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Great Food Great Ambience and Great Service Dec 15, 2012
I seldom write food review as it's a lot of effort to write, even harder as I can't type chinese... but I just thought this place is worth sharing. My friend recommend me to this place several times as I thought I'll give it a try.
Decor: I was quite surprised by the nice decor, there is indoor and outdoor seating area. I personally think Outdoor is better when the weather is nice and the atmosphere is quite cozy. The choice of music is also nice. The atmosphere is chilled and fun like attending a friend's party.
Beverage: They have an extensive alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks menu. I ordered a Pineapple Sake, and was surprised by how strong it is. As usually cocktail is very sweet and watered down, their alcoholic drinks are the real thing, so if you crave for alcohol that's where you want to go.
Food: We didn't bother to study the menu so the waiter kindly recommend some dishes which turns out to be great.
There is another variation of that which is 黒豚pork with 巨峰提子 Kyoho grapes, very interesting as it's sweet and salty at the same time so I recommend.
Also another appetizer the waiter recommend was a chicken and cucumber salad which is quite refreshing as well.
Supplementary Information:FYI even the washroom is nice and clean which is a positive surprise for a upstair restaurant.
Recommended Dish(es): 烤玉子,蟶子,黒豚巨峰提子
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Dec 14, 2012
Value for Money5
Oh 夜! Late night Smooth Sichuan Style Sep 23, 2012
營業時間長，開得夠夜 (3 am!)
Yakitori/Sichuan Barbecue place;
Many good quality seafood items;
Comfy, Chill-out lounge with large drinks selection;
Alfresco dining available - Open till very late!
This was a complete random choice. We decided to use the OpenRice Map function to locate interesting skewer restaurants in the TST area. This only had two comments but were all positive so we decided to try it out.
It turned out to be a very pleasant find.
Located inside a commercial building, right above a "Japanese Members Only" Club with "Ma Ma Saki" in the house (I'm not sure whether its against the law in Hong Kong to have a "Japanese" or "Hong Kongers" only place - but I'm sure my wife won't let me check it out personally. )
Anyway, the place was about half the size of "Hachirin". About 15 indoor table seats, 12 bar seats and, true to it's name, about 20 or more Alfresco tables.
The interesting thing about this place is that they will dim the lights down and a partition will be drawn so you will not see the kitchen; transforming the whole place from a lounge-like restaurant into a bar that serves yakitori. A good concept nicely executed.
There weren't many people sitting indoors at the time - just another two customers. However, the tables outdoor seemed quite popular, so booking is recommended.
The drink list was extensive - definitely more extensive than most bars in the area, probably a larger selection of wine than many bars at Tang Lung Street in CWB.
It had at least 20 types of beer (two of those were draught Asahi and draught Kronenburg 1697), tons of red and white wine, sparkling wine, 15-20 types of sake, 2 types of sochu - glass is available, plenty of shots and cocktails. It's a proper bar.
My wife really liked the Kronenburg Blanc - it's very sweet. It's almost taste like watermelon.
The quibble I have with the drinks was that I prefer they serve it a bit faster. It took more than 6-7 minutes in a relatively empty bar for two beers.
The menu was in Chinese and English. Other than various types of grilled vegetables and meat (especially lamb) which you find in Szechuan BBQ, they also had a limited selection of Japanese style yakitori items like tsukune (not available during our visit), chicken cartilage and asparagus wrapped in pork slices. There was a larger selection of grilled seafood (less than HK$60), which I could recommend.
(Surprisingly, Wara Wara's tofu uni was better than many Izakayas).
Chives with Sichuan herbs:
Grilled chives with cumin is a simple, reasonably priced but hearty item. The most important point is the freshness of the chives. These were decent and the pepper and cumin gave a lot of flavour to it. Warms you up too.
I remember it was less than $25 for a pretty big plate. Worth a try.
The skewer above the chives was lai chee wrapped by pork.
I believe the lai chees were in season and were thus sweet and juicy. The slice of pork was relatively thick cut and quite tender.
Always good with beer.
Asparagus with pork:
Fried onsen tamago:
The onsen tamago provided here was at least equal to, if not better than, those provided in the overhyped "Toba" in CWB. It's cheaper too.
The egg taste was just as pronounced and the spring onions gave a kick to it. Not as oily or salty than those in Toba.
Worth a try.
[Like I mentioned above, the place transformed into a rather moody bar at this point, hence the darkness of the photos:]
The scallops were good. Pretty big, meaty and reasonably tasty. It's grilled with garlic, ginger, a bit of soy sauce, spring onions and even a few shreds of saffron!
I remember it was about $40-50 per scallop. Similar quality to many seafood restaurants around the TST area.
Worth a try.
Reasonable price (about $50-60) for the size.
It's grilled using a similar combination of spices like the scallops.
Pretty fresh and meaty. Also worth a try!
However, I remember it was more than $70 for this piece of lamb chop. I think it's a bit pricey but all in all, no complaints.
This was about HK$30 for a big eggplant grilled with a lot of garlic and chopped spring onions. Delicious! The skin of the eggplant was crispy and aromatic.
This concluded a very nice evening.
The food quality at "乾杯" might be more consistent. However, the price is a bit more expensive than here.
The seafood quality seemed better than "川燒".
The ambience here is definitely the best of all three sichuan BBQ places in TST.
Service was good - chilled but generally friendly.
The bill came down to about HK$400 per head with all the food and a number of beers and sochus.
The best thing about the restaurant is its convenient location, alfresco dining and most importantly, opening hours - it's open till about 3:00 a.m. with last order for food at about 2:00?!
Great for a relaxed dinner, last night snacks or even just for drinks like a Hong Kong style izakaya!?
Worth a try!
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Aug 08, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD400
Value for Money3