This spacious and very popular Cantonese restaurant purportedly serves one of the best char-siu (Cantonese-style barbecued pork) in town. It was Michelin-starred previously but seemed to have dropped its one-star in this year's guide - but did not seem to have any impact on the burgeoning local crowds who'd been coming here for its popular weekend dim sum lunches.
What we tried:
- Crabmeat and crabroe tofu soup: one ofthe house specialties. It was a bit bland, but the crabmeat/roe content was pretty generous.
- Braised pomelo skin in abalone sauce with assorted mushrooms and lotus seeds. Done very well here, but I'm a sucker for pomelo skin done properly (my fave is still the one at Fu Sing Wanchai). Good, but not great.
- Char-siu pork: it was velvety-smooth and not as sweet as the version served elsewhere in HK. I'd have loved it to be more fatty, or flavorsome. Not sure I'd agree that it's one of the best in town these days - it's a bit too bland in taste.
- Roast pigeon: now *this* was very well done indeed - perfect textures and flavors. Loved this - excellent!
- Braised noodles with abalone sauce and shrimp roe. Not sure if the flavors are supposed to be subtle, but I couldn't discern neither the abalone nor shrimp roe flavors. Quite a letdown.
I'm beginning to understand the Michelin downgrade for this place. Pity, it's a really nice restaurant with killer harbour views. And the service was top-notch.
3/F, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel
1 Harbour Road, Wanchai
Tel: +852 2802 8888