. Reasonably priced too. It came up to about RM40 per pax and we could not finish half of the goose. This is actually good for 3 pax.
Dislikes: Parking is HORRENDOUS. Be prepared to not be able to get a parking.

Restoran Wei Kee
50, Lorong Yap Hin
Off Jalan Pasar
Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
03.9221.8428
Opening Hours
Daily 10.30am - 6pm
Closed on Wednesdays

Restoran Wei Kee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour

This bar adopts the clinic / laboratory theme where you get "doctors" in lab coats to serve you drinks. Brilliant concept and that is about it...

They are apparently famous because they carry many types of gin which can cater to gin lovers. Unfortunately, not so much if you're a cocktail person.

I did not know what I've ordered - this was based on recommendation and I trusted the guy who took our order that this is one of the "popular cocktail".... Which turns out to be almost non-existent gin (certified by a friend who doesn't drink more than a glass of cocktail), basically just grapefruit juice with ice. And boy a glass of cocktail starts from HKD120 ~ HKD150! See how much it costs for those gimmicks.

I got me wondering how on earth did they get to Asia's Top 50 bars. I did not even feel like giving them a second chance - I told the guy who took our order that this is a diluted fruit juice and he went oh it's supposed to be like that. Great... I won't spend another quid then...


Likes: Great theme, beautiful interior
Dislikes: Lousy drinks though, really lousy overpriced drinks and really unfit to be in Asia's Top 50 list

Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour  
Shop B31A,
First Basement Floor
Landmark Atrium
15 Queen’s Road
Central
Hong Kong
+852.2111.9449
Opening Hours
Daily 2pm - 1am
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司

We were walking aimlessly from Mong Kok to Jordan, trying to find some Mango dessert shop recommended by a local cab driver. We ended up finding this little gem instead...

Lucky for us we did not have to queue for it - milk custard, hot milk and cold milk for late dinner, to wash down the oily street food we had... Not like that will make a difference, I thought it's nice to convince myself it is a healthier option :P

To be honest, I can't really tell the difference between Yee Sun and Aus Dairy Company. At least we were satisfied with either or, as we don't even get this in KL at all!!

Likes: Simple and quick snacks - we all enjoyed all our milk snacks.  Staffs were generally nice (I thought they will be unfriendly but no all of them who attended us were very nice and patient). 
Dislikes: None?

Australia Dairy Company  
47 Parkes St,
Jordan
Hong Kong
+852.2730.1356
Opening Hours
Daily 7.30am - 11pm
Closed on Thursdays

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mong Kok

We go out at Mong Kok station and just followed the crowd. The thing about HK's street eats - the people who runs it are horribly rude and it's a norm. I recalled approaching the first stall and the lady was just disinterested to answer my questions. I only asked how much is it for the curry fish balls as I could not read Chinese, and she replied, HKD20 HKD50. I was clearly confused; what do you mean by that, so how much is it for a portion? She turned away and ignored me. Okay.... Which was why I ended up at this stall instead.

We ended up at another street food stall instead. They had a longer queue and the people were much more acccommdating. Well, that's why they have more customers too! They had everything all of us wanted to try so...

...Here we are, just pointing at everything... Deep-fried intestines... HK's famous smelly tofu....

Curry fish balls... Those I once had at Jordan were really springy, for some reason I could not find the same curry fish balls with that really different texture I've had previously... This is what happens when you don't pay attention to the surroundings, can't find the same shop anymore!

Some egg waffles anybody?!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Yee Shun Dairy Company 港澳義順牛奶公司

The first shop we saw when we got off our cab - Milk shop!!! The more popular choice is Australian Dairy Company, but according to my friends, the locals would prefer Yee Shun more. To be honest, I can't tell the difference.

We also had one papaya shake each for breakfast - healthy much?! It's so creamy and rich we did not even need to have solid food!

Since we are already here, might as well order something savoury - pork chop with macaroni to curb hangover faces!

Likes: Convenient, not too pricey, it came up to around HKD300++ for 4 pax which was alright. Milk custard is to die for!
Dislikes: Nil.

Yee Shun Dairy Company 
506 Lockhart Rd,
East Point
Hong Kong
+852.2591.1837
Opening hours
Daily 12pm - 12am