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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Catalunya - Sunday brunch with a lot of spectacle and excellent service

Catalunya was definitely one of the hottest restaurants to open in Hong Kong last year - so for a Sunday lunch I gathered my folks for a stuff-yourself-silly meal...


Tim's Kitchen

Admittedly this is a very belated post, a visit made last October, but a post nonetheless! Happy New Year everybody - the holiday period was definitely enjoyable for me, being a glutton and all....hope all of yours was too!

Braised pomelo skin with shrimp roes ($80/pc)
Really good - not to get into the whole cooking process but the soaking of the skin to remove its bitterness alone takes around 3 days... since this is something I wouldn't bother doing, this is one dish I like ordering. The shrimp roes were fragrant too and seasoning was just right. 

Chilled marinated goose meat roll ($54)
Not a big fan of beancurd skin but I liked the filling - different textures and flavours made for a delicious bite.

Choice of 2 BBQ meat: BBQ pork and roasted crispy baby pork belly ($118)
BBQ pork (char siu) was mediocre at best, lacking both sweet and salty flavours, charred bits and wasn't quite tender enough; but that clear five-layered roasted pork belly was as glorious as last time.

Double-boiled winter melon soup with shrimps, yunnan ham, crab meat, fungus ($550/7 servings)
In line with the end-of-summer heat, we pre-ordered this bad boy to share. Luscious winter melon meat with fresh seafood and quality ham... lovely!
Deboned Eight Treasure Duck ($500)
This was fall-off-the-bone tender, one can easily cut through the meat with a spoon. Well-seasoned and something worth ordering in advance for.
Barley, chesnuts, green beans, lotus seeds, gingko nuts, egg yolk and various offal including liver.
From a previous visit: 
Two barbeque selection ($118) - BBQ pork and roasted baby pork belly
Oven-baked chicken with preserved vegetables wrapped in lotus leaf ($450)
This chicken was one of the better Chinese-style chicken dishes I've had. Very tender chicken with basically no fat between the skin and meat, and full-on flavours coming from the bird itself and saltiness from the preserved vegetables. I'll be ordering this again.
Tim's Kitchen deserves its popularity. I have yet to try the taro puff with sliced duck and the fried glutinous rice,  and will definitely be back for those!

Food: ♥♥1/2
Price: About HK$300-400
G/F & 1/F, 84-90 Bonham Strand,
Sheung Wan 
Hong Kong
T: +852 2543 5919 (bookings highly recommended, many dishes require at least a day's notice) 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Chicha in pictures - one of my favourite spots in town

I've been to Chicha several times now and each time the food (well, almost every dish) is executed well and I love the intensity of flavours in the dishes...

Pisco sours

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Best pastrami in NYC?

Guess where I am? 

that queue... all day, every day.
I'm at none other than the famed Katz's deli, which is known to have queues at any time of the day. However, I don't think they are anywhere comparable to the queues of Hong Kong's Ichiran... yes my home city is some crazy queue-loving place. 

Anyway, my belief is that one cannot have truly "eaten" NYC without visiting a proper deli... and since I've heard too much about this place it was only righteous that I paid a visit to Katz's.


I think I just might have found my new favorite sushi heaven. I won't waste your time by giving you a full-on intro on Kishoku, but if you are interested in a little background information, just read this article. We came just before last order and sat at the sushi counter. Our sushi chef came and introduced the menu and recommended we try the deluxe sushi platter... This was what we had come for and so we happily went along.

lunch menu

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Other delicious bits and pieces of NYC

 Other eats I'd highly recommend and would revisit on my next trip to New York:

Wafels & Dinges
Belgian waffle
 topped with Speculoos (caramelized cookie butter), strawberries and banana... best breakfast/snack EVER.

 Bouchon Bakery
Big macs...

Raspberry lemon macaron
Dark chocolate macaron
 So freshy and flavours so balanced, hands down better than any macaron I've had in Hong Kong.


Drip coffee
La Colombe and Blue Bottle Coffee are must-visits for coffee aficionados.

Vegetable station menu
Pinzimonio - bagna cauda dip with a range of raw and cooked veggies
Italian seafood soup from the seafood station

Even the coffee at Eataly is really good! 

Shack stack burger
Cheeseburger and a 'Shroom burger topped with lettuce, tomato and shack sauce. Cardinal sin not to try this dish. I went to the Madison Square Park branch, of course! 

Cut in half
 I loved the fried portabella mushroom stuffed with cheese. Any vegetarians would be very happy eating just this between their buns with the shack sauce and a frozen custard. Ahhhhhhh. 

really good pizza
"Calzone" ($24/16-inch) - tomato sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, mushrooms, spicy salami, ham, basil
"Tartufata" ($23/16-inch) -  tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushroom and black truffle pate
The closest version to Luzzo's pizza base in Hong Kong would be 208 Duecento Otto's but still Luzzo's was a mile a head and at basically half the price?! Incomparable. 

Look at the crazy assortment of savoury and sweet spreads!

MINE: lox cream cheese, lox, onions, tomatoes on everything bagel.

Big Gay Ice Cream 

My "Salty Pimp" of vanilla ice cream cone, dulce de leche, sea salt and dipped in chocolate
 This ice cream truck turned shop is hugely popular and any time of the day you'll find at queue. We were quite disturbed by a homeless man but we were determined to get our sweet fix.... And was it worth it? Well my salty-sweet-cold-creamy combo was definitely worth it!
Cousin's "Mermaid" - Vanilla ice cream, key lime curd, crushed graham crackers and whipped cream
This post was incredibly hard to write, mostly because many of the tasty foods on here I can no longer eat... fingers crossed my allergy will go away and get my flights booked for my next trip! ;)

A truly happy meal... Liberty Private Works

For my birthday this year N kindly booked Liberty Private Works for a few of my best (foodie) friends and myself - this meal was truly unforgettable (the food, the company) and I have no idea why I had waited so long to visit - this will definitely not be my last!