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Fish and Meat, Central, Hong Kong

I have heard wonderful reviews about Fish and Meat, the latest venture from Maximal Concepts who are also behind Blue Butcher and Brickhouse. From memory, it is where Sal Curioso used to be. The restaurant is very cozy and welcoming; I love the polished concrete floors, white-washed walls and rustic wood tables.

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Fish and Meat focuses ‘on the best produce and techniques, to deliver fresh seafood, homemade pasta and farm-to-table cooking’. We were here for lunch and the lunch menu consisted of small and large dishes as well as sides and sweets.

We started with some crispy whitebait with lemon aioli. The whitebait was deliciously crispy and the lemon aioli was a wonderful addition. It was so hard to stop at one.

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I couldn’t go past the slow cooked Spanish Teruel pork belly porchetta ciabatta / pork fennel sausage stuffing / gremolata. Oh my, one of the nicest sandwich I have had in a long time – the pork belly were incredibly tender, the rocket and the gremolata was a wonderful complement – the lemon zest gave it a nice kick!

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The saffron risotto / crispy sea bream / scallop / squid / prawn were deliciously creamy! I loved the colour of the saffron risotto – so vibrant!

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The free range warm French chicken salad / pancetta / arugula / cherry tomato / cherry tomato / basil were deliciously light and refreshing. Dragon absolutely loved the chicken and not to mention the croutons!

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The cedar prime sirloin steak was cooked to perfection. It was served with celery truffle salad and roasted tomatoes.

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We were quite stuffed so didn’t order any desserts, however, I am definitely keen to come back for the dinner menu. I have heard wonderful things about the slow cooked Spanish Teruel pork belly porchetta that I really need to get some in my belly!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Fish and Meat

2/F, 32 Wyndham Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2565 6788

American Restaurant, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

This restaurant has nothing to do with America, or the flavours. It is actually a Chinese restaurant that serves old school Pekingese food. The restaurant is not flash, décor is pretty much non-existent but food is definitely satisfying! The American Restaurant is quite famous for their Peking duck, beggar’s chicken, crispy fried beef that is served with doughy pockets and prawns in sweet and sour sauce served on a black cast-iron plate.

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I was here with my high school buddy, the accountant, M. I have wanted to try this place for a while now and luckily we were both craving for Peking duck! I left all the ordering to M, she never disappoints and knows exactly what I want.

The pickled cucumber was a hit – both Dragon and I enjoyed it. It was slightly spicy which gave it a nice kick.

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The serving for Peking duck was definitely more for two people, but we managed to demolish at least a quarter of it! The duck was meaty and juicy and the skin crispy. The pancakes were a little thick for my liking – it’s the old school way – but the duck definitely made up for it.

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We also got a serving of smoked chicken and oh my, it was indeed a large serving. The chicken was full of flavour and extremely tender. Thankfully I got to take the rest home and had leftovers for the next evening.

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A meal is not a meal without vegetables in M’s case. We ordered some braised cabbage and cured ham – the ham was incredibly salty but the braised cabbage wasn’t too bed.

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We also ordered a serving of man tau – probably should have it fried, but we thought we would be ‘healthy’.

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I was beyond full, so didn’t order any dessert but both the Peking duck and smoked chicken was definitely delicious! I’m definitely keen to go back to try their other dishes! It is always hard to order a lot of food at a Chinese restaurant, especially if there are only 2.5 of us (including Dragon!). Dragon ate her fair share of chicken and duck! She definitely preferred the chicken over the duck!

Service was polite and friendly. Food came relatively quickly and they were all very smiley and kept Dragon entertained which was nice.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

American Restaurant

G/F, 20 Lockhart Road,

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2527 1000

The Woods, Sydney

The Woods is Hamish Ingham’s latest restaurant which can be found inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. It is on the ground floor and the restaurant was a lot bigger than I had anticipated. For a week night, the restaurant was relatively full and I love the open kitchen where you can see the chef in action. The menu is vast, and centred around good quality and fresh produce. I was here with some uni friends, our last meal together and it was definitely wonderful.

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I started with the crispy chicken wing, Jerusalem artichokes and pickled shallots. The chicken wings were excellent, crispy and incredibly tender and the Jerusalem artichokes and pickled shallots a wonderful complement.

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T had the soup, from memory it was cauliflower soup. I didn’t have any of this but T seemed to have enjoyed it.

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C had the Ash seasoned ocean trout, smoked trout roe & parsley salad – this looked superb but unfortunately I didn’t have any of it either. He did say that it was pretty good, he didn’t like the parsley salad, but then again, he is not really a vegetable kind of guy! The brioche was tasty he said.

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For mains, I couldn’t go past the slow cooked beef short rib, pickled shallots and pepperberry sauce. The ribs are deboned and it was incredibly tender that it just fell apart. The sauce was a little rich for my liking but the beef was definitely excellent.

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T had the olive wood roasted lamb, sticky carrots and pressed potato. The roasted lamb was a little gamey T thought, but nevertheless it was nice.

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C had the Grasslands beef fillet, smoked eggplant, black garlic and parsnip chips. The beef was incredibly tender, and the parsnip chips were delicious.

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We also ordered a side of roast pumpkin, toasted walnuts and midnight moon – wow. This was definitely my favourite! Definitely could have eaten the whole thing on my own!

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I was getting full by this stage but thought we would share the earl grey tea tart which was extremely creamy and not too sweet. We really enjoyed the tart.

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Service was excellent and food was delicious! Thought it would be a bit noisy but it was surprisingly ok. Will definitely be back next time.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

The Woods

199 George St

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9250 3160

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Feast, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Feast is the hotel restaurant at Island East which is located in Taikoo Shing. I have been here a couple of times, and have been rather impressed both times.  Not to mention, Island East hotel has a pretty cool rooftop bar called Sugar which is stunning at night.

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The restaurant is very spacious and I LOVE the glass windows which gives the restaurant natural light. ‘The Mother’ and I were here for lunch, a very late lunch. There’s buffet or a la carte, and we both opt for the latter. The menu was vast, and it ranges from Asian and Western. You name it, they had it – fried rice, Hainan chicken rice, burgers, salads and many more. We started with some bread – I do love good fresh bread!

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‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the Hainan Chicken rice, and it was the MOST EXPENSIVE Hainan Chicken rice he has ever had. The presentation was excellent and it was delicious, however, at HKD200+, I think it was pricey for what it is.

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I on the other hand was craving a burger – beef burger with bacon and cheese with salad on the side and fries. The pattie was tender and with melted cheese and bacon, it was a pretty excellent burger and it was cheaper than ‘The Mother’s’ Hainan Chicken rice! It was exactly what I needed that day, and even Dragon has some of the pattie.

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We came back here a few weeks later, to try the afternoon tea buffet. Choices of sandwiches, salads, dim sum, waffles and crepes.

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The dessert station had a lot of option; unfortunately most of them had nuts in them which were a shame. Probably a good thing, which meant that I couldn’t eat a lot of them!

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My first plate consisted of Caesar salad, ham cheese and mustard on focaccia, sundried tomato and tahini on toast, and char siu bau. My second plate was very similar.

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‘The Mother’ opt for wonton noodles, which was pretty tasty.

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For dessert, I opt for the healthier option of fruits and some bread and butter pudding which I couldn’t resist.

Service was excellent, and food was pretty good. I do however prefer the a la carte menu as I can never eat too much at buffet and feel that I never get my money’s worth. However, in saying that, the buffet was about HKD300 including drinks which wasn’t too bad.

‘The Mother’ definitely enjoyed it, and so did Dragon.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Feast

1/F, EAST,

29 Taikoo Sing Road,

Tai Koo Shing, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 3968 3777

Harringtons, LKF, Hong Kong

Harringtons is part of the Castelo Concepts Group, a new-ish bistro / gastropub in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. I was catching up with a few of my favourite peeps and suggested this place. The venue was not what I expected, it was bright, modern, big comfy arm chairs and the décor was bright and welcoming.

The menu is extensive with an English twist and ranges from burgers, pies, pasta, rotisserie and many more. None of us really wanted entrees, so went straight to the mains. I couldn’t go past the sage roasted pork cutlet (HKD 170) with mash and apple puree. The pork was incredibly tender, and I loved the creamy mash that came with it. My only gripe was that there wasn’t enough crackle!

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M and D opt for the chicken and mushroom pie with green pea mash (HKD 150). I think from memory, they were a little disappointed with the pie. We have been spoilt by the pies in Australia and this just lacked something. The green pea mash was creamy and delicious though, even Dragon enjoyed it.

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S had the fisherman’s pies, medley of seafood in rich creamy sauce with a crusty topping of Parmesan mash (HKD140). S thought it wasn’t too bad, definitely better than the chicken and mushroom pie.

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For dessert, M and I shared the apple crumble with vanilla bean ice cream (HKD65). Served warm, the apple crumble was delicious and I loved the crunchy topping. My only gripe would be that there weren’t enough ice cream! There never is!

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D opt for the molten chocolate pudding with vanilla bean ice cream (HKD75). This looked really good, however, it didn’t have enough chocolate lava which was a shame.

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Overall, food was a bit of a hit and miss, I really enjoyed my pork but you can’t really get pork and apple puree wrong right? Poor S, he was jet lagged as hell but still managed to play with Dragon!

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Service was friendly, I wouldn’t mind trying their lunch menu, 3 course meal for HKD 158.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Harringtons

1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building,

38-44 D’aguilar Street

Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2522 1823