Cuisine

Capo at Rockbund: Pizza was supposed to be good… unfortunately not.

Was trying to find a decent restaurant for dinner in the area and read good things about capo. The restaurant is located on the 5th for of a rather deserted mall (no open shops at all) and is accessed through a lounge / bar like area. The restaurant manager was a very nice guy and suggested a nice by-the-glass wine to go with my pizza. Unfortunately, said pizza was not very good (sorry, Giorgio!) One major problem with the pizza…

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Dadong Roast Duck: Not only the duck is good!

Dadong is one of my “default” restaurants when I come to Beijing – I always tell myself I won’t be going again this time, but would end up there somehow. Impressively, whilst the restaurant was always very busy when I visited, they never failed to find me a seat. That the roast duck is good here should be known by most by now. The skin is deliciously crispy and the meat moist and tender. The options of condiments to go…

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Family Li Imperial Cuisine (厲家菜): Good food with great value. Must try!

Had dinner at the Family Li Imperial Cuisine on Jinbao Street. The restaurant only serves set tasting menus that cost from RMB600 to 3000 per head and is supposed to give a good representation of what their cuisine is about. It was very nice that the waitstaff was not particularly pushy in selling their higher priced menus and said that the lowest priced menu already gives a good taste of their style and the higher priced menus differs mainly in…

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Miss Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine: So much oil.

Miss Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine… play the music! They’re called bui-doi… the dust of life… Conceived in hell… and born in strife. Such was the first thought I had when I saw the name – a song from the musical Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schönberg et al.  Then I remembered the scene in the musical where a bunch of Vietnamese bar girls / prostitutes compete for the title of “Miss Saigon”.  Yes, it’s never a bad idea to research more extensively when picking a name.  Not…

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Burger & Lobster Leicester Square: Very nice lobster roll

We were out hunting for a burger & lobster to satisfy our cravings for lobster, so naturally that’s what I ordered once we were seated.  We didn’t need to wait for a table fortunately, although the not-so-small restaurant filled up soon enough afterwards. It was delicious. My only complaint was that there were way too many claws (how is that possible?) and not enough body meat.  Unfortunately I find the bodies to be juicier and have better texture than the…

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Rock & Sole Plaice: A fishy tourist trap

The key for dining at Rock & Sole Plaice is your expectations. If you expect to have the best fish and chips in London (or even good fish and chips), then you will be disappointed. If you want to have fish and chips at one of the oldest chip shop in town for the sake of it, regardless of whether it is good, then go ahead. For me, good fish and chips need to have crispy crust that is light…

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Ramen Nagi: Great ramen. Gyoza also decent.

Stumbled upon this ramen restaurant when I was trying to find lunch in the malls in this area. Ramen Nagi is one of the many restaurants facing the park of the Greenbelt malls and is not difficult to find. Did not have to wait, either, when I visited for lunch. Service here was sufficiently quick, and I benefited from being here really late for lunch.  From the look outside there would have been a long line had I been here…

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Viet Kitchen: The food failed to deliver what the price promised

Viet Kitchen is a new Vietnamese restaurant at the ground floor of Nexxus Building next to the Heng Sang Bank HQ. Supposedly the chef is from Chom Chom, another Vietnamese shop on Peel Street, which I haven”t verified. Supposedly food will be good. We visited some two months after Viet Kitchen opened – when the restaurant should be past its initial stage of adjustments. So how did it go? The setting of the restaurant was appealingly casual, with comfortable yet…

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Basil Restaurant: Maybe not traditional Thai, but good enough for me.

I have had dinner at the Basil Restaurant twice during my stay at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. Whilst others have commented that the food here is too tame, not spicy enough and modified to suit the taste buds of tourists, the food here was good for me (as a tourist). The satay ruam – mixed grilled satay of chicken, prok and beef served with peanut sauce, was properly grilled, moist and succulent. Well seasoned and flavoursome. The stir fried lobster with cashew…

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Plat du Jour – credit your photos damnit!

We have wanted to try Plat du Jour for a long time, but we don’t go to Quarry Bay often and on the few occasions when we did try to eat here without a reservation, the restaurant was either closed or past last order time or reserved for a party.  Finally, we have made a reservation for dinner on a weekday evening in January. Located next to Cod Father and opposite a few coffee shops on Hoi Wan Street, Plat du Jour…

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