Shop C, G/F Chevalier House
45-51 Chatham Road South
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 3691 9205
Vibe: This is a modern little diner with a big, bright window at the front. (The entrance is just around the corner on Prat Avenue.) The wall along the back is painted black and menu items are chalked on it. Cool jazz plays in the background.
Who to take: It's equally well suited to a post-shopping trip with mates, or a family dinner after a visit to the nearby Science or History Museums.
What's hot: A well thought-out menu offers a good range of familiar dishes. The appetisers include nachos, potato skins, chicken wings and an assorted sausage platter.
The crispy potato skins are served piping hot, stuffed with bacon, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and garnished with parsley. They were very tasty but could have benefited from a more generous helping of the cheeses.
The salads seem a little on the expensive side although the Caesar, to which you can add prawns or grilled chicken, might be good for those that prefer something a little lighter.
There are a few risotto options - the crispy sole with bechamel sauce was tempting - and the pasta options are even more varied. There are the popular bolognese and carbonara, but some of the others, such as prawn with spaghetti al nero (black spaghetti), or smoked salmon with grilled bell peppers are much more interesting. Vegetarians might like to try the penne with deliciously tangy sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus. Serving sizes are decent, but not quite big enough to share between two.
A few burger options are available, including a Norwegian salmon burger. There is also a range of popular pizzas. One that stands out is the Popeye. The toppings include bacon, spinach and tomato on a thick layer of mozzarella, topped with two eggs that cook in the heat of the cheese. All the pizzas are on a thin crispy base.
The dessert choices include cheesecakes and sundaes, tiramisu and panna cotta (Italian custard). There is also a dessert called an ice cream and honey toast box which is made up of ice cream, fruit and whipped cream in, what looks like, a hollowed-out loaf of bread. It's large and expensive so we settled for the panna cotta with strawberries and blueberries.
What's not: Portion sizes for most dishes are on the small side.
Cost: This restaurant is a bit more expensive than you might expect given its location and cuisine. Appetisers and soup start at HK$48 and salads from HK$68. Pasta and pizza are HK$98 to HK$148. Deserts are HK$38. Expect to pay about HK$150 per person.