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I'll order pasta only next time Nov 16, 2012
We planned to have lunch at the restaurant next door, but we noticed there are seats in Habitu!
Since I havent tried Habitu and it is often very packed during lunchie, I thought we should give it a go
We were given some seats next to the door and it was a huge wooden table to be shared amongst a few parties.
Fine, I mean, looking at the decor on the table and those in the restaurant, we were happy with our seats.
There were three of us having lunchie together, Deemsum, Stanwich and me.
When Stanwich arrived, he looked a bit emo (probably the weather? ), and started staring at the miniature speedboat. Looking interested?
The waiter took our orders:
We ordered two crab meat linguine and one english breakfast for our mains; one tea, one latte and one mocha.
When I asked for English breakfast tea, the waiter said: "erm.. its not the sort of Hong-Kong style milktea, is that okay?"
Well he didn't specify what style it will be, but surely not Norwegian and hopefully not Gangnam?
For starters we ordered two soup of that day (some sort of mushroom pearl barley broth) and a salad.
My tea did arrive with some bubbles on top, I nearly refused to take it as it looks very much like a cappuccino to me. It was pretty bad as it was really tasteless.
I only found out some time later there was actually a titanic teabag in my cup.
The salad came and that failed quite badly, it was some leaves with balsamic vinegar, it tasted very sour and it was just awful.
The soup was said to be mushroom with pearl barley brother but it turns out to be a broth with mixed vegetables and pearl barley. I think it was a misrep. but deemsum did not want to treat him unfairly so she said she didn't remember clearly as to how the waiter described the soup. Deemsum is a such a nice person.
Out of frustration Stanwich's focus got back to the speedboat, he tried to touch it but we immediately stopped him! Cos there was a sign - "DO NOT TOUCH" Why was it placed there anyway?
Stanwich got really cross this time, and apparently his emo got worse, so we moved on.
We saw people around the table who got their lunchie but we were still sitting there with nothing in front of us. I started wondering why were we being picked on. Mercifully, Stanwich's (rather late) breafkast arrived hot and fresh, he started chewing quickly cos he was in a hurry. The breakfast was huge, sausages looked really meaty and eggs looked nice as well, Stanwich enjoyed it a lot and he got better.
Deemsum and me sat until 13:45 and were stilll (yes, LLL with three Ls) waiting for our linguine. We were hoping the person who was sent to catch the crabs weren't drowned. Our linguine arrived at 13:50, no-matter, we still had 10 minutes to finish and run back to our office. We paid the bill even before we started eating, since we were really runing out of time.
The linguine was really good, the crab meat was chewy and tasted fresh, I was not sure what the sauce was but it tasted a bit like diluted lobster bisque. Linguine was cooked nicely as well, it was just right. Herbs on the linguine certainly adds flavour to the dish. The flavour wasn't too strong to cover the freshness of the crab meat - well balanced.
The waitress cheerfully checked back, deemsum was furious and refused to answer, not even a single word (black face) . I told the waitress the linguine was fine but we waited for a very long time for our food.
She apologised and explained with some sort of reason (excuses) and giggled a bit - that didn't work.
We then left - with a sad face.
文ey for value? No - I'll pay $80 max.
Supplementary Information:Too slow
Recommended Dish(es): speedboat,linguine
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Nov 08, 2012
Occasion: Chinese New Year
Spending per head: Approximately HKD125(Lunch)
Value for Money1