fuck yeah noms

Where:
Peking Garden – Alexandria House, Central
Shop B1, Basement 1, Alexandra House

Central, Hong Kong

Phone number:
+852 2526 6456 (VERY IMPORTANT – Do not dial the Admiralty one by accident)

The deal:
So, we all saw the epic disaster of when my friend accidentally booked the wrong Peking Garden (refer here).  This is one of the places that I like to take non-HK visitors to and I was all nervous, following the Admiralty branch incident.  However, things were all back to normal when we went to Alexandria House branch.  HKD460 each for dinner (including wine) and all the stars were back on show today.  Golden prawns (salted egg batter fried prawns), scrambled egg whites + scallop…there were some other things tot but what we all really want to know about is the Peking duck.  It was back on form and unlike the Admiralty branch incident, I didn’t end up having to wash away the memory with having to buy roast duck from a local BBQ shop later. Just go.  Order golden prawns + the Peking duck.  Be fat and happy.

The verdict:
FUCK YESSSSSSS.

Where:
The Helenia Home Bistro
G/F, 25 School Street
Tai Hang, Hong Kong

Phone: 
+852 2972 2993

The deal:
HKD750 each (food + corkage, so add your wine costs on top of this).  The premise of this place is that they ‘sous vide’ their food here – which is essentially rest meat in warm water for 1 – 2 days and let it cook at a slow temperature.  This review was one I thought about because the food was good enough and I enjoyed it on the night.  It was interesting to see how they cooked the lamb sous vide style. But when you consider the price point and the actual end result, the verdict is based on – would you come back, fuck yeah or fuck no?  So – my main was good, enjoyable at the time.  The salad was nice as far as salads go.  Was it worth the price?  Am I driven by a strong desire to eat sous vide meat all the time?  Am I dreaming about a return to The Helenia?  That’s a lot rhetorical questions – but I’m going to give this one a pass for net time.

Verdict:
Fuck no.  Note that I used lower caps.

Where:
Le Salon Restaurant et Croissanterie (But seriously Le Salon, Y U bother with this website??)
Shop 1302, 13/F, Hysan Place
500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Phone:
+852 2115 3328

The deal:
Entrees are around HKD80 – 100.  Mains around HKD180 – HKD280.  Food was nice enough but it doesn’t matter how much fancy greens and sauce smears you put on the plate, things never end well if you have to beg for service, smash your way through a bread basket because your food hasn’t arrived (and then you need to check where your meal is) and then final insult, actually get out of your chair to flag down a waiter to bring you the bill.  Perhaps it’s because we got tucked away in an alcove.  Perhaps they were too busy shovelling out their famous croissants to the public.  I can make excuses, but that’s not the business that I’m in.  Food was presented well – can already see the legions of food photographers posting this to instagram with #scrummy #girlslunch #indulgence attached to it.  Sauce smears are not going to be enough to get this one over the line.

Verdict:
FUCK NO.

Where:
Peking Garden – Pacific Place, Admiralty (but don’t believe their website, lunch was HKD400+)
Shop 005, LG, Pacific Place
88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Phone number:
+852 2845 8452

The deal:
So, whenever I go to a restaurant and they give me tiny pieces of food, I do this thing, when I suck in a short breath of air, turn outraged to my husband and exclaim “Is this food…for ants??”.  And this is what the lunch set for Peking Garden (Admiralty branch) felt like.  I’m a massive fan of the Peking Garden in Central – the duck and the golden prawns (battered in salty egg) being the star of the masterpiece.  Due to our host booking the wrong Peking Garden, we ended up at the Admiralty branch today.  Nice plastic lavender hedge outside – wow, is this France or Ancient China? Le Duck Petit?  Well, they definitely got the petit part right.  More expensive, less quality and less quantity – that’s pretty much a fail trifecta.  Maybe I’m a greedy devil (one of our guests declared she was full – my lunch barely touched my sides) but I spent the rest of my afternoon feeling poor, disappointed and empty.  HKD400+ per person, endless bitching with my equally judgmental friend in the afternoon (he  has implored me to make sure to mention the bony anorexic steamed fish with its bulgy eyes) and my end conclusion was that I’d rather have been at the gym.  Usually you only get such basic, average fare in Soho Italian restaurants – but Peking Garden can replicate that mid-levels feeling for you in shiny Pacific Place for another HKD100+.  You don’t need to be psychic to figure out what the verdict is going to be.

The verdict:
FUCK NO.

Where:
208 Duecento Otto
208 Hollywood Road
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Phone number:
+852 2549 0208

The deal:
sub-HKD200ish for entrees/antipasto.  HKD250 – 300ish for mains.  Italian’s always a crapshoot – particularly in Central HK.  People tell you somewhere is good and then you just end up with some pasta that was ok, a pizza that was ok and you’re HKD500 poorer for the whole mediocre affair (but you did have the privilege of declaring to your fellow diners that you ‘totally could have made this at home’).  Anyway – 208’s food was on point.  Pizza wasn’t a doughy greasy mess.  I ate half a chicken – don’t worry, it was fancy as fuck – pine nuts, oregano, orange, all roasted up.  The downside?  Service was a bit spotty – had to resort to making thirsty / hungry faces at the waitstaff periodically to get their attention and had to beg for menus.

The verdict:
Overall – FUCK YEAH.  But hey, 208 if you ever read this, your service gets a FUCK NO.

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