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Indian Food [Hong Kong]

PhilD | Feb 3, 2011 02:51 AM

I know we are in the perfect city to sample the myriad of delights Chinese food offers but sometimes you need variety and the Friday night curry is one of my rituals no matter where I am (an English heritage showing through). So the quest is on to find the best and after our first month here we have tried a few:

Tandoor (1/F Lyndhurst Tower, Central) was our first experience after a recommendation from a work colleague. Unfortunately it didn’t impress with sludgy curries and slightly crispy naans – a definite quality in a pappadum but not in a naan. The food was very reminiscent of a good old British high street curry, which may be a good thing in some peoples book, but for us is a reason not to return - price HK$528 for two.

Hin Ho Curry (Shau Kei Wan) gets a star in the latest Michelin guide, which is not usually a great endorsement for Indian food, so we approached this one with caution. I think we were the only ones with a reservation and I was definitely the only one in a suit, and we were probably the only westerners. It is packed, and turns tables frequently. The menu is scrappy and too long; the photos’ in the menu are not a good sign, and so it looks like we will need to put this one down to experience. However the food is superb, great kebabs, really fresh breads and some great vegetables (the true test of good Indian food). The curries are all really fresh with quite subtle flavours. Service is a bit chaotic but wonderfully friendly - a keeper and one we will return too frequently – price HK$368 for two.

Bombay Dreams (77 Wyndam St, Central) is a really posh curry house in a trendy designer space off one of the popular/fashionable bar streets. It’s a good space, nicely designed with thick white linen table clothes. It has an interesting menu with some nice choices. The kebabs are good, if slightly mild, and the vegetable curries are generally interesting apart from a sludgy eggplant dish. Breads are wonderfully fresh and of good quality. Again another one for a return trip especially if we feel like staying in Central. It also features in Michelin and gets a bib, this really confuses me as the bill for two was HK$707 which stretches the bib definition of $300 a head for a three course meal (as do many other Bibs in HK).

So far so good, two out of three were good, the quest will continues, I will keep the feedback coming and would be grateful for suggestions and ideas.

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