One Stop Ristorante & Bar

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 July, 2012, 12:00am


One Stop Ristorante & Bar
52 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Tel: 2858 1018
Open: noon-10pm (Sunday and public holidays from 11am)
Cuisine: European

Price: about HK$300 without drinks or the service charge.

Ambience: like most of the restaurants opening in the rapidly gentrifying area of Sai Ying Pun, One Stop is friendly. It has an industrial feel, with pressed woodchip accents and metal lights hanging from the high ceiling. The walls are hung with black-and-white and sepia-tinted photos of babies and city scenes, such as the London Eye.

Pros: it's quite a short menu, but that's fine, given the size of the kitchen, which had four cooks crowded into it.

Cons: some of the food needs more seasoning, a complaint we had about both of the starters - seafood bisque (HK$88) and live blue mussels with white wine sauce (HK$88). With the latter dish, most of the mussels were tender and sweet. But there were a couple of tough ones, and another was gritty. The sauce tasted mostly of cream. The vanilla creme br?lee (HK$78), topped with kiwi, strawberry and a blueberry, was too firm.

Recommended dishes: spaghetti carbonara (HK$98) came with mushrooms, in addition to the more standard pancetta. It needed pepper, but, other than that, the version was fine. Sauteed prawn with One Stop herb sauce was one of the more expensive dishes at HK$218. It was just one enormous prawn, which had tender meat and a head that was full of rich, seafood juices. The presentation, with mashed purple potatoes and bright green broccoli, was colourful.

What else? There's a One Stop shop on the other side of the road selling seafood, meat and other ingredients. One Stop Ristorante doesn't have a liquor licence, but you can bring your own alcohol or buy it from the One Stop shop, which has a small selection of wine and beer.