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Value for Money
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Pleasant "bianca" atmosphere; creative food layout Oct 08, 2012
It was a pleasant experience overall for my mother, my daughter and myself. We went there after our yoga class on Saturday and we didn't wait too long even without any reservation, i.e., approximately 12 minutes.
I am pleasantly surprised by the tidy and avant garde decor of the venue; especially when I wasn't expecting much in the first place (we just happened to be in the Wanchai Queens Road area and was in the proximity of the QRE building).
The tables, the chairs, and the menus were also much higher than one would expect of a restaurant in this neighborhood. The ambience of af a restaurant is tres important to me; if you are the same, then this restaurant is definitely your cup of tea.
The food was once again, excellent, especially if one takes its price range into consideration ($300-400 per person without alcoholic drinks). The set lunch included a choice of a soup or a salad (I chose a tomato soup and it was delicious; moderately salted and the sourness was about right), I gave my Soba (Main Course) to my daughter and she loved it. Soba was slightly tasteless in my opinion, more sesame sauce would be needed to make it more palatable. For dessert, my daughter chose Chocolate Trio which was artfully arranged. I had a spoonful of that and decided that the taste was above average, but not exemplary.
I also ordered two scallop carpaccios--my favorite amongst all the food I've ordered hence two portions. The scallops were superbly seasoned and their freshness did not fall short of those tasted in five-star hotels or two-Michelin-Star restaurants. My mother had a Crab Salad. She said the crab meats were quite fresh but she thought there weren't enough dressings for the salad so it tasted quite bland.
I am not particularly fond of the services there. I brought my daughter who is an extremely well-behaved six-year-old, and though they were very nice and friendly to me, they did not show much likeness for her presence there. So it's definitely not a kids-friendly place.
Recommended Dish(es): Scallop Carpaccio (not always available; please call beforehand),tomato soup
Table Wait Time: 12 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Sep 21, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD300(Lunch)
Value for Money3
A pleasant dinner! May 29, 2012
My gf found this new restaurant near her office and was attracted by its decoration, so we gave it a try.
Overall quite nice. Quiet (since there were not many people). Right amount of lighting. Not too dark. Not to bright. Music ok too. Not too loud. Suitable for lovers. Decoration ok (my gf likes it very much though).
To me this is critical to such kind of restaurant. No matter how good the food is, a nice evening can easily be ruined by poor service. I think the service is above average, compared to same level of restaurants (to be fiar, maybe thsi is also because they are not very busy right now). The waitress is attentive and friendly. Always refilling my glass of water without being asked.
First, I was quite impressed by their water! The secret was they added some cucumber to the drinking water.
Overall, all the plates are quite good. Lobster soup, crab cake, and salmon+scallop sashimi are especially worth trying. Oyster is fresh enough but not much variety (only the most common types). Steak ok. Not particularly impressive but at least not over cooked.
$450 per head. No wine. Quite reasonable given the location is quite good.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: May 25, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD450(Dinner)
Value for Money4
[Optional eat] QRE new try, french decor. Apr 21, 2012
Naturally attracted to this place because of its convenient location and decor. And of course for the novelty.
Lunch reservations (weekend) NOT necessary atm though - more than half-empty.
First time having this at a restaurant. Added an interesting freshness to the water. At first we couldn't make out what it was, thinking along the lines of fruit. But there was an 'aha!' moment when the waiter told us what the extra element was. I liked it.
Classic Caesar salad
Norwegian pan-fried salmon
Potatoes gnocchi with mixed mushroom and pesto cream
We skipped dessert.
H and I went cookie-tasting instead along QRE - so many botique cookie stores along the way to PP3.
Given the reasonable price and pleasant decor, it is likely that I will revisit on a casual occasion. This is not a fancy restaurant. Food quality could be upped though! looking forward to further improvements and variations in the menu.
Supplementary Information:I requested 'dressing and cheese on the side' for my salad. I think the waiter misunderstood me to refer to my main dish. I was puzzled when my salad came without alterations, but understood why my salmon came, dutifully, with 'mushroom sauce' and 'kraft cheese sprinkling' on the side. ^^'' Pretty amusing. Perhaps I should try my luck with 'caviar' or 'truffles' on the side, please.
Date of Visit: Mar 10, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD120(Lunch)
Value for Money3
Room for improvement Feb 25, 2012
A new restuarant with convenient location and nice setting; no wonder lunch was fully booked.
Lunch menu ranges from $98 to $148, with 2 choices for appetizer, 4 for main courses, coffee or tea, and dessert that costs an extra $25.
Yesterday's appetizer was either
1) pumpkin soup (daily soup) or
2) pouched egg with pear salad
I had the salad, and albeit the small portion, the egg was nicely pouched with a runny egg yolk and pear strips that were refreshing
Main course was either
1) chicken & mushrooms vol-au vent with creamy sauce (雞肉野菌酥盒)
2) prawn spaghetti
3) seared sole fillet with sauteed spinach and lemon butter sauce
4) ribeye steak teriyaki with mashed purple sweet potato and enoki mushroom
I had the ribeye steak, which was tender, and the mashed sweet potato was very smooth in texture and yummy. The only flaw was the steak was tiny (the one given to the diner at another table was thicker and bigger) and was lukewarm.
Dessert was chocolate brownie with a scoop of ice cream, which I didn't order.
Overall attitude of all waiters was good, although our table was being neglected (food came later than other diners who came and ordered after us, coffee / tea wasn't served 15 minutes after ordering etc.). Thus, as captioned, room for improvement.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Feb 24, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD160(Lunch)
Value for Money3