Tott's - Talk Of The Town
34/F The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Tel: 2837 6786
Open: Monday-Saturday noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm, Sunday 11.30am-3pm, 6.30-10pm
Ambience: After a month-long renovation, the restaurant is no longer reminiscent of a 1970s nightclub: it's now sleek and modern but, fear not, the harbour view is as impressive as ever.
Price: A three-course dinner without drinks and 10 per cent service charge costs about HK$350 each.
Cons: Maybe a case of too many hands spoiling the service, but on more than one occasion we were asked the same question by different people. Putting aside fears of clogged arteries, I opted for the duck breast with fois gras served on truffle mash (HK$288, above) but, sadly, it wasn't the decadent indulgence I expected, with the duck on the tough side. The starter of ravioli of morel and chanterelle mushroom and pancetta and asparagus (HK$118) was bland and undercooked.
Pros: The extensive menu caters for all tastes and selecting a dish was difficult. Cocktail lovers are spoilt with a hip new menu featuring champagne concoctions and exotic flavoured martinis.
Recommended dishes: The fat and juicy fried prawns in tempura butter with arugula and spicy mayonnaise (HK$148) had the taste buds dancing, while the pork loin with pommery mustard (HK$208) was tender and its bed of bacon mash scored high on the comfort food radar. The dessert menu impressed with the apple crumble and vanilla ice cream (HK$98) and fresh fruit platter with just the right amount of zingy raspberry sorbet (HK$98) getting the big thumbs up.
What else? The facelift includes a new private room tucked away in the corner - ideal for intimate dining. Two private booths near the open kitchen would also be suitable for private functions.