Saturday, August 13, 2016

Watermark Seafood Bar and Grill (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

It's been a while since I last visited Watermark Seafood Bar and Grill at the Central Pier. As a matter of fact, I haven't been to the Central Pier for ages.

The impeccable view of the harbour along with its fine dining menu used to be Watermark's calling card until Cafe Deco Group took over a few years ago and turned it into a casual dining place.

I have always loved this place for its harbourview especially at night but service remains a big question mark. It (Service) has just never been very good right from the get go.

Recalling from my memory of Watermark, crispy crab cakes and lobster linguini were both my favorite dishes and looks like one of them (crab cakes) is still on the menu after all these years. The current executive chef of the restaurant is Chef Zero Yu, who used to helm the kitchen at Top Deck.

All of us decided to go for the set menu and took the warm mozzarella tart with cherry tomatoes, onion, basil and root vegetables as our starter over the cauliflower soup (boring!). Despite its dull presentation, I thought the mozzarella cheese tart did taste alright. The cherry tomatoes were sweet and tasty as if they have just came straight from the farm.

Baked cod fish with spinach, peas, mushrooms and escargots ($158) - I really like the texture of this cod fish. Very nice and velvety. That was surprisingly good.

Char-grilled US rib eye with poached potatoes, green asparagus and Madagascar green peppercorn sauce ($178) - Great value for money for those choosing the char-grilled rib-eye. This is HUGE! The meat was pretty juicy and tender too, with the peppercorn sauce doing good work behind the scene.

Boston lobster with baby potatoes, vine tomatoes and herb butter sauce ($188) - The lobster was a little, shall we say, "thin" but I like the herb butter sauce which was subtle and obviously working well with the lobster meat. 

Just when we were finishing up our cup of tea, the staff here already started cleaning up the place. Looks like some sort of ceremony was about to take place soon. 

Finally I got the chance to walk around the Central Pier which I haven't done for a long time. The weather was perfect too, as the heat wasn't as strong as it was in other summer days.

I thought all three main dishes we ordered were pretty good despite the simple combination of ingredients (Yes, I agree there were no pleasant surprises when it came down to food combinations). The charcoal grilled rib-eye, in particular, was drawing raving reviews for its generous portion. Yes, it's not the same fine dining temple it used to be but it's great value for money for a harbourview restaurant. 

Food Rating: 5/10
Price: $$
Address: Shop L, Central Pier 7, Top Level, Star Ferry, Central, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Central / Hong Kong Station
Tel: +852 2167-7251

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