Amazing.One Fine Cuisine
Shop 10, Hang Sang Mansion 48-78 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Tel: 2547 8787
Open: noon-3pm, 6-10pm
Cuisine: mostly European
Price: about HK$175, without drinks or the service charge.
Ambience: neighbourhood-style. Most of the other customers seemed to live near the restaurant.Pros: it has a short menu - which is fine for such a small place with a minuscule kitchen.
Cons: when your restaurant name includes the words 'amazing' and 'fine cuisine', certain expectations are raised. In this case, they aren't met. The food was competently cooked, a lot of thought has been put into presentation (with most of the dishes), there was some interesting and creative cooking by the chef, and it's well-priced. But it was not amazing. The baked escargot with green tea (HK$48) tasted fine, but unlike the other dishes, the presentation was a failure, as it looked unappetising. The fish in the caramelised black cod fillet with yam and potato mousse and ginger and orange butter (HK$148) was nowhere near caramelised - instead, it was pale and flaccid.
Recommended dishes: the spring roll cigar with chicken wild mushroom mousse (HK$48) had a presentation that made us smile - it looked like a half-smoked cigar - complete with ash - laid out on an ash tray. It had a hot and plentiful filling and was crisply fried. The best dish was the eel fried rice with truffle paste (HK$108), served in a Korean dolsot (stone bowl), which keeps the well-flavoured rice and tender eel sizzling hot for the whole meal. Baked ling fish fillet with truffle paste (HK$98) was moist, but the pesto angel hair pasta accompanying it needed a lot more sauce. Desserts of creme brulee and floating island (HK$20 if ordered ?la carte) were surprisingly good.
What else? The set dinners include soup or salad and coffee or tea, with dessert for an additional HK$15.