Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bakehouse (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★★☆

For months, I have been waiting for chef Grégoire Michaud's bakery shop to open its doors and finally, some great news this week! The long awaited opening of Bakehouse from the former Four Seasons Executive Pastry Chef is here at last.

Occupying a split storey space on Tai Wong Street East, Bakehouse is now serving breakfast and lunch exclusively. Not only can fans expect to see chef Michaud's signature croissants and artisanal sourdough loaves fresh out of the oven, there will be other goodies like bergamot pies, Hokkaido milk buns, cheese and fruit danish, quiche and much more. When it comes to drinks and beverages, the bakery will be working with a local coffee roaster supplying a small selection of coffee and drinks served right here at the counter.

Chef Michaud, master of pastry and bread, writer and blogger can be seen directing traffic in the semi-open kitchen. Busy man!

I was running a little late for my meeting so all I could do was to grab a couple of their cruffins ($38) on the go.

As a hybrid of croissant and muffin, this delicious cruffin has the crispy flaky exterior of a croissant but in the shape of a muffin. The whole thing was filled with lime flavored custard in the middle. Very nice.

Food Rating: 6/10
Price: $$$$
Address: G14 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Wanchai
Website: https://bakehouse.hk/

Assaggio Trattoria Italiana Wanchai (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

We were supposed to be going to Kasa for lunch today but what we didn't realize was the fact that they have changed to more of a take-away joint these days with very limited dine-in options. So, we had to take our business elsewhere. Preferably somewhere nearby.

Assaggio Trattoria Italiana is a close enough option at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. We got there in just a couple of minutes.

Spaghetti carbonara ($128) - I wasn't particularly hungry today so instead of having the antipasti buffet and a pasta, meat or pizza, I opted for a simple bowl of pasta. This was noticeably smaller in size but still every bit as good as it was. The homemade spaghetti was full of bite with just the right amount of cream sauce although I certainly didn't mind a bit more pancetta and shaved parmesan. 

Assaggio tiramisu ($48) - They always have one of my favorite tiramisu in the city although I have noticed that the size has also shrunk a little like my previous pasta dish (but cheaper).

Very creamy with that nice and soft texture. My recent favorite is the one from Pici but this one sure isn't too far behind.

Food Rating: 5/10
Price: $$$
Address: 6/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Wanchai
Tel: +852 2877-3999
Website: www.miradining.com/assaggio-wanchai

Friday, January 12, 2018

Palco Ristorante (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★★☆

Having been sick for much of January to start the year, I was just happy to be back healthy again this week. To celebrate my return to health, I thought I should do something special for today's lunch and visiting a restaurant I've never been before sounds like the perfect plan.

I have heard a lot of positive reviews on Palco Ristorante's 3-course lunch set over the years but was never keen to pay them a visit. Its location has something to do with it as it's a little out of the way from my office but hey, it's worth a try right!?

Sweet corn bisque with deep fried Hokkaido scallop - Pretty nice way to start off the meal. Very creamy and velvety.

The deep fried Hokkaido scallop made this an even better choice (over the tuna ceviche, sauteed clams and parma ham). Nice start.

Tagliatelle with Pacific red prawns - One of the signature dishes around here and it certainly didn't disappoint. The homemade tagliatelle was strong to the bite and I love the flavorful sauce made with the heads and coral. Very nice touch.

Homemade ice-cream sandwich - Dessert was a simple ice-cream sandwich with chocolate ice-cream. Nothing that blows me away but a nice, satisfying end to a pretty enjoyable lunch.

It's so good to be feeling healthy once again, which will be important if I want to continue exploring new places like this.

Food Rating: 6/10
Price: $$$
Address: 2/F, The Phoenix, 23 Luard Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2618-8383
Closest Metro Station: Wanchai
Website: www.palco.hk