Saturday, December 5, 2015

ATUM Restaurant (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

Just when everyone is still trying hard to get over the hype of ATUM Desserant's artsy desserts, the brains behind this hugely successful dessert bar decide to surprise us once again with another new concept, a nordic-style casual dining restaurant that features fusion dishes with a modern twist.

ATUM Restaurant, the group's latest brainchild has quietly opened its doors at the K11 shopping arcade early this week. Hidden inside the K11 Select shop on the first floor, the sleek designed restaurant is definitely one that we should all keep a close eye on.

The three of us decided to come and check this place out early. It was around noon time and they've just gotten started!

During the opening week, they were still working on their set menu so it would be a la carte menu for us all the way.

First, some crispy bread to get us started.

Crab salad, chamomile, yuzu ($90) - Lunch began with a refreshing crab salad that also featured chamomile, yuzu, cucumber and radish. Not bad.

Ink, yam, tempura ($76) - No, we were not having charcoals for appetizers. These were two different kinds of yam (purple and yellow one) that were deep fried with a squid-ink coating. Pretty nice but a simple tempura sauce would have done it a bit more justice.

Red prawn, sakura shrimp, spaghetti ($178) - That was a nice piece of Spanish red prawn but there was definitely room for improvement for the spaghetti. Perhaps they could take a page out of MIC Kitchen's red prawn spaghetti and throw in some "har mi" (dried baby shrimps) oil for the special local twist.

Crab, sweet corn, popcorn, congee ($148) - The congee was more like a polenta and it worked fairly well with the fresh crab meat and sweet corn. The portion was real generous too!

Pork belly, leeks, parma ham chips, pearl barley ($168) - This was easily the best dish of the afternoon by a country mile and I happened to be the person responsible for picking it (I am patting myself on the back on this one!).

The pork belly was probably slow-cooked a bit before they put the finishing touches on with their frying pan. The texture was perfect and I liked the parma ham chips and barley for the contrasting textures and flavors. I certainly won't mind having this again next time I visit.

Sweet corn, corn parfait, popcorn ($80) - We just couldn't leave this place without trying at least one dessert out and the sweet corn was THE one that we put all our faith into. This was quite refreshing. Again, they played around with all the different textures of corn and made this a lot of fun. 

Not a bad debut at all. We were fairly impressed with the presentation and taste on some of these dishes. Needless to say, we will be back for more!

Food Rating: 5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop 101B, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui / East Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 3586-1959

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