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TBLS [Hong Kong]

PhilD | | Dec 9, 2011 05:14 PM

Rather than losing this in a general thread I thought it worth starting a thread on its own.

It is a tricky reservation because it is so small and popular, you need to ring on the day three months before you want to go and then you still may not be in luck. Some people call it a private kitchen but I can't see why: it is a pretty normal restaurant with good fixtures and fittings and a large open plan kitchen with chefs beavering away, and a team of uniformed FOH staff delivering food.

The menu is $748 (including 10% service) a head for a six course, no choice menu. It has a pretty strong wine list, albeit quite expensive, we BYO'd at $200 corkage a bottle. We had the "Best of 2011" menu and I understand that the menu changes frequently and is often inventively themed. The cooking is great, and the food is good fun with some interesting twists. One of our best meals over the last year in HK. I would head back frequently if it was easier to book and a bit cheaper.

We enjoyed:

1. Amuse bouche

2. Soup & Sandwich: Sweet corn soup, with paprika popcorn, chipotle pork belly sandwich with Oaxaca cheese, avocado and pickled onions.

3. Happy Memories: Sobrassada, poached egg, garlic mashed potato, crispy serrano ham.

4. Ceviche: Yellowtail ceviche, smoked pineapple, fresh guacamole, tomato water jelly.

5. Pastrami Brined Turkey: Turkey breast, foie gras, sweet potato puree, honey mustard cabbage, sour cherry and pear chutney.

6. Jasmine Tea Party: Jasmine tea pannacotta, strawberry water, chocolate mocha ravioli

7. PB&J: Peanut butter ice-cream, homemade strawberry jam, macaroon sandwich.

8. Mint fairy floss