It takes balls to commit to ground floor real estate space in Hong Kong with the colossal rents and only a menu of only a handful of items. They must be doing something right though, as even after the hype of their first branch in Wanchai has more then enough time to settle down, The Butchers Club Burger has recently opened a second shop in Central on the Wellington Street and Mid-Level escalator junction.
Sohofama is a thoughtfully arranged marriage between the Sai Yin Pun based team at Locofama and GOD lifestyle brand. Taking a spacious ground floor unit at PMQ on the Bridges Street side, they offer a carefully crafted seasonal menu with heavy emphasis on boasting hormone free, antibiotic free, locally sourced, organic, free range, grass fed sourced ingredients. With ingredients that meet the above criteria, the menu has been designed to make the most of the ‘essence’ of flavours which is only possible to show case when working with quality fresh ingredients. Continue reading
We tried Mrs Pound last week and were pleasantly surprised with not just the menu itself, but also the venue’s vibe. The exterior doesn’t give anything away, not even a the name of the restaurant, but stepping through the sliding doors you are are hit with a hip, warm and inviting space. The foundation of this Asian street eats style menu is uniquely reflected across the interior decor, illustrating the character behind the cute novelty story. There are burlesque scents of a women’s attitude, oozing out of every corner, wall and ceiling of the room. I’m talking feather boas, classic vanity mirrors with exposed light bulbs, ballet shoes and trinkets. Continue reading
For the those of us who share the need of getting out this urban jungle on the weekends, Sha Ha beach is a secret haven. Its sands are not quite as fine or golden as found in Dai Long Wan further north in Sai Kung, but it is an easy to reach spot to enjoy a excellent day out. Whilst it is most known for the water sports centers clustered in the middle of the beach, we fell in love with it for the alfresco dim sum offered at Beach Cuisine AND because the whole area is the most dog friendly part Hong Kong we have ever stumbled across.
Friday night in Hong Kong puts out an abundance of indulgent food offerings, from the sinfully extravagant to the wallet guilt free fixes. Somewhere inbetween this spread sits what you get with a visit to the ABC kitchen restaurant in the cooked food market at 1 Queen Street, Sheung Wan.
*UPDATE: NOSH CLOSED END SEPT 2016, RUMOURED TO BECOME A SWEDISH FINE DINING RESTAURANT*
With so many neighbourhood cafes springing up in Po Hing Fong and Sheung Wan, a formula for success has shown itself in a few great spots.
For the coffee seeker, there is nothing worse then finding that the place is closed during normal business hours, followed by the quick solution finding panic to seek out another drinking hole to get your fix. Nosh is dependable. We all know it’s closed one day a week, on Monday. The rest of the time, it offers good coffee in an open space that lends itself very well to discerning individuals who work remotely or enjoy a good read, as well as proving to be a great spot for a good old fashion Kaffeeklatsch chin wag.
Being practically neighbours, I have been working my way through their menu since their opening. I appreciate the refined menu selection, as opposed to menus that try to please everyone by offering everything under the sun. Rarely have I found a place that sports the later, done well.
Nosh offers a wholesome breakfast choices, a choice of 3-4 daily fillings sandwiched inbtween in house baked breads, a specials board for lunch and also plenty of delicate french style pastries that accompany a good cuppa afternoon very tea nicely.
For weekend brunch, their menu offers a Nosh Brunch – HK$150 (gourmet full hog breakie), Euro Brunch HK$140 (lighter but still satisfying) and a few other variations, which alter from time to time.
The bruschetta is a personal favourite. It starts with the home baked sour dough foundation, which has a lovely surprise layer of cream cheese In-between the soft and well seasoned egg plant. The generous alternating layers of tomatoes and meaty mozzarella are finished off well with a thick and sticky balsamic reduction, which is welcomed as it perfectly balances the dish by cutting through the cheese goodness. To finish it off, fresh basil leaves work to lift the dish nicely. Not only visually appealing, you will leave absolutely stuffed and easily able to justify to yourself that it was somewhat guilt free.
A refreshing light bite is their peach, mozzarella and parma ham salad with a balsamic reduction.