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It's a Chinese culture for families to gather together on Sundays and enjoy a nice meal. As a tradition, all yum-cha restaurants would be fully packed on the day. Today was nonetheless the same. We arrived at 12noon - peak time for lunch and hoped to find a seat somewhere. Not surprisingly, queues were lining outside every single Chinese restaurants like 湘川滬, 鴻星, 皇廷, 翠園 which were all situated at 7/F and 8/F in grand century place. The least number of tables that we had to wait for a small table was 22...
In the midst of the crowd, we spotted this japanese restaurant, 80% empty
hoping that it's because of the unwillingness to depart from the tradition yum-cha instead of its quality, we decided to give it a go.
The setting was indeed unsuitable for family gathering, but great for couples. Due to the lack of people, it's rather quiet, or positively saying, tranquil ambiance. As traditional japanese restaurants, the lightings were not as bright as chinese ones as well. We were given a menu, 3 pages, and were told that those were the only dishes available for lunch. There wasn't any sunday specials, mostly were 定食 - at attractive price of around $70-80 per set. It would be great if they could provide a la carte so families/friends could share food, and they could definitely earn more as well
We wanted sushi, and...nope sorry
Rather disappointed, we opted for other snacks. give credit where credit is due - this egg roll was fab. it was a bit rough when we looked at it, however as we bit into it, the egg was actually soft and smooth. It was a delightful combination with cheese and mentaiko. The subtle sweetness made it alluring. It was the first dish delivered, towards the completion of our meal, we were delivered another plate, apparently they made a mistake and we were told that the chef mistakenly made an extra one. To avoid "wastage", we decided to have it! At the cost of our bill of course
This is another dish that deserves praise. A straightforward rendition without any tricks. The deep fried soft chicken bones were golden brown, crunchy, not too oily yet juicy. All you look for in this simple starter was presented at only $18! It was encored immediately
Salmon sashimi, grilled salmon and strands of fried eggs are the combination of this three-colour set. They were served side-by-side as you can see from the picture. Nothing too fancy, expected taste. Since they didn't serve salmon sashimi a la carte, I wasn't expecting too much from the salmon. It was fresh, but not too juicy, mediocre at best. The grilled salmon was lukewarm, slightly below average standard as it wasn't tender and pretty bland... The sushi rice was amazingly lovable
moist and chewy, definitely augmented this dish overall. It was generously portioned as well. The set also came with a steamed egg custard, it was smooth but we didn't like sour egg so it was left untouched.
The staff especially brought our attention to this dish, mentioning that it was sour, which is of my liking and escalated my expectation. It came with a nice pot that was heating upon delivery. We had to wait like 5 mins before uncovering it. I simply couldn't understand why it bothered with all the gimmick when everything was simply distinctive off-note. It wasn't sour because of the tomatoes, it was austere salty. The pork was stale and coarse, soup was queasy. No excuses were made for the lackluster performance of this effortless dish.
We only ordered this after the drab tomato pot. Sadly, it was a grave implication of the chef's skill. The pork bone ramen was again too salty, could taste the MSG straight away, which made me questioned the chef's tastebud (or maybe he didn't bother foodtasting at all). The noodles were close to al dente, but not enough to pull up the standard of this dish. The soup clang too much on the noodles which made it way too heavy. The miso soup, awkwardly, was decent - a flovourful broth that wasn't salty! We dipped the noodles to the miso soup and managed to finish the noodles. We would definitely call it an accomplishment
The fried chicken was average, pulled down by the soup as well as made it soggy. It should really served separately to conserve its juiciness.
In addition, the service was not flattering given the lack of customers, not attentive at all and we had to cue for water adding; they were "so eager" to collect our menus as if not enough were printed for a mass of customers-_- All I could say at the end of this experience was.. 虎頭蛇尾
Understood why it didn't "dare" to charge at a higher price in such a decent place. Grateful that waiting time was saved but we immediately went to auntie anne's to make sure our stomachs were satisfied and filled. How about simply extend one of the Chinese restaurants to its location and save the public's time
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Dec 11, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD80(Lunch)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3
I have heard of Red Ant before but I thought they offer food like Eurogogo: quick, readily-made western sets, it was a pleasant surprise to find the range of different styles of food available. A decent setting but there were this group of teenagers chatting quite loudly and a few families with children, so won't really recommend couples spending time there.
I enjoyed reading their menu as it was nicely printed and colourful, the proportion of photos to dishes was comparatively higher than average restaurants.
Without having read any of its food reviews beforehand, I was attracted by the self mix-and-match noodles and chose 髮絲麵 with 椰香海鮮辣湯 and 豬頸肉. Amazing, it is among one of the top preferences. It was said that the 髮絲麵 was home-made. I found it a bit too soft, it was really thin as well, couldn't absorb much flavour from the soup nor provide a gratifying texture.
The soup on the other hand was better, it was normal to have anticipated a sweet aroma of coconut and a refreshing spice from the description of the soup and that was more or less what was delivered.
The level of MSG was acceptable as I didn't have to drink in cups of water when I got home. Not going to compare pork's neck meat with those from Thai restaurants, so I'll just say it was average. Not too roasted, quite tender. The lettuce, though, tasted a bit bitter
quite childish, but mix-and-match is fun!
Dad wanted a dish with lamb steak originally but after about 5 mins, they came to tell us that it was sold out..so he asked the waiter for a suggestion and chose the 牛魔王焗飯. The English translation is Baked Rice with Short Rib & Beef Brisket in Black Pepper Sauce. The delivery of this dish was unexpected. Sadly, negatively. I wondered how the cream cheese came its way to this dish. Black pepper was used in seasoning but definitely not a sauce. After screening other food reviews which one of them in fact contained a photo of this dish, I'm positive that they made the wrong order. Oh well, dad did not complain. However, he did comment that he had never eaten that much parts of a cow in a single dish. Besides short rib and beef brisket, there were beef tendon, beef shoulder chops. Not a bad comment, but disappointingly, all parts were overcooked and could be seen with bare eyes directly without trying them.
We asked for a set to come with our main course and we could choose to have a salad/soup plus a drink. I had the 吞拿魚薯仔沙律配牛油果醬while dad had a 雜菜湯. The soup was a bit too oily while the salad a bit too sweet, I was quite surprise to see shrimps in the salad
$28 with a drink
A meal is never complete without something sweet. My dad wasn't into anything so I just ordered a ginger souffle. It was bracketed to be a 2-person share but nonetheless I finished it entirely myself.
It didn't come as a perfect dome shape(was it because I ordered less sweet so less sugar used? advice needed from someone who knows baking) but the light brown colour was satisfactory. It had a strong scent of egg and quite bouncy when poked with folk. However, once I broke into the souffle, it was quite obvious that it deflated without the support of the container. The outer layer could also be separated. The inner part was somewhat fluffy but there was tiny bit of egg not well mixed and solid pieces felt. The ginger flavour was too subtle as well.
Wanted a quick dinner with dad so just went straight into the restaurant next to where our car was parked, however my 椰汁雪花糕紅豆沙 took about 10mins to prepare before delivering to us. We forgot about the drinks so ordered them towards the end of the meal..
I was lighten up a bit when I first saw the drink after waiting for such a long time(our table was all cleared by the time it got to us) as the ice was crushed to blend in with the coconut milk. Not too sweet but definitely high calories consumed. I don't really know how to describe the texture of 雪花糕, it's some kind of agar i guess, quite mushy instead of chewy so not really my type
The red beans wasn't those big fat ones of course, so not a big deal. However, it was quite disappointing that they paired the drink with such an ordinary sized straw as it was impossible to drink smoothly without having to "clear" the bottom of the straw while drinking. Not hard at all to get those fat straws with a larger diameter. The red bean and agar just happened to stuck its way all the time.
Not too special, should spend the calories quota elsewhere!
special drinks - $25, $12 with set
The overall pricing was reasonable, I guess it was our fault since we were hurrying so didn't quite bother to check the price and worthiness of the additions so came up to a bill of $266 as a result. Not too worthy for a meal of this quality.
p.s. 唔記得check單, 計多左個餐湯=$28+10%=$30.8
Date of Visit: Oct 30, 2011 Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3
It's pretty considerate to give the authentic Chinese tea cup a nice cute handle as people with larger hands often find it difficult to gently lift the cup. In order to distinguish it from western tea cup, it is smaller in size, such that the volume can maintain more or less similar to the ones used by ordinary Chinese restaurants. The overall setting was pretty classy but not to the extent where you would feel intimidated to not behave in a way gentleman/lady-like.
They have included the descriptions of some of their special dishes on their menu; this appetizer was one of them. There were details of their history, origination, ingredients, procedures of making them etc. Informative to acquire more knowledge about Chinese dishes and a way to "spend" time if you have to wait for your friends. 牛耳酥 is a Chinese traditional snack made with 南乳 and flour, nothing related to cow. It was quite crunchy yet not oily and just slightly sweetened. Didn't dare to have too many to leave quota for the upcoming dishes
We tend to order whatever food not being delivered in ordinary plates and bowls
The rice was a bit hard, ingredients mainly were diced chicken and mushroom. Although deeply coloured, soy sauce gave credit to its main flavour. I guess it was there for the purpose simply replacing white rice instead of showcasing the standard of dishes offered by this restaurant.
We were pretty indecisive between this and XO醬鑊仔炒蘿蔔糕. Decided to go with the prior as sis was having pimples.. After viewing the OR reviews, it was obviously the right choice due to its popularity! Of course, credit is only given where credit is due. The steamed turnip pudding was nicely seasoned, not bland at all. Mum was worried that it would be soggy but it turned out to be rich in fillings with dried shrimp, mushroom, preserved meat etc. The generous 瑤柱 provided really brought out the sweetness of the turnip and the finely diced meat added texture to each bite. Neither the meat nor the pastry felt oily, you could further add soy sauce for additional sweetness if you like. I totally welcome the use of basin as it totally brought a scene to the table although it was quite shallow in comparison. Nonetheless, it was enough for the share between the four of us. However, it would be better if the turnip strands were shredded more exquisitely, as right now, they were pretty thick(in 條狀 instead of 絲狀) and you could easily identify the turnip from the paste.
This was a mistake made and a repetitive lesson learnt again. We just never learn from mistakes eh? Ordered in the middle of our meal when we saw a waiter delivering the dish to another table as it appeared mouthwatering. It looks good even in the photo
It came in the serving of 3 and guess what, we ended up leaving 2 behind and only managed to swallow 1 in, which was shared between dad and sis. According to them, it had the taste of flour soaked in deep fried oil with coated sugar. It would have tasted bland if not for the sugar sprinkled on top. Although it was hot and most likely freshly fried, the inner content was hard, not enough air to give a bouncy texture.
We laughed-out-loud when we saw the (小心) imprinted on the menu as a description of this yummy custard bun. Indeed, never attempt to bite directly towards the center unless your tongue is heatproof.
Love the sweetness, the hotness and most importantly, the soft pillowy dough. As it was hot, we had to gently bring it over to our plates and once it was halved it in two, our mouths had to react quickly to avoid losing any golden molten custard that was finally released. Wouldn't say this was the best as I could see grease from the custard (obviously was lard as it could greatly bring out the flavour of egg yolk) but I have tried ones which masked well the grease due to accurate measurement of the mixtures. Also, actually I prefer the ones which have stronger flavour of salty yolk which give a more complex sensation.
I literally consumed half bucket myself simply because the rest of them weren't that interested in sweet dishes (they protested that there were too many..where do my genes for sweets come from-.-). It was inconsiderate to provide only one spoon for both the syrup and the brown sugar as you can clearly imagine what would turn out
Nonetheless, it was really smooth and slipped down my throat easily. I attempted to slice off each layer like how they usually do; it would be best if the waiters could offer to serve at least for the first round if not for the whole basin
Also known as mille-feuille. This is the ultimate reason I brought my family to this restaurant as we have a little inside joke of our own about napoleon cake=P. This was in fact what we ordered once we sat down and we told the waiter to deliver the order immediately but apparently they overheard our request and we ended up having to wait for about 10mins after the whole meal was completed. My family(except me) was not exposed to the photos of this enormous napoleon cake beforehand so they have never expected such a scene when being delivered! They were astonished at the size and greatly appraised this nicely made dessert. Every layer was clearly visible including the custard, fruits and the multi-layered puff pastry. I have read comments about its difficulty in slicing as it was expected to flake when being separated but we were quite successful in dividing it and each of us received a quarter of this gigantic "structure". The puff pastry was light, thin and crispy but not too oily as they didn't have a greased appearance. The custard had a well balanced vanilla taste and creamy smooth texture. The fruits consist of blueberries, watermelons, strawberries, dragon fruits etc. I only liked strawberries, the rest to me were a bit weird. I wouldn't say it was a magnificent dessert as it wasn't exactly rich in flavour but definitely worth seeing and trying it once. In fact, the cotton candy strips that garnished the napoleon were amazingly delicious.
We all agreed that its value exceeded the amount it costs and conquered it entirely!
We were really satisfied with the service provided that we completed a customers' feedback form (requested for one ourselves).The waiters were attentive and friendly.
Although tables were not especially far apart from one another, it was not noisy(ah jie shouting here and there><) as we could chat comfortably. A place recommended if you were to dine with non-Chinese visitors of Hong Kong as it was not expensive, not crowded; incorporated to their menu were signature yum-cha dishes as well as some western comfort food as a nice round up. More importantly, a chance to experience the fusion we locals have invented. We could see few tables of westerners really enjoying themselves! Good job "hong kong" maxim
fyi, no reservation available in the weekends but we didn't have to wait at all so feel at ease to visit the place even during Sundays
Date of Visit: Oct 30, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD90(Lunch)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4
this is the decade in which individuals are set apart based on networking and relationships. to me, the value of a dining experience depends on the advance in bonding one obtained instead of the effort the chef put in (of coz, that matters as well, but not that lasting).
i guess, for a university student, the purpose of these couple of years is all about finding the future path and direction rather than the arbitrary figures found on one's transcript. to keep it short, one insightful breakfast worths more than the countess hours in the lecture theatres.
in case you weren't aware of, only 3-4 cova in hong kong provide breakfast service. being a "kowloon person", it was the first time i visited the cwb cova.
altho it was a saturday morning, there werent many customers and the tables were set apart thus the tranquil ambiance made it a perfect place for communication(quite a formal word used as i didnt imagine i would have the chance to talk to this superior guest of my mum's frd. serious business here, not chitchatting
located away from the crowded timesquare
the choices of breakfast selection was a typical one, with the four of us, two of us chose the omelette prosciutto cotto & formaggio
, a uova strappazzate & salmone affumicato
(mine) and a uova in camicia all'olandese
. in order to act "professional"
in a "business-like meeting", i didnt dare to take my camera out in front of the guest so sorry, no photos this time.
scrambled eggs wrapped in thin slice smoked salmon garnish with caviar that came with my set was palatable. i am not a fan of eggs, to some extend, i actually have egg-phobia. yet, i managed to finish the whole plate this time! why? simply becoz the straightforward rendition of wrapping the completely cooked yet fluffy scrambled eggs in smoked salmon got rid of the yolky taste it usually has. the lightly salted caviar did the job of the usual way of adding pepper to scrambled eggs as well as adorned the dish. hope that i could take a photo the next time i encore this dish.
the poached eggs were as appealing as my salmon scrambled egg but as juicy egg yolk is still a barrier to me, i wouldnt say it was appetizing
couldn't comment on the taste as i didnt try them.
the omelette was simply an omelette. mediocre at best, not much to pick on nor to appraise but definitely a bit drab without much thought on garnishment. in order to sustain the fine image of cova, it should really find ways to improve
toasts were included in all the sets, my mum changed hers to croissant(you have to ask the more senior waitress for the arrangement as we were first rejected by a supposedly less senior waitress). anyways, could choose between brown and white bread. sigh! they were poorly presented to the table
all the toasts(6 slices+1 croissant) were placed on a plain white plate. very thin, not completely toasted. my dear cova, is this what you've got!?
in order to uphold its image in me, i will approach its bakery sooner or later(please be good). yes, i'm bias towards the reputation it established.
fresh grapefruit/orange juice at your pick. no sugar added to my grapefruit juice yet sweet
a nice english breakfast tea to sum up the meal. accept it or not, i only drink coffee at night when i need to work. no matter how long i've slept, i'm always energetic in the day time
as a matter of fact, the "breakfast" lasted for slightly more than 3 hours(even longer than my numerous encountered dessert buffet). will visit it again in no time but more for its all along signature desserts
for breakfast, would like to tryout other options for the meantime. nonetheless..a beam of light emerging through the mist of my future path^^
english breakfast tea
breakfast menu(not available on its website)
Date of Visit: Oct 22, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD130(Breakfast)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3
Grand century plaza has a nice food court if you managed to get a seat. Quite spacious, modern and not too noisy even if it’s filled with people. However, if you arrive during the lunch hour of students from the school nearby, it is unlikely that you could get a seat without having to squeeze… There’s a playground outside, with the full-length transparent glass, the atmosphere is indeed pleasant.
Simply pleasant watching kids enjoying themselves
Spacious even with an additional row of tables
TV with informative news~
There is a range of food you can choose from, thai, jap, fastfood, singap, hk etc etc. Why on earth would I end up choosing this lousy restaurant
I ordered 什錦沙鍋. It is said to be spicy but in fact there was simply chilly oil that produced a hottish colour but it tasted nothing at all. There was only some minced pork with sliced fungi and bean curd. It looked nice at first sight but was simply bland. A serious disappointment
but definitely cheap in nowadays inflation(renders it a "ok" instead of "cry"). Many students nonetheless support its food, I think it has better 鐵板燒飯 and I would want to give it a second chance by trying its signature dish - 沙鍋雞
only "looked" nice
Last but not least, a lot of different special taiwanese drinks available with sets, I think the students are fans of them~
Date of Visit: Oct 17, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD26Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3