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叉燒蝦仁炒飯: 粒粒分明不油膩。叉燒的甜味,荵香味及新鮮蝦仁的鮮味滲入飯內。正! 叉燒蝦仁炒飯: 粒粒分明不油膩。叉燒的甜味,荵香味及新鮮蝦仁的鮮味滲入飯內。正!
蝦餃: 接近【金葉庭】及【欣圖軒】。不錯。 蝦餃: 接近【金葉庭】及【欣圖軒】。不錯。
酸辣湯:很新鮮足料。$88不便宜但可以一試。 酸辣湯:很新鮮足料。$88不便宜但可以一試。
叉燒蝦仁炒飯,腐皮卷,酸辣湯
Date
2012-06-10
We spent...
Approx. HK$200 (Lunch)
23
JUL 12

點心好吃。酒店餐廳來說價錢合理。
環境優雅不造作。服務專業,有禮,有笑容。值得推介。
Good Food, Great View & Great Service.
Elegant, Smart yet casual. Great choice for relaxed fine dining.
Highly recommended.

>>>

Last stop for this summer:

My in-laws were in Hong Kong for a few days. As we all know, treating in-laws to meals is never an easy task, especially when they are from Japan, a country where almost everyone is a stern gourmet. chopstick

We were thinking about "Yan Toh Heen 【欣圖軒】" initially. But since it was raining, we decided to find something near Hotel Nikko, where they were staying. I recently saw quite a number of reviews by veteran reviewers of Hotel ICON. So we decided to give "Above & Beyond" a try. I'm happy to report that this is a place I could recommend anyone for a fine lunch and possibly dinner.

We arrived at 11:30 am. Because we didn't have a prior booking, we were only allocated 45 minutes Σ(゚д゚lll)! I tried to wrangle for 15 minutes more but the reception lady maintained her smile and politness but firm. We obliged.

After walking past a lovely lounge/bar area adorned with chess sets, books on design,

晚上八時後Club Lounge開放給大眾。

晚上八時後Club Lounge開放給大眾。 - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
晚上八時後Club Lounge開放給大眾。


oriental history and Chinese terra cotta armies,

Above & Beyond's photo in Tsim Sha Tsui )
we arrived at the dining area.

整潔。抬與抬之間有私人空間。背窗位都有鏡子反映景觀。體貼,以客為本。讚!

整潔。抬與抬之間有私人空間。背窗位都有鏡子反映景觀。體貼,以客為本。讚! - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
整潔。抬與抬之間有私人空間。背窗位都有鏡子反映景觀。體貼,以客為本。讚!


We were immediately taken aback by the natural lighting and lovely view in front of us. shocked lol

Even seats which were facing away from the window could see the view because of a well placed mirror reflecting the view behind the diner. As far as I'm aware, the only other restaurants at TST which had this attention to detail are AQUA and Felix (the bar, not the cat).

最緊要有前景。

最緊要有前景。 - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
最緊要有前景。
They had a set lunch menu, about 6-8 pages of a la carte dishes (about 10 dishes per page, mostly Cantonese cuisines) and a small selection, that is, about 60 types of Dim Sum (the standard stuff plus Roast meat, Xiao Lung Bao and congee, mostly traditional Cantonese style dim sum).

The friendly waitress introduced the set menu to us. The set menu consisted of three dim sum and three main courses with soup, Chinese tea and dessert. It's about HK$296 per person ( minimum order - two persons). A complimentary steamed fish is included if you order 4 or more sets.

四位以上的廣東大餐 多條魚。

四位以上的廣東大餐 多條魚。 - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
四位以上的廣東大餐 多條魚。
Because we were't too hungry, we did not order what we felt to be pretty a substantive set meal so we ordered a la carte instead.

We ordered "Shrimp paste and bamboo shoos wrapped in fried bean curd" (Or simply, "Bean Curd" roll), "Abalone Chicken congee with fish maw", "Shrimp dumplings", "Xiao Lung Bao" (again), three bowls of "Char Siu Shrimp Fried Rice", two bowls of "Spicy and Sour soup" and one "Sweet and Sour Pork".

First came the Bean Curd Rolls , followed shortly afterwards by the Xiao Lung Bao and Prawn Dumplings

腐皮卷: 比眾多酒店中餐廳優勝很多。皮脆不膩富有豆香。蝦滑很有鮮味。小籠包一般。

腐皮卷: 比眾多酒店中餐廳優勝很多。皮脆不膩富有豆香。蝦滑很有鮮味。小籠包一般。 - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
腐皮卷: 比眾多酒店中餐廳優勝很多。皮脆不膩富有豆香。蝦滑很有鮮味。小籠包一般。
The Bean Curd Rolls were very good! shocked When we all had our first bite, we were immediately impressed by the quality of the bean curds, and the fillings inside.

It was crispy but not overcooked and had a very refreshing soy bean taste, which is not easy. It's easy to be either too oily or too burnt. This was neither.

Those were wrapped with very fresh and sweet shrimp paste! The combination was very nice. This is one of the best "fu pei kuen" I've ever tried in Hong Kong hotel restaurants, much better than Spring Moon 【嘉麟樓】in Peninsula, Yan Toh Heen【欣圖軒】, Summer Palace 【夏宮】and Golden Leaf 【金葉庭】...etc. Recommended.

Xiao Lung Bao: A stock choice for my Japanese relatives, indeed, most Japanese friends. It looked decent. The meat was fairly marinated and was tender. However, there wasn't too much juice inside. Not as good as the Xiao Lung Bao specialists like "Ting Tai Fung" 【鼎泰峰】or "Crystal Jade" 【翡翠拉麵小籠飽】but decent. However, I'll recommend sticking to the Cantonese dim sum here.

Congee:

Unfortunately, the congee was a bit bland and didn't have much taste. I didn't even take a photograph of it. Don't worry about skipping it. The congee at "Canton Tea House" 【廣東茶居】at Harbour City or "Praise House Congee & Noodle Cuisine" 【譽居】at I-Square are much better. Those are congee specialists so it's not comparable.

Shrimp dumplings:

蝦餃: 接近【金葉庭】及【欣圖軒】。不錯。

蝦餃: 接近【金葉庭】及【欣圖軒】。不錯。 - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
蝦餃: 接近【金葉庭】及【欣圖軒】。不錯。
The shrimp dumplings were nice but not the best. I find the dough slightly thick for my liking. However, the most important part of the shrimp dumpling, namely, the shrimp, was fresh, crisp and had shrimp taste. Good. Still, much better than Summer Palace and approaching those I've tried at Yan Toh Heen or Golden Leaf.

Fried rice:

叉燒蝦仁炒飯: 粒粒分明不油膩。叉燒的甜味,荵香味及新鮮蝦仁的鮮味滲入飯內。正!

叉燒蝦仁炒飯: 粒粒分明不油膩。叉燒的甜味,荵香味及新鮮蝦仁的鮮味滲入飯內。正! - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
叉燒蝦仁炒飯: 粒粒分明不油膩。叉燒的甜味,荵香味及新鮮蝦仁的鮮味滲入飯內。正!
The fried rice was very good. The taste was on the light side. The flavour came from the aromatic rice, fresh spring onions and from the marinated meat fragrance from the char siu only. It's not too oily. The rice were separate from each other. One way to distinguish between good fried rice and not so good fried rice is the consistency of each rice. They shouldn't be soggy but should be slightly dry and wholly separate from each other. This is recommended. lolchopstick

We were talking about the fried rice even as we were heading towards the air-port! smile

chopstickTalking about fried rice, I've read from a book on the general cultural differences between Chinese and Japanese is that Chinese is compared to fried rice - big group on the outside but everyone is in fact separate and striving for individuality. Each piece of rice has it's unique flavour and the strength comes from each person individual (as opposed to a group). On the other hand, Japanese is compared to onigiri (rice balls) - strength in numbers and tightly knit. Bland individually, but the flavour comes from the combination of all ingridients. Not sure whether the generalization is correct myself but nevertheless quite an interesting way to approach the differences. shockedbowl

Sweet and Sour Pork:

有創意的o古o魯肉。味道一般。

有創意的o古o魯肉。味道一般。 - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
有創意的o古o魯肉。味道一般。
I was wondering at first whether the wrong dish came as I didn't see any pineapple on the dish and the meatballs didn't look crispy.

You won't see any pineapples outside because it's wrapped inside! !(◎_◎;) A very interesting concept indeed.

Unfortuantely, the interesting concept wasn't matched by the taste. The pork taste was slightly stale and the pineapple wasn't sweet enough. The other part was quite crispy. It was just ok. I wouldn't recommend this.

Spicy and Sour soup:

酸辣湯:很新鮮足料。$88不便宜但可以一試。

酸辣湯:很新鮮足料。$88不便宜但可以一試。 - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
酸辣湯:很新鮮足料。$88不便宜但可以一試。
"Suen Laat Tong" which had a lot of ingredients inside the broth. The spiciness was a bit toned down. Less spicy than most suen laat tong you get in small Shanghainese eateries. HK$88 is not cheap but it had very fresh ingredients inside. Very fresh shrimps, Bamboo shoots, Shredded Pork, Black Fungi, Chinese mushrooms, Sliced Egg, possibly some fish maw. Also worth a try.

The service was extremely efficient. Our food arrived very soon after we've ordered. We did manage to finish our quick lunch within 45 minutes. However, no one urged us to leave but we kept our promises. smile

The bill came down to the lucky 777 plus 10 percent, which I regard as quite reasonable for the quality of the food, the very good service, the environment and the view.

As we left, I asked whether non-hotel residents could use the lounge area for drinks. I was told that it's open to the public after 8:00 p.m. Great news! I'll definitely try it sometime. smile

世事如棋 局局新。

世事如棋 局局新。 - Above & Beyond in Tsim Sha Tsui )
世事如棋 局局新。


Conclusion:

Most of the dim sums were very good. The fried rice was very good too.

Very polite and efficient service. Everyone served with a smile.smile

Fine dining without the stuffiness and the burnt hole in your wallet! Just make sure you book in advance.

Highly recommended! lolchopstick

This was a great last stop in Hong Kong for the in-laws. They even decided to stay here next time ! lol

chopstickI heard that most, if not all, of the staff here are students of hotel management run by PolyU. If that's the case, that's excellent new for Hong Kong's service industry! chopstickHong Kong is previously known for sometimes rough services (possibly a heritage from colonial times tongue). This is definitely a great step forward for Hong Kong.

Definitely an ICON to be proud of! lol

chopstick

總評:

岳父母本次旅港最後一站。原想試【欣圖軒】但太大雨。想起各位食評家對ICON的【天外天】的評語不錯,所以"博一鋪"。結果非常幸運。lol

因沒有訂位所以只有45分鐘吃。shocked 但因服務很有效率所以沒有問題。亦不會赶。

環境: 整潔。優雅不造作。抬與抬之間有私人空間。背窗位都有鏡子反映景觀。明顯體貼及以客為本。值得一讚!

食物 (單點):

腐皮卷: 比眾多酒店中餐廳優勝很多。皮脆不膩富有豆香。蝦滑很有鮮味。

小籠包: 一般。當然專門店做得較好。肉味OK但肉汁不多。

o古o魯肉: 有創意但味道一般。豬肉不夠鮮。釀在肉丸內的菠蘿太小。不推介。

蝦餃: 蝦很有鮮味。印象中有筍片。不錯。接近【金葉庭】及【欣圖軒】。

鮑魚雞粥:很清淡。不算太入味。OK。 附近的【廣東茶居】或【譽居】較好。

酸辣湯:味道不太濃烈。但很新鮮足料。$88不便宜但可以一試。

叉燒蝦仁炒飯: 粒粒分明不油膩。叉燒的甜味,荵香味及新鮮蝦仁的鮮味滲入飯內。正! 推介!

埋單幸運數字777。酒店餐廳來說價錢合理。

服務:據聞多數職員都是讀酒店管理的學生。他們專業,有禮,有笑容又有效率。比半島及很多其他酒店優勝! 香港服務業有希望!
Above & Beyond's photo in Tsim Sha Tsui )
經過這次正面的經驗後,岳父母決定與他們的朋友下次捨棄日航酒店而選擇Hotel ICON! lol

誠意推介! lol chopstick

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