Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cassio (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

You know Christmas is just around the corner when Dr. Zeman (盛智文) and Santa are working overtime in Lan Kwai Fong.

I have been looking forward to tonight's dinner ever since I made the reservation almost two weeks ago. Brought to us by the folks behind Dragon-I, Cassio is supposed to be one of the hottest restaurant openings in Q4 2016 and although in a year where restaurant openings were far and few, that might not mean a whole lot but it's still something to get excited about.

Situated on the second floor of LKF Tower, Cassio is teaming up with London-based tapas bar Barrafina to serve their popular contemporary bites in this dark dungeon-like setting.

Stuffed chicken wings ($128) - Our meal got off to a fast start with a pair of deep-fried chicken wings which were stuffed with diced prawns, mushrooms and zucchini.

This looked almost exactly like the Chinese version of stuffed chicken wings. Obviously it took a lot of work putting the fillings in and making it right. I thought it was decent but the whole thing was a bit limpy and under-seasoned.

Classic tortillas ($88) - I decided to jump all over this since I'm a tortilla freak. The Japanese eggs were runny as advertised but it didn't fair as well as the one I had at El Cerdo last week. That was a bit sad considering it cost twice as much!

Spanish carabinero ($248) - Large torched red prawn served on a pool of tangy seafood bisque was easily the best dish of the night mainly because of the relatively weak competition.

Once the bread cubes got dipped into the bisque, they became the most delicious pieces of bread on the face of the earth!

Juicy seafood rice ($178) - Perhaps the second best dish of the night if you ask me. Very fragrant with lots of stuff including cuttlefish, clams and carabinero on top of the Calasparra paella rice. 

Iberico pork ribs ($178) - Tempers started to flare when everyone tried to fight over these three little pieces of Iberico pork ribs. Luckily, no punches thrown.

Okay, kidding aside I thought this was another decent dish (though I was expecting more than just decent here). I was fortunate enough to get a piece and found the 12-hour slow cooked rib to be fairly tender although a little under-seasoned once again (You won't be able to tell from the color of the sauce).

Spanish sirloin ($188) - Size-wise, this looked much much better. I really enjoyed this piece of 8-years rubia gallega beef for the wonderfully rich flavors. The combination with mashed potato and tempranillo sauce was spot on.

Due to the rather unpredictable portion sizes, we figured there's no point of ordering more food here because 4 to 5 more tapas might still leave us half-full anyways. So we decided to settle the bill and head somewhere else for Round Two.

Food Rating: 5.5/10
Price: $$$$
Address: 2/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Central
Tel: +852 3792-0129

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