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

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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 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

Lunch at Kila – Irish pub in Central, Hong Kong

Kila's Bar

On a random weekday of exploring restaurants in Central, my boyfriend and I came across Kila, a cute Irish pub at the top of Pottinger Street, aka, “石板街”.  I’ve always seen it to be really crowded during happy hour and the later part of evenings, so I never even bothered to find out if they were open during the day.  But on this particular day, we walked all the way up to Wyndham Street  and came across this pub.  We immediately fell in love with the open space, the friendly staff, and mainly, the delicious food.  Something you must know about me – when I fall in love with food at a certain restaurant, you will see me there for weeks and weeks until I get absolutely sick of it.

Their lunch sets are $98 +10%, which is a steal, especially it being located in Central.  Their menu is different everyday, but they mainly follow this equation: a salad or soup, followed by a main course, and finally a dessert.

Iced Water

To start, an iced water because I was really parched from my workout before coming here (irrelevant, I know haha).  You can picture the condensation slowly dripping down the glass…One thing I love about this place is that their food is relatively healthy compared to most others.  Less carbs, more veggies & protein! 😀

Smoked Salmon Salad

I started with a smoked salmon salad with vinaigrette dressing.  It was nice and cold, just the way salads should be.  They were a little bit too heavy handed with their salad dressing though.

Steak with vegetables and roasted potatoes

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I’ve ordered the steak 3 out of the 4 times I’ve been there.  Truly amazing!  I had to wait a lot longer than I usually waited for it though.  They were pretty busy that day and they have limited kitchen helpers.  I wanted my steak medium, but they gave it to me as medium rare.  I usually like my meat a bit more cooked (from medium to medium well), but I had no complaints about the taste.  Minus points for it not being what I asked for.

Tilapia with mashed potatoes and vegetables

The boy had a pan fried tilapia with mashed potatoes and vegetables (this order was +$20).  For someone who doesn’t like fish, I definitely liked this.  The lemon juice drizzled on top accentuated the flavor of the fish, rather than having it cover the fishiness of it (like what most restaurants do).  The mashed potatoes were really well made – not grainy at all.  Perfectly smooth and velvety.

Chocolate cake with melted chocolate

Last but never least, dessert. I’m a big lover of sweets, but this chocolate cake/brownie was so-so. I can’t really consider it cake because it wasn’t cakey, but it wasn’t fudgey either… It was nice and warm, and of course really good after a whole meal of savory foods, but the texture of the cake wasn’t right.

Bill Amount: $237.6 for two people

Taste: 8 out of 10
Environment: 7 out of 10
Value for money: 9 out of 10
Service: 7.5 out of 10
Overall: 8 out of 10

Location: Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

-Den

By Denise