Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Continental (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

It was a Christmas holiday filled with Chinese food. That was somewhat of an unfamiliar territory for me but most importantly, we had a great time sharing good food with our beloved family. That's all it matters. Fast forward to Boxing day, there's no way in the world that I will have Chinese food again, at least not in the next 24 hours.

I started the afternoon off having a little bit of French food at IVY and after doing some damage to my wallet in Causeway Bay, I decided to hover back to Admiralty for some modern British food at The Continental.

I know, I have heard this before. The service here is lousy and the menu isn't all that exciting. But come on, it's Christmas. Let's give it another chance. I arrived a little earlier than expected so I ended up enjoying a cocktail at the bar first.

I think no one would argue the fact that The Continental boasts one of the elegant most dining rooms in Hong Kong. Absolutely loves the relaxed ambiance.

A little Christmas lighting at each table!?

Griddled scallops with chestnut purée, shiso and lemon ($265) - I had trouble picking out an appetizer from the menu so I thought why not have two main courses instead? Starting things off with the griddled Hokkaido scallops was a brilliant idea. Love the combination of the scallops and chestnut purée working well together as a team. A bit of lemon juice and lemon zest provided just enough acidity for the dish. Not a bad start at all!

Roast goose leg, spiced red cabbage and apple sauce ($360) - When the goose leg arrived, fragrance from the perfectly roasted goose meat had me thinking that I was having dinner at Yung Kee!

I thought the meat was really nice. Tender and fairly juicy. The spiced red cabbage was perfect in neutralizing the richness of the goose meat. Another pretty enjoyable dish for me.

The restaurant (or more accurately, the kitchen) finally redeemed itself after a lackluster effort from my previous visit. There's no doubt in my mind about coming back some other time in the very near future. 

Food Rating: 5.5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Unit 406, L4, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Admiralty
Tel: +852 2704-5211 

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