Archive for the ‘expensive’ Category

$98 HKD for a bowl of Pho.  It’s decent with the right scent and taste but too small.

$98 HKD is $12 USD for a bowl of Pho in HK’s Central district.  They have a 6 course tasting menu for $600 HKD.  Might as well buy a plane ticket and spend the weekend in Vietnam where a similar bowl of pho is $10 HKD.IMG_20160426_183712

I am a sucker for Vietnamese food and it’s always disappointing.  Viet Kitchen is Viet Wrong.  Too expensive and the portions are too small.  I left hungry.

This is real pho.  Loaded with bean sprouts and raw BEEF.  If it doesn’t look like the picture below, run.

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$55 beers and $299 ribs.  Let’s put it in perspective.  $299 is $40 USD, for one rack of pork ribs or one beef rib.  Fries and Coleslaw are separate add-ons.  You have three options for beer, all of the craft variety but no black beers.  The point of serving beer is to price is low enough for diners to binge drink.  At $55, everyone will order one to try it out and go next door to the 7-11 for the beverage needs.  There’s Tramline and GOV in Kennedy Town for your craft beer needs.

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Ribcage’s pork ribs

Pork ribs were dry but $299.  Open Rice reviews for this restaurant are quite stellar so my stomach was ready.

Fries are cooked in beef fat.  Distinct taste, quick way to a heart attack.

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Ribcage beef ribs

Beef ribs were tender and moist but $299.  Too expensive.

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Ribcage Coleslaw

Food is served take-out style.  Pay first at a sit down restaurant? Am I a thief as soon as I step through the door?  If I pay first, my food will need to be ready on payment yet there’s a noticeable delay in food delivery.  Ribcage charges fine dining pricing.  I left hungry.  I did not need to wear sweatpants afterall.  I had to cut my losses after ordering everything off the menu to take my appetite somewhere else.  I had high hopes for this restaurant but sadly ribs is not something I crave.  Fried Chicken and Mexican Food, yup.  Ribcage – decent food at a exorbitant price, best to start the count down to see how long they can withstand the crushing rents.  I give it 6 months.

Ribcage substitute to put my mind at ease.  Salad from K-town’s best Chicken Pot hawker fare.  $88, yes please.

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$90 bowl of ramen for lunch.  10% service charge as a hidden tax.  I suspect Tokyo Agura will close up shop soon.

I ordered their signature bowl with spicy scallions.  It’s similar to bad kimchi.  The slice of pork was paper thin but if you dig up the soup dredge one will find pork cubes.

Tokyo Agura ramen in Wanchai

Look at the layer of grease.

Tokyo Aruga

Tokyo Agura’s soup. It’s hearty, thick and over seasoned.

I poured the bowl of soup into the noodles rather than eating it Butao style and dunking the noodles into the soup.  It makes it easier.  The noodles are cooked perfectly with just the right amount of firmness.

mix it all together

mix it all together

I may return if they take away the service charge.  Service charge is OK for dinner but not during lunch.  The restaurant was empty during the noon hour rush.  I am officially off the ramen bandwagon.  It’s expensive way to cleanse the intestinal tract.

Ramen Fridays.  There are two ramen shops one block away from each other.  This is the more high end version with the enclosed kitchen.  Orders come out quickly so everything is prepared in advance and waiting for the customers.  At Kamitora Ramen, they make everything infront of your very eyes.  At Kuroganeya, it is still made fresh but not the way I like it.

The soup broth had strong flavour but lacked the sticky texture that is suppose to gel your lips together.  I loathe the thin ramen noodles.  Portions are noticeably smaller here.  The pork is two thin slabs of fatty jelly.  It did taste good but one needs a thicker cut to really discern their cooking process.

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Kuroganeya’s Pork Ramen in pork broth, non spicy version. $85

I had to order the gyoza add-on for $35 as I wasn’t feeling too full after the ramen.  I should have taken the $35 to spend at McDonalds on a full blown meal.  It lacked dipping sauce to give it flavour.  On a more positive note, it was made fresh.  Japanese gyozas can never compare to Chinese potstickers.  I don’t know why I bother.

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Kuroganeya’s gyoza $35 add-on. Avoid.

Small portions, quick delivery and zero crowding during lunch hour make this one dining establishment I will not frequent on another occasion.  For HK dining, if the restaurant does not have a long que of people outside, do not bother.  Even terrible restaurants garner long lines with the population density of HK so at Kuroganeya it would be best to avoid.  Take your business over to Amoy street o Kamitora.

Sushi Kuu is a great way to blow up a corporate expense account.  It’s also in the heart of LKF making it a perfect venue for client dinners before taking them out on the town.  You want to make a reservation at the bar where you can watch all the action and drink with the chefs.

starter - egg

starter – runny egg

2 servings of crab legs

2 servings of crab legs

raw oyster

raw oyster

crab meat with umi to make it expensive.

crab meat with umi to make it expensive.

the left side fish

the left side fish

real wasabi

real wasabi

fish

fish

fish

fish

fish

fish

toro, fatty.

toro, fatty.

grilled mackeral

grilled mackeral

salmon wrap

salmon wrap

cooked food

cooked food

aburi style?

aburi style?

miso soup

miso soup

Angelina is a french passterie.

The signature drink is the hot chocolate, l’African for $88.  It feels the same as drinking syrup.  I can feel my blood turning blue and clogging my arteries.  Blue Blood fare.

This drink will turn you into a blue blood.

This drink will turn you into a blue blood.

The chestnut cake on a bed of cream is their signature dish $90.  It’s the cost of making fresh cream from French milk.  No thanks.

blue blood fare

blue blood fare

The opera cake meets the exacting measurements to pass Le Cordon Bleu’s pastry exam but I can buy similar in the form of a Coffee Crisp.  This cake set me back $100.  Fresco Cafe in Central can do the same thing for $10 but it lacks the harbour view.

$100

$100

This is the perfect setting if you want to be overweight.  Dine at Angelina’s in Lane Crawford to turn into a blue blood.  Forgive me while I give myself an enema.

Soup Dumplings will be Shanghai’s most famous dish to the world yet Taiwan’s Din Tai Fung beat it to market.  Ye Shanghai does traditional Shanghainese cuisine in a modern setting.  I have had traditional Shanghainese cuisine on multiple occasions and none of which would be comparable to this.  I doubt it’s a bad thing though the price tag does leave one to wonder.

Gelatinous cured meats served cold

Gelatinous cured meats served cold

Nothing special.  Everyone needs to eat meat frozen in jelly.  It’s a delicacy and expensive.

Fresh fish out of the Yangtze river.  It's full of little bones.

Fresh fish out of the Yangtze river. It’s full of little bones.

A Yangtze river fish solely ordered to woo potential clients.  It’s expensive with lots of bones.  Don’t talk while eating unless you want someone to perform the heimlich on you.

stewed beef

stewed beef

The star dish of the night.  Stewed beef with the bone served solely as a plate ornament.

Ye Shanghai is a China restaurant chain with a HK location.  Food is good but expensive.  Look around and pay close attention to the other diners.  It’s expense account food so tread carefully if the company is not footing the bill.

amateur hour, my cork!

amateur hour, my cork!

Don’t bring wine here as they will ruin the cork.