Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Pantry (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

For those of us who are frequent visitors to Elements Shopping Mall, the arrival of The Pantry just couldn't come at a better time. We're talking about a place with tons of dining options (Italian, French, Japanese, American and Chinese) but there was no place for some heartwarming fusion food. So here comes The Pantry for the rescue.

The Pantry is highly touted for their East-meets-west food menu (or West-meets-east, I never seem to figure this one out). Some of the crowd favorites include their curry chicken risotto, buttermilk chicken waffle among other funky dishes. 

Garlic and lemongrass chicken wings ($75) - Who doesn't like chicken wings, raise your hand. There's a lot of lemongrass flavor in there. Also some soy and garlic. Not bad.

Soft shell crab salad ($138) - We always like to sandwich a salad in between all those greasy stuff so this one landed in the perfect spot. On top of the bed of garden green were mango, cherry tomato, radish and a pretty subtle yuzu dressing. Oh, I almost forgot about the deep-fried soft-shell crab. Another decent offering.

Jumbo tiger prawn meen ($188) - Finally, something I would consider as fusion. This is a very Asian-style egg noodle with braised pork ribs, grilled tiger prawn and soft boiled egg.

Interesting pairing with a fairly intense lobster consommé. It drew mixed reviews from the three of us.

Pancetta carbonara ($148) - My little one wanted some pasta so I got this pancetta carbonara specially for him. I was expecting some fusion twist along the way but it turned out to be a textbox carbonara with pancetta, parmesan and mushrooms. That was pretty tasty.

Tiramisu on pancakes ($135) - I almost forgot the fact that The Pastry's shot to stardom was largely related to their waffles and pancakes. Thankfully, I recovered just in the nick of time to order this tiramisu on pancake before we go.

The fluffy ricotta pancake topped with tiramisu sauce and pine nuts, came with mixed berries, banana and expresso syrup on the side. I thought it was almost as good as the one we had at Pan de pain pancake and sweets at K11 a while back. So glad we ordered it.

The bill came to a little over $800 for the three of us which I thought was a little high for what we were having (mostly comfort food) but at this day and age of inflation (specially at Elements), I guess it's a fair price to pay.

Food Rating: 5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop 2133, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Kowloon Station
Tel: +852 2348-8219

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