Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bib n Hops (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

After spending the last few weeks thinking about Korean barbecued meat, I finally decided to take action today. 

I only got about 45 minutes to spare so Bib n Hops was the perfect choice since last time, the entire meal only took 30 minutes.

Head chef Yong Soo Do was nowhere to be found in the open kitchen today but that's understandable. Rumors had him really busy working on the third and fourth openings for the group (This time, it won't be Korean food though). 

Pork bulgogi ($128) - I had their pork belly jumulleok with gochujang marinated Canadian pork belly and steamed vegetables last time around and thought I really enjoyed it a lot. This time, I tried to stick with a similar dish of pork bulgogi.

This was pretty much the same gochujang marinated pork except that they've replaced the pork belly with thinly sliced pork fillet. The supporting cast also looked fairly familiar with a simple lettuce wrap and condiments.

This was pretty nice but the portion was noticeably smaller comparing to my last visit. At the same time, I noted the price has gone up ever so slightly (from $108 to $128) while the salad was quietly replaced by a pretty forgettable daily soup. A sign of inflation hurting Hong Kong and its dining scene once again!

Food Rating: 5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop 13, 2/F J Residence, 18 Ship Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Wanchai
Tel: +852 2882-9128

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Das Bier German Restaurant (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★☆☆☆

I was in unfamiliar territory looking for a place for a quick lunch this afternoon. San Po Kong doesn't really jump out as a gourmet paradise so I knew chances of finding something good were bleak.

We ended up walking into a relatively new German restaurant called Das Bier at Mikiki Shopping Mall. It's been a while since I last had a German meal in Hong Kong so honestly, I didn't know what to expect. While my colleagues all went with grilled chicken ($58), I decided to check out their eisbein pork knuckle ($88), a German-style pickled ham hock that is cured and slightly boiled. Ordering an authentic German dish at a German restaurant was my game plan but that proved to be a very poor decision.

First and foremost, the dish took forever to arrive. There was no bread or soup to start things off so I was left sitting there starved while I patiently waited for my turn (Turns out everybody who ordered this dish in the restaurant was waiting!). That was just brutal! For a tiny little 20-seat restaurant, if the kitchen is not capable of handling 20 orders within a short time span, then I think they've got a problem! 

So, my ham hock finally arrived when my colleagues have already finished lunch and were almost ready to leave. I started taking it apart and mixed it up with the German sauerkraut which was served on the side. After such a long wait, I thought this better tasted really good but sadly, it didn't. 

Food Rating: 3.5/10
Price: $$$
Address: G03B, G/F, Mikiki, 638 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Wong Tai Sin
Tel: +852 2359-3899

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ana Ten 天穴 (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

It's amazing how they keep finding space after space for expansion at Harbour City these days. After carving out a place (out of nowhere) for the extremely popular The Cheesecake Factory just a few months ago, they did it again and unveiled a new wing at the ocean terminal. This new wing which used to be part of the cruise terminal, will be home to a number of upscale restaurants including Ana Ten (天穴), a Japanese restaurant which has just opened this month.

One of the biggest selling points here is of course, their patio which boasts a very nice harbour view.

But it was a little warm this afternoon so I decided to enjoy the view from the inside.

Everything comes at a price. I thought this harbour view and incredible vibe would burn a hole in my pocket but to my pleasant surprise, it didn't!

The lunch menu offers a wide variety of dishes in the form of sushi, sashimi, grilled meat, seafood, Japanese curry, skewers and so on, all of which come with a small salad bowl, miso soup, egg custard and dessert. These lunch combo runs from $108 (udon noodle with beef) all the way up to around $400.

Deluxe sushi set ($258) - This came with three pieces of tuna rolls and seven pieces of sushi (tuna, eel, squid...etc). Not bad but I will give the edge to Umai Sushikan, another relatively new Japanese restaurant in the same shopping mall.

Stir-fried Japanese pork with ginger sauce ($158) - Pretty decent.

Kurobuta pork cutlets with curry ($138) - I thought the pork cutlets were slightly disappointing but I guess I shouldn't be expecting too much in the first place. If I crave for some high-quality deep fried pork cutlets, I should have gone to a real tonkatsu place.

If you happen to be spending your lunch hours at Harbour City, Ana Ten is really not a big choice for lunch. The price is quite acceptable for its view and service but don't expect too much from the food menu.

Food Rating: 4.5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop OTE 304, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2701-9881