Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cafe Deco @The ONE (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

Starting in September, you don't have to climb up to the Peak to catch Cafe Deco anymore. The storied restaurant has recently moved out of the Peak Galleria due to renovations ending a successful run of 22 years which has seen it becoming one of the most iconic restaurants there. Its new landing spot does not quite have the same stunning view but at least, it's right in the heart of the city.

Taking over the space previously known as Tapagria and Zurriola, Cafe Deco officially opened its door early this month on the 20th floor of The One in Tsim Sha Tsui. Yes, the view is not as up high as it used to be but still pretty amazing from here.

Like Cafe Deco at the Peak, their new establishment at The One also features the same global inspired menu with a good mix of western and Asian flavors. Apart from their a la carte menu, their set lunch offers pretty good value-for-money starting with a complimentary salad bar.

But personally, I recommend not to waste too much time here.

Porcini mushroom soup, also part of the set menu, fares much better than anything from the salad bar in my opinion.

Four of us all wanted something light this afternoon and decided to order four (light) dishes to share. The first dish, classic Caesar salad with grilled lemongrass chicken skewer, features some fairly crisp romaine lettuce but I thought the chicken satay was a little off the mark (slightly too chewy).

Octopus carpaccio with chorizo and red capsicum vinaigrette looked really colorful and instagram-worthy but lacks the bite I was hoping for, despite the good balance of flavors.

Better was La Genovese, with Garganelli pasta and topped by Neapolitan beef and onion sauce. I like the texture of the Garganelli in this one.

But there was no question which was the best dish of the afternoon - Nasi goreng (印尼炒飯) with shrimp, spicy chicken wings and fried egg. The rice was moist and perfectly seasoned. Pretty nice.

Two pretty decent dishes versus two pretty average ones. But I'll give them benefit of the doubt because it's Cafe Deco, a restaurant I grew up with as a kid.

Food Rating : 5/10
Price: $$$
Address: 20/F The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2849-5111

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