9/F Causeway Bay Plaza Phase 1, 489 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Tel 2893 6667
Grub: Mostly Southeast Asian, though there are some Korean and Japanese dishes.
Vibe: A motley collection of pirate statues inhabit a hacienda on the ninth floor of Causeway Bay Plaza. We wondered if this was meant to echo the European-influenced architecture of Malacca, the pretty Malaysian town whose adjacent strait was once infested with seafaring bandits. Whatever the reason it does provide a fun, if slightly surreal, environment to enjoy some of that region's cuisine.
Who to take: Come with a large group of friends - this would be a great place to have a party.
What's hot: We really wanted to try the cheesy salmon rolls that were listed as 'new' on the menu. Unfortunately so did everyone else and they were sold out by the time we got there. Instead we tried baked dumplings with cheese sauce. These are typical Chinese-style pork dumplings that you might otherwise find in a bowl of noodles. The cheese sauce is hot when it is first delivered so be careful. It may seem like a strange combination but it's not bad.
Other snack items that caught the eye included fried turnip cake, hot and cold Vietnamese spring rolls, and some very tasty grilled, salted capelin which are served on skewers with a slice of lemon.
You can combine noodle options to suit your own preferences. There are four types of noodle to choose from, which can be served with chicken, various cuts of pork and beef, and fish. There is also a choice of soup bases which include satay, tom yam and white curry.
The white curry soup base is particularly intriguing, but white curry and pork chops are also available served with rice. The curry itself is rich and creamy. It is mildly spicy and has two sizeable fried pork chops swimming in it.
If you're not in the mood for Malaysian, there are Japanese and Korean-style stone bowls.
Mango and sago in coconut milk are available for dessert unless, as was the case when we visited, they've run out of mango.
What's not: The place mat menu is only in Chinese. You will need to ask to get an English version, which doesn't have as many pictures.
Cost: Curries and noodles are all HK$40-HK$50; snacks and starters are mostly less than HK$30. You can eat very well for about HK$100 each.