VEA: Franco Chinese Parade (8.8)

VEA is definitely a fitting place to take someone to on special occasions because its sense of ritual and the theater of its service are all top tier even for a city like Hong Kong where dinner bills upwards of $2000 per head are not so uncommon. Before coming to this place I had a… Continue reading VEA: Franco Chinese Parade (8.8)

Old Bazaar Returns (8.5)

I am far from being a connoisseur of South East Asian food, especially of the Singaporean and Malaysian variety, but I do know whether I enjoy a meal. Old Bazaar Kitchen was a genuine surprise, not in a spectacular and aesthetically dazzling way, but in its execution of mostly ordinary dishes with a touch of… Continue reading Old Bazaar Returns (8.5)

Lin Heung Kui: A Taste of Old Hong Kong (8.0)

The morning catching up, small plates sharing and tea drinking ritual of yum cha is part of Hong Kong’s culture and identity. Back in the 80s and early 90s, old ladies would circle around buzzing dining rooms with pushcarts and shout out for attention. While dim sum carts are increasingly hard to spot in Hong… Continue reading Lin Heung Kui: A Taste of Old Hong Kong (8.0)

Eating through the Far North East

As part of my work I spent a few months in the northeastern tip of China, Heilongjiang province, in the winter of 2019 and 2020, where it was practically twenty degrees celsius below zero every day. Other than ice skating on frozen rivers and walking on snow, the only winter activity was staying home or… Continue reading Eating through the Far North East

Charming Red House for Dim Sum (7.6)

Jamie's Italian has finally closed, as did around two dozens of its chain in its native England. Replacing it is Gaia's Redhouse which is a chic new dim sum place that actually offers much more solid food and service than its superficially elegant and ornate décor might initially suggest. It's also a rare opportunity to… Continue reading Charming Red House for Dim Sum (7.6)

Sichuan: Not too hot or greasy (7.0)

Taste of Chuan and Yue opened late in 2019 and specializes primarily in Sichuan and Cantonese (Guangdong) cuisines, a fairly common combination in the city as of late. As far as the Sichuan dishes are concerned, they're pretty up to standard and would qualify as a fine dining version of an otherwise very down-to-earth cuisine.… Continue reading Sichuan: Not too hot or greasy (7.0)

Boutique Sichuanese with Canton twist (7.5)

Whether 1935 appeals to you depends very much on whether you fancy Chinese food with regional influences plus a creative twist. Some people prefer authenticity over fusion and others prefer to go to restaurants that specialize in one particular regional cuisine. Here at 1935 the kitchen meddles with Sichuan flavours, uses wagyu and honey to… Continue reading Boutique Sichuanese with Canton twist (7.5)

Outstanding Cantonese Fare (9.2)

Man Wah, named after the Mandarin Oriental hotel itself in Cantonese Chinese, has remained competitive over the years with marvelous food and services. The menu is extensive and combines the best of modern culinary approaches and traditional flavors. Décor exudes subtle classiness and grandeur, while the small floor space and dim lighting make for a… Continue reading Outstanding Cantonese Fare (9.2)