Rubia: First-rate Spanish fare (9.0)

It's been a while since we've stumbled across a new find that was very much worth our while; when we were leaving the restaurant we had begun planning our next visit and who to bring along. As we walked up the wooden stairs and stepped into Rubia's dining area on the first floor, the dark… Continue reading Rubia: First-rate Spanish fare (9.0)

Grissini: Behind the times (7.6)

Grissini should be on the rota for a lot of people who like Italian food and find its location convenient. But on this visit, I am starting to feel like this is an increasingly dated restaurant that, perhaps intentionally for its existing clientele, is still clinging on a little too strongly to the past. If… Continue reading Grissini: Behind the times (7.6)

Ganguya: Otaku-style izakaya (7.3)

Ganguya literally means "toy store", and the storefront looks exactly like one, with a life-sized ultraman and lots of anime figurines lining the cupboard on display. But once you open the door, you are led down to a basement restaurant that's decorated more like a home than an izakaya. The main dining room is centered… Continue reading Ganguya: Otaku-style izakaya (7.3)

Ishiyama: A guardian of the past (7.0)

Ishiyama used to be a hangout for Japanese expatriates in Hong Kong, and its chef owner has been running the izakaya for over a decade in an old residential building just across Sogo on Lockhart Road. The entrance says "Members Only" but you just book like it was any restaurant and get in. How long… Continue reading Ishiyama: A guardian of the past (7.0)

Mr Brown: Casual smoking and grilling action (7.9)

Mr Brown is a lively restaurant run by the founders behind Francis and continues the concept of a sleek menu with only a handful of dishes to ensure quality and maximum economies of scale. Brown refers to browning from grilling, and as you may have correctly guessed from the title, Mr Brown specializes in just… Continue reading Mr Brown: Casual smoking and grilling action (7.9)

Shunsen Kaihou: A Little Gem (8.3)

If you can't wait to travel to Japan again mainly to eat and to feel like you're in Japan, you might consider paying a visit to Shunsen Kaihou, a small and little known Japanese izakaya in the heart of Causeway Bay. Many diners who frequent the place are Japanese, and the people who run the… Continue reading Shunsen Kaihou: A Little Gem (8.3)

Skye: Charming vibes and solid food (8.0)

Due to something of a misunderstanding from both sides of the family who I assume were both thinking of compromising for the other family, we ended up being uninvited to dinner anywhere on the night of Mid-Autumn festival this year and spent the evening at Skye. Because it's a popular day to dine at home… Continue reading Skye: Charming vibes and solid food (8.0)

Taylor Shellfish: Great All-around (8.5)

Taylor Shellfish Farms is a company that has been in the shellfish farming industry for five generations and when I found out that their focus is very specialized, I felt optimistic about giving them a shot. If you do visit, you will see that amenities and décor are fairly basic at their restaurants and that… Continue reading Taylor Shellfish: Great All-around (8.5)

Chaiwala: Good hospitality, OK food (7.2)

Chaiwala takes up the space that previously housed Zafran, a huge Spanish tapas restaurant with a nice bar and great ambience, and the area still feels more or less the same despite some décor tweaks and change in furniture. I get the sense that the mainstream view is that Chaiwala is a great, hip place… Continue reading Chaiwala: Good hospitality, OK food (7.2)

Sara: A Real Gem (9.0)

9.0 is an extremely high rating from me. But Sara deserves it. A review on the restaurant is long overdue, as we have been visiting this restaurant a dozen times since summer began. Sometimes I tend to leave out restaurants that become our canteen, not only so that we can keep the good place to… Continue reading Sara: A Real Gem (9.0)