Saturday, August 4, 2018

Meltlyplace (Hong Kong) ★★★☆☆

The reward I got for bringing my little nugget to Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens this afternoon was an afternoon tea. Well, maybe not one but two.

Our first stop was Meltlyplace, a French patisserie in Mid-Levels opened by Louie Ma, formerly the Executive Pastry Chef of Royal Garden Hotel and Fine Foods.

Chef Ma has been in charge of Fine Foods for the past 8 years so not surprisingly, there're a lot of familiar faces here including the Meltlyplace Green Apple.

The strawberry watermelon cake, I have had a couple of times at Fine Foods.

And I recalled seeing the sweet corn mousse at some point as well.

I guess the timing was right to get reacquainted with some of these cakes.

Meltly Corns ($48) - One of Chef Ma's favorite according to numerous reports. This is a sweet corn lover's dream having the sweet corn mousse nicely paired with panna cotta and sweet corn grains filling. Personally, I'm a fan of this creation but they could definitely improve on the crumble at the bottom, which I thought was a little on the hard side.

Mellow ($48) - Strawberry, watermelon, rose cream and almond dacquoise. Sounds familiar, right?

This had the making of a really nice strawberry watermelon cake but the almond dacquoise (which tasted more like a sponge cake) and rose cream kind of let it down.

All the pastries looked great but some minor issues needed to be ironed out to achieve better results.

Food Rating: 5.5/10
Price: $$$
Address: G/F, 55 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Hong Kong Station
Tel: +852 3643-0084

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