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Le moment- Very good food but... Apr 02, 2013
Dining experience does not only refer to the quality of the food itself. Very often, the service of the restaurant plays a determinative role. No matter how brilliant the food tastes, one would not return if one doesn't feel comfortable with its service. This is one of the restaurants that gave me such a strong feeling. Food was good. The waiter was alright but the Boss was... intrusive :/
Friend J and I were not hungry- we just wanted a place to sit and chat. We stopped in front of this petite restaurant browsing its menu stand. We noticed there were both set dinner and a la carte menus. The Boss came out and chatted with us. I thought he was welcoming and confident of its food (He said: don't need to pay if don't like the food, restaurants opened less than 3 years were not comparable to his etc.).
After settling down, the Boss handed us a set dinner menu and passionately introduced each dish of food.
We requested for the a la carte menu, and he replied "The best food is on the set dinner menu. But of course if you want to have a spaghetti or what, we could just make it for you." Hence no a la carte menu was provided. We asked another waiter for a carbonara, and he said they did not have it. After a minute, the Boss came and said "As you could see, we have a small kitchen. We could not possibly make such a variety of food. You will know it if you operate a small restaurant yourself".
Frankly I felt offended . If they did not have a la carte menu at night,
1. they should not have displayed the a la carte menu at the front of the restaurant;
2. the Boss should not have told us he could make whatever food we wanted;
3. he could have politely apologised instead. His blunt response seemed to blame us for requesting something unreasonably impossible from him.
I could tell that this Boss was persistent in giving us the 'best' dining experience, however from his own, not his customer's, perspective.
Very glad that the boss did not further bother us after some other customers had came.
We ordered two sets of 4-course dinner, which included a salad, a soup, a main course and a dessert.
Smoked salmon caesar
Tomato cream soup
It tasted so good. It had a lovely sour tomato flavour with fine juicy tomato cubes. It was thick and rich. J said it was like a fusion of borscht and cream soup.
The little piece of bread was light and crispy. Good.
Grilled Canadian Pork Rack with black truffle wild mushroom sauce $248 (set)
This pork came from Quebec. I am not particularly fond of pork as I do not like its rough texture. But this was very nice- both the texture and the taste. The pork rack was charred with a lightly grilled taste. The meat was succulent, mildly reddish but not bloody. It was thick; but it could be sliced easily since it was very tender.
The mushroom sauce was creamy and rich. There was slices of mushroom in it. It went perfect with the pork.
The sides were mashed potato and tomato-ized zucchini. The zucchini was softly crunchy. The mashed potato was more liquid than usual. It was smooth and was lightly salted. Nice.
Grilled "Myanmarian" Striped Prawn with Garlic Butter Sauce $228 (set)
The prawn was as long as my palm. The grilling was good. The prawn had a freshy texture and was deliciously seasoned with pepper and herbs. The sauce was buttery but not oily. The prominent garlicky taste was not too strong, and could raise my appetite. An irresistibly yummy dish!
Dessert: Baked apple crumble (set upgrade +$50?) and Earl grey pudding (set)
When it came to dessert, the Waiter, who was much more humble and polite, said he was responsible for preparing all the dessert, and introduced each of them to us.
The set included earl grey pudding. We added $50 (if I remember correctly) for an upgrade of apple crumble.
The Waiter said the apple filling had been prepared since afternoon. They used green apple instead of red (if I remember correctly.) No sugar was added. Hence he hilariously said "if you eat the apple crumble and you find it very sweet... this means the apple itself is really sweet."
The smell of freshly baked cinnamon pastry was always enthralling. This seemed overbaked a bit- the crust was crispy but too dry for me. There were abundant apple cubes, which was juicy, crunchy but quite sour. The sourness could reduce the heaviness of the dessert. But I would be happier if it was accompanied by icecream ;P
Earl grey pudding (back) (can't remember the exact name)
There were various fruits on top of the pudding, including strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and cherries.The pudding had a lovely earl grey taste. There seemed to be some poppy seeds. This (or whatever it was) gave an interestingly crunchy texture to this pudding. Like it!
I was struggling whether to give a smiley face, an "OK" or a sad face. I appreciated the Boss's passion- but I would be much more happier and satisfied if he could respect our choice. Hence even though the food was great, I would not be back.
I suppose you would find the service here alright if you are prepared to let the Boss dominate your choice of food.This might be the place if you wish to have a decent dinner at $200 in mid level and chat with the Boss about food or wine. (He seemed to be a wine lover. "If you equate wine with alcohol, don't come to my place.") Also he could chat unstoppably. Hence think twice if you just want to chat with your friends.
Supplementary Information:The suggested price range stated in Open Rice was $41-100. I think it depends on whether you are having tea or dinner. If you come for a dinner, it would cost at least $200 (as shown in the set dinner menu).
Also, the opening hour stated in Open Rice includes Sunday. However when I was about to leave the restaurant, the Waiter said they do not open on Sunday.
Recommended Dish(es): Grilled pork rack,grilled prawn,tomato cream soup,earl grey pudding
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Mar 20, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately HKD260(Dinner)
Value for Money3
Hold that moment Mar 07, 2012
Long before SoHo became an extension of LKF as a destination for afterwork drinking, it was a cosy neighbourhood where one could find independent little cafes and shops full of character and run by people with passion. As the area got hip, the cost of running a business there became prohibitive to many. Shops come and go. The ebb and flow of that independent spirit seems to be the only constant in the everchanging landscape of SoHo. I'm heartened to find that some people still choose to build their dreams here, as did the owner of Le Moment.
As we found ourselves unwilling to go home after a ridiculously quick dinner, the gang came to Le Moment for a coffee/tea. Dear cousin chose to sit outside; al fresco dining was still a romantic notion to many, I guess... but this is Hong Kong... more on that later.
Cousins were so taken by the place that they decided to return for lunch during the week, and all that talk about lunch and food made me hungry. What can a girl do but order some dessert under such circumstance?? We ordered the famous apple crumble and lavender creme brulee. The crumble was worthy of its praise but the creme brulee didn't win us over, the lavender flavour took some getting used to and the texture was too "rustic".
From the brief conversation we had with Bobby, we can tell that he is very particular about the quality of food he serves. While he is eager to make sure our needs and desires are satisfied, he is also adamant about certain convictions, such as no iced lemon tea, no ice-cream with his desserts. One may not agree with his opinion, but one can respect his commitment. He said Le Moment had been around for 2 years, I wish him and other like-minded owners, many more years to come.
Oh yes, on the al fresco dining part. Peel Street is really not the place to do it. During our visit, our senses were alternately assaulted by the smell of incense from the tiny temple up the street, Chinese cooking from the restaurant across the street, and worst of all, sewage from goodness knows where.
Recommended Dish(es): Apple crumble
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Mar 06, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD80(Night Snack)
Value for Money4
Relaxing Moment at Le Moment Jan 10, 2012
The beauty of group purchase is that you get to know and visit places that you don't usually notice.
Consumers are attracted by the good Price to visit the new Place while the vendors get to Promote their Products.
Le Moment is located at Peel St, a place which is not easily noticeable if you are not a resident in the area. The magic of Groupon brought us here.
For $49, one gets a $98 brunch complete with a main, juice and coffee.
It seems that the promotion works really well. We've tried a few times to make reservations but on weekends, it's fully booked each time we called.
This time, it was a weekday, and a half-day off for me. We called in for reservation and bingo, it worked.
There were only a couple of customers when we went in at 2:00 pm.
We were greeted by a young lady who politely showed us the groupon offers. There were only 2 choices -- we picked both.
The Croque Madame was served with garlic bread, green salad and mushrooms on the side. The egg had a runny yolk and was cooked to my liking. The ham and cheese were however a bit short, leaving quite an area of the toast barely exposed.
The coffee was freshly ground but the juice was a bit too diluted.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Dec 30, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD49(Lunch)
Dining Offers: Group-buy
Value for Money4
不許拍照系之 (一) - 屈人的咖啡師 Sep 09, 2010
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Opened by a group of business partners who are dedicated Cat Lovers as well as existing Wine & Restaurant owners, this newly opened Cafe and Wine bar also Roasts their own blend of coffee every week....
Though most members of the staff here are ultra friendly and knowledgeable, unfortunately, I have had the displeasure to experience its dark side 1 day ~ when I was literally framed by the lady barista on duty (who suffers from amnesia and loss of memory I've got to say), that I took photos when she had said she warned me not to and I had previous agreed. Well actually, you didn’t – not only have you forgotten a simple request to bring me a glass of ice water after 4 reminders to go with my coffee (it was searing hot outside!), but you only tried to tell me off impolitely earlier for bringing in a bottle of Vitamin Water, which I needed some liquid to walk up that..........
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Spending per head: Approximately HKD39
Value for Money2