Dinner at Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort – Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

food for friends

Harlan Goldstein has been making a huge impact on the luxury food industry in Hong Kong.  After being introduced to Gold, I was really excited to hear about his new restaurant, Comfort.  This restaurant is a more down-to-earth version of Gold.  It is very young, hip, and the decor is just awesome.  My favorite part of the restaurant is hands-down the neon sign that reads “food for friends.” (sorry about the horrible quality/bad photography skills, I used my iPhone)

Bar

So I walk out of the elevator and I get super confused as to where the main door was because I didn’t have enough strength to open the main door (which I thought was locked, but was actually heavy).  The boyf and I entered through the other door on the left, which is actually the staff door (oops).  Just this once, I’ll give you permission to laugh at my stupidity and my inability to open doors.

We sat down and the staff was super friendly! We were greeted at the door and was given our menus right away.  These menus were pretty awesome – the typography reminds me of old diners in the States.

Comfort Menu 1

Comfort Menu 2

Well, enough about menus and decor; it’s FOOD TIME!  The four of us ordered three appetizers, one soup, three mains, and one Bao Bao.

First dish we ordered was their mac & cheese.  Really rich and creamy, with a lovely truffle surprise.  The truffle wasn’t as overwhelming as I expected it to be and the portion was really tiny so we finished it very fast.  This dish is good to share for three or more people – any less and it’ll be too rich to handle.

Comfort's Mac&Cheese

This is what it looks like after being mixed & scooped onto my plate.

Comfort's Mac&Cheese 2

The dish below is the Patatas Bravas; this Spanish dish was made very similar to Indian masala.  The sauce is tangy and spiced, much like Indian curry.  The patatas/potatoes were crispy, bite sized pieces of potato heaven!!

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This was the Lemon Herbed Halloumi Cheese on Indian Spinach.  Comfort’s inverted version of Palak Paneer.  The cheese was a little tough – almost the same consistency as Chinese fish cake.  But the Indian spinach curry sauce was heavenly!

Lemon herbed halloumi cheese with indian spinach

Onto the main dishes. I ordered The Harlan Burger, a fat burger that I finished every single bite of.  I asked for a medium-rare but the kind waiter suggested I order medium because the patty is made with a bit of pork.  First of all, packaging gets an A+.  Harlan branded his burger to the MAX and it was freakin’ awesome.  Look at that packaging!!

packaging

I opened it and my jaw just dropped.  I didn’t eat it for at least five minutes because it was just so great to look at…#foodporn.  By the way, follow my Instagram account for awesome food pics and other awesomeness (yes, I’m self promoting hehe) @denisekimberley.

comfort burger

Bacon. That is all.

inside the burger

The boyf ordered slow-cooked beef cheek, mashed potatoes drizzled with home-style gravy.  The beef cheek was super tender and peels right off.  I’m a huge fan of velvety smooth mashed potatoes, so I was quite disappointed in the not-so smooth mash.  There were bits of potatoes in it, but some people like it like that so to each their own.

beef cheek & mashed potatoes

Roasted Salmon Steak with Thai Yellow Egg Crab Curry & Garlic Bread; our friend’s main.  The curry had bits of crab in it which was an added plus to the dish.  They actually gave a sizable salmon steak which is very rare in most restaurants.

salmon yellow curry

We also ordered the “Melt in your mouth” Pork Belly, Hoi-Sin Glazed Bao Bao and the Uncle Antoine Fisherman’s Soup.  Didn’t take pictures – was eaten too fast SORRY!

Cons: Waiters/waitresses did not fill up our water without us asking.

Pros: Did you even read the post?!

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Location: 5/F Grand Progress Building, 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

http://www.facebook.com/comfortbyharlang

Bill Amount: $1,368 for 4 people

Taste: 9 out of 10
Environment: 9.5 out of 10
Value for money: 7.5 out of 10
Service: 7.5 out of 10

Total: 8.5 out of 10

-Den

By Denise Kimberley

Dinner at Wang Jia Sha (王家沙) – Tai Koo, Hong Kong

Happy Tuesday! It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. I’ve been super busy but the hard work has paid off; I’m officially a university graduate 😀

Today, I’ll be reviewing Wang Jia Sha (王家沙), a Shanghainese restaurant in Tai Koo.  I’ve been going there since I moved to Hong Kong (almost 9 years ago), and they have always been one of my family’s go-to places for Shanghainese food.  Just to let you know, they closed down their Lee Garden branch so the only one on Hong Kong Island is in Tai Koo.  Try to book beforehand or else by 6:30pm they get really packed! We went at 5:45pm this time around and since it was Mother’s Day it was full by 6pm.

Decor

We started off with pork gelatin.  I picked up the jelly and it fell apart completely…this doesn’t usually happen but when I put it in my mouth…heaven! Tender meat with smooth jelly, and nice and cold.  Just the way cold dishes should be.  Hong Kong’s restaurants are notorious for serving food quickly so sometimes certain dishes that are supposed to be chilled come out room temperature. Than god Wang Jia Sha isn’t one of those places 🙂

Cold dish - pork gelatin

Glutinous rice rolls…one of my favorite breakfast dishes whenever I go to Shanghai.  They roll their rice rolls really thin.  Inside, there’s deep-fried Chinese donut, salty preserved vegetables, and pork floss.  It’s a pretty standard rice roll.  It tastes really good but the portions are so small you want to savor every last bite of it.

Glutinous rice wrap

Glutinous rice wrap

Scallion pancake. Deep-fried wonder.  Crispy, delicious. Eaten in 1 minute.

Scallion Pancake

Steamed vegetable dumpling.  Meh, I’ve had better.  It’s a pretty standard dumpling.  Probably wouldn’t be the first thing on my mind to order.  They give you four, not two by the way.  I just totally forgot to take a photo hehe 🙂

Steamed dumplings

Steamed vegetable dumpling

Can we please just take a moment to look at this beautiful dish?………………………..*wipes up drool off keyboard* Okay. I’m done.  This was THE BOMB.  There’s no other way to describe it.  Dong Pu Rou is one of Shanghai’s signature dishes and they made it perfectly the way I remember it as a child, as a teen, and as an adult.  The meat falls right off the fat and the fat…don’t even get me started; creamy, smooth, perfect with the sweet soy sauce they cook it in.  Also amazing with the bun it comes with (not too sure what it’s called by Wen & I call it “butterfly bread”).

Braised pork belly

Butterfly Buns

Braised pork belly

Finally, we had Cao Nian Gao.  Stir-fried rice cake with spare ribs in brown sauce. I say brown sauce because it was a hybrid of soy sauce and something else. This was darn good.  If you’re a big fan of carbs, you’ll probably devour this dish in a second.  They did overcook the noodles a bit so it felt a little bit slimy, but the flavor was absolutely perfect!

We ordered a couple more dishes but my hunger overtook my need to blog about this…hehe sorry! Wang Jia Sha, I will always come back to you for amazing Shanghainese food.

Bill Amount: approx $480 for 4 people

Taste: 7.5 out of 10
Environment: 8 out of 10
Value for money: 9 out of 10
Service: 6.5 out of 10

Total: 8 out of 10

-Den

By Denise Kimberley

Dinner at Beijing Home (北京老家) – Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Northern Chinese cuisine; one of the best types of Chinese food in all of China.  I take that back – all Chinese food is delicious. The four of us went to Beijing Home (北京老家) in Causeway Bay.  It is located in Island Beverly but not up the escalators; up the elevators.  We booked it for 8pm and arrived there 10 minutes late.  They still held the table for us, but we realized it was because they weren’t all that crowded.

Before you walk in, you can see the red and gold letters saying “北京老家” as well as beautiful bird cages (with fake birds in it) and traditional Chinese lanterns.  When you walk in, you see beautiful traditional paintings and decor.  Something that stuck out to me was their fish tank infused table.  When you look through the tabletop, you can see the fish living inside of it – cute colorful Asian fish.

We sat down to order and I absolutely fell in LOVE with their plates.  These plates are beautifully designed and look contemporary but traditional at the same time.  Here are some photos:

We ordered 6 dishes and 1 soup.

Numbing spicy beef slices – one of my favorite dishes.  If you don’t like the feeling of numbing spicy (麻辣) foods, I guarantee that you might actually enjoy this dish.  It’s not too numbing like most other Sichuan spicy dishes, and the chili oil really gives the beef a good kick.

Peking sauce pork with thin pancake – a classic.  Instead of Peking duck (which they have!) we ordered pork.


Eggwhites with fish – smooth texture, really good with rice.  A simple, delectable dish.

Deep-fried pancake stirfried with veggies and meat shreds – this is by far my favorite dish here.  For all the carb lovers out there, you MUST order this dish.  The crunchy texture of the deep-fried pancake along with the smooth veggies and meat are incredible.  This dish is almost a 10/10.

Kung pao chicken – another classic.  This reminds me of Northern Chinese cuisine from the States.  Delicious as usual and slightly spicy.  A little bit on the salty side, but nothing a dollop of rice can’t fix!

Mixed vegetables in soup – we needed something green on our table so we ordered this.  This isn’t your typical 上湯菜 (Soupy vegetable? Is that how you translate it…? Lol).  They use a thicker soup base so it’s not super liquidy.  A little bit on the oily side so I had to rinse it with water.  Not bad, but I wouldn’t order it again.

Hot and sour soup – this was not good at all.  The soup was really oily, and it tasted really acidic.  They went overboard on the vinegar. I would not recommend ordering it unless you like drinking vinegar.

We ordered way too much for 4 people.  I’d probably go with 5 dishes instead of 7 if you have a party of 4 🙂

Bill amount: $757 for four people

Taste: 7.5 out of 10
Environment: 8 out of 10
Value for money: 6 out of 10
Service: 7 out of 10

Total: 7 out of 10

Location: Shop R3, 7/F, Island Beverley, 1 George Street, Causeway Bay

-Den

by Denise Kimberley