Friday, September 29, 2017

Employees Only

The famous bar from New York is also available in Hong Kong. Since I can't teleport to NYC anytime, might as well visit the one in HK.

The Gimlet was recommended by the bartender, which is my perfect kind of drink... Gin based cocktail, somewhat sourish from the lime juice, very refreshing and addictive.... I found it to be the best as compared to the other drinks where I could not be bothered to remember the names..


Likes: Gimlet
Dislikes: Did not like the ambience - it was too noisy just like a club so don't expect to have a decent conversation here. This isn't a place where I'd stay for long...

Employees Only Hong Kong
19 Lan Kwai Fong,
Central
Hong Kong
+852.2468.2755
Opening Hours
Daily 6pm - 4am

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
Dr. Fern's Page
Dr. Fern's on Facebook

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Aberdeen Street Social 元創方

White pizza, mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, serrano ham (HKD128)

This was unexpectedly good! The cheese is really something... Much more deserving compared to the lobster roll.

Lobster Roll (HKD180)

The brioche was dry and stale. The lobster meat was minced so small chunks I got confused between lobster and crab.

So much mayo is used to stir up the lobster. This is not anywhere near impressive - just do a search on Luke's Lobster or Guardino's. Those are HUGE chunks of lobster in the roll, not minced!! And for that price, really?

I definitely will not return to this place - I found myself to be cheated with below average overpriced food. 

Yes. HKD65 for a glass of fruit juice.


Likes: Instagrammable friendly place... Good pizza and that's it
Dislikes: No good lobster roll (never ever order that), overpriced, service is slow

Aberdeen Street Social 
35 Aberdeen St,
Central
Hong Kong
+852.2866.0300
Opening Hours
Daily 11.30am - 11pm
Aberdeen Street Social's Page
Aberdeen Street Social on Facebook

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Yum Cha 飲茶

Shrimp and Vege Dumpling (HKD 59)

This place serves really picture worthy dimsum that looks pretty but tastes pretty average. It's just colouring on siu mai... And they can charge much higher.

Sichuan Style Buns (HKD49)

I first had cute buns at Hong Kong Disneyland.. and it became a trend everywhere else. Nothing wrong with that, it's a great thing to know that people love cute and picture worthy food where taste is secondary. To be honest, the Sichuan style bun tastes so weird... Not the regular bao, it's the China ma lat pepper kind of taste.

Hot Custard Bun (HKD49)

Despite the cutesy and all, this lao sar bao is actually one of the better ones among all.

Steamed BBQ Pork Rice Roll (HKD59)

It's just a very regular steamed rice roll that has a better presentation.

I'm glad I came only for a short tea break. If I were to be having lunch, I would have been ripped off bad. I think I fed my camera more than myself.


Likes: Cute?
Dislikes: Very average quality, charge sky prices just because it's cute. But it's just very regular dimsum... Nothing  to shout about.

Yum Cha Tsim Sha Tsui 飲茶
20-22, Granville Rd,
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong
+852.2751.1666
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri 11.30am - 4pm; 6pm - 11pm
Sat & Sun 11am - 4pm; 6pm - 11pm
Yum Cha's Page
Yum Cha on Facebook

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華

Wan tan - I doubt these are really good, it was soft and it breaks apart. Not properly in tact but I guess it's fine for char chan teng quality.

A friend was craving for borscht soup - it's so different from the version we get in Klang Valley where it's just downright diluted. This was just a random shop we went and we liked it already - flavourful, thick, and it's actual soup! Nevertheless, I think I love Russian bosrcht soup more....

Char chan teng's must have - toasts!

We always watch TVB dramas where they would order truffle with scrambled eggs for breakfast - so here we are, truffle with scrambled eggs served with toasts!

It's right at Lan Kwai Fong - what a strategic place where people can grab some bites after drinking.

Likes: Convenient, average cafe food
Dislikes: Too commercialised

Tsui Wah Restaurant  
15 Wellington St,
Central
Hong Kong
+852.2525.6338
Opening Hours
Daily 24 Hours

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Yung Kee 鏞記酒家

Century Egg (HKD72)

In HK, it's a must to have century egg. It's somewhat different from what we get back home where the yolk area is usually harden up. It's so bad for cholesterol, but bad food are usually the best food!!!

P/S: The yolk totally melts in the mouth omg....

Pork Belly served with Pine Nuts (HKD250)

We came just for the roast goose. Initially, we were supposed to dine at Yat Lok but they ran out of goose for 6 pax. Yung Kee was able to, hence we ended up here. We thought we should try other dishes too - so we opted for the pork belly. We were really fortunate to have ordered this as it was probably the last few portions.

This pork belly was perfectly braised, not too soft where the fats and meat are all still intact, yet soft enough to melt in the mouth!! I don't usually take fats but I ate the entire piece! We wanted to add another portion but too bad they ran out of it. To be honest, it's definitely pricey for such a small portion - size is no bigger than an Iphone 6s, but not in terms of thickness.

Tofu with Mushrooms topped with shrimp roe (HKD170)

This looks like a bland plate of brown tasteless tofu but don't judge the dish just by one picture. The tofu is braised and topped with generous amount of shrimp roe which gave a hint of seafood taste so it's definitely more interesting....

Vegetable (HKD150)

It's wonderful that they actually make an effort to decorate the food...

Half Goose (HKD300)

We waited close to 45 minutes for the goose... It was the "main" dish for the night and obviously we had really high expectations. All of us thought that goose are usually larger and fatter, Yung Kee's version came slightly smaller than we thought. 

Their roast goose is something so different - it has a huge stuffing in the middle and has lots of beans with it. Skin is not as crispy as expected. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the goose - we thought it's nice to have but it probably isn't the best in HK.

Here's the damage which I can barely read half of it. I wonder if we've been charged correctly hmm!

Likes: Good choices of Cantonese food.. Not bad goose (better than the ones we get out of HK but I'm sure there are better)
Dislikes: A little overpriced....

Yung Kee
2-40 Wellington St,
Central
Hong Kong
+852.2522.1624
Opening Hours
Daily 11am - 11.30pm
Yung Kee's Page
Yung Kee on Facebook

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fahrenheit Ресторан Фаренгейт

It was our last meal at Moscow and we went for something more casual. This street has plenty of other choices too; we have also tried Cafe Pushkin & Turandot, posh choices where dress code is mandatory.

Fahrenheit's concept is much more fun and colourful.

Luckily they are willing to start earlier by 15 minutes for us as we had to rush to the airport right after the meal...

We had a 4 course meal and started off with salad.

Minestrone soup

Beef Stroganoff - Finally got to try this as the tour guide repeated this so many times that we have to try. My verdict? I thought it wasn't my kind of food - the beef was definitely too chewy for me, sleeping on a bed of mashies. I didn't think it was bad, I just wouldn't order it again.

Some lemon cake to end the meal. I swear 4 courses for lunch is way too heavy!


Likes: Comfortable, casual and fun dining. Good selection of choices in the menu.
Dislikes: N/A

Fahrenheit  
Tverskoy bulvar
25009 Moscow
Russia
+7.495.651.8170
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 12am
Fahrenheit's Page
Fahrenheit on Facebook