Thursday, November 29, 2012

2012 Autumn review: The Grill Tokyo, Siam Paragon BKK

This place is one of my suggested eating agenda for friends I bring to eat around in BKK for the first time.  The purpose is to have a break from too many Thai hot and spicy food with something light at a reasonable price and a nice environment.  If I count back, only there was one time this place was a bit disappointing, 19 out of 20 times were all up above my expectation.  At this recent visit, the price has gone up by a further 15% (THB450 net for a 4 course meal lunch set, vs THB349 net for the same of 10 years ago).  No complaint since the food quality was kept up to its quality standard.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kyoto Roll En, dessert shop, Gateway Ekkamai, BKK

 The shop has a very interesting an diverse menu of sweet, ice cream, shaved ice, cream roll, custard, ice cream sandwich...  For those who like typical Japanese sweet (to me it means super sweet), this is the place.

Monday, November 26, 2012

明記甜品 Ming Kee dessert shop Sai Wan Ho HK

Got disappointed with the recent visit at this shop.  Too much coconut milk in almost everything.  They should concentrate on their herbal jelly rather than making too many other food like the snowy ice and hot meaty food.  It's really not the same humble Ming Kee which used to be adored by the neighbours, especially the students who spread the word of mouth to earn this shop a name.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dressed, IFC mall Central, HK

A salad at HK$60 for 4 choices of veggie and extra $ for some meat items like (spiced chicken at an extra of HK$8 and egg white at $8.  There are even more of these kinds of extras at over HK$20).  So this salad is at HK$76.  The romaine lettuce is too old and chewy.  The spiced chicken is simply sweet hard over-thousand-nights fridge left over.  Then I got curious to get a gingered pear smoothie at HK$38.  It's just ice and syrup with some imaginary scent of pear and a very light ginger aroma.  No next time!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

添好運點心專門店 Tim Ho Wan dim sum shop HK Airport Express Terminal mall, Central HK

 Its first shop in Mongkok made its glorious days after Michelin gave a one star.  In just a few years, 3 more branches were opened including this one at the basement 2nd floor of the HK Airport Express station terminal - good for those who had their city check-in, to grab a few dim sum before going to the airport.  In fact, there were quite many other shops which failed due to the location that most people were in such a rush.  However, Tim Ho Wan turned this twist of fate and stopped those who would rather take the risk of missing the flight than a shouldn't-miss dim sum meal.
This time I got baked BBQ pork buns, shrimp dumplings, steamed sponge cake and beef balls.  All are pretty good and in a classic cooking style, except the sponge cake is a bit bitter.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pepper lunch, food court, Hysan Place Causeway Bay HK

 Passed by this stall many times but didn't get in the long line.  Finally got my order.  As noted on the paper wrapping the sizzling hot plate, gotta stir the food on the plate immediately.  The nice aroma is the essential part of this self-made "stir-fried" rice.  That told why the teenagers love this and wouldn't mind waiting in long line.  The ingredients weren't something special.  However, not only it saved the cost (cooking) but also some fun for the customers to stir-fry their own meal.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sunday brunch at Lawry's HK

Lawry's offers a Sunday brunch from HK$200-320 including a red or white wine or fresh juice, a salad or soup, a main course and a coffee or tea.  This time we ordered a mix grill (lamb/steak/spring chicken/sausage) and a grilled seafood platter (lobster/prawn/salmon/sea bass/scallop/mussel/squid) and a prime rib of course.  Everything is awesome and unexpectedly fresh.  Had 2 baskets of bread too.  Nice wine and freshly squeezed juice to the appetite and aromatic coffee and tea to finish.  Highly recommended to bring your family for this brunch on weekend.

夜了的石板街 - Pottinger Street at night