Harbour Restaurant

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 October, 2009, 12:00am

Fare Chinese.

Ambience The big windows at the front let in the waterfront view; inside it is rustic, with bench tables and booths, and it has a relaxed, open seaside feel.

Cost HK$150-HK$250 without drinks.

Turn-ons The traditional steamed chicken, served in a small wooden bucket (pictured above centre), was the highlight as the chicken was tender and delicately flavoured, and the fresh coriander and ginger strips gave it a fresh, light taste. The braised pork belly with sweet dark vinegar (pictured above left) was also delicious, the meat coming apart with the slightest pressure and melting in the mouth. With its thick layer of fat, it's not a dish for those suffering from high cholesterol, however. The steamed tofu jelly and clam in supreme soup was comforting with its tofu and egg white base, as was the glutinous soup sprinkled with gai lan stems, mushrooms and chewy clams.

Turn-offs The TV on the wall blasting cartoons. The sliced pork belly and cucumber strips (pictured above right) came appealingly draped on a wooden rack, and while the refreshing cucumber and fiery sauce were enjoyable, the pork belly had hard lumps of something unidentifiable embedded in the meat. The smoked duck and tomato and onion with herbs in deep fried pockets (pictured) was disappointing - the tomato relish was too sweet and overpowered the flavour of the duck and the pockets were tasty but oily. There were too many flavours competing in the stir-smoked duck slices and shrimp in mixed beans - the shrimp tasted like the smoked duck and the beans were smothered in garlic.

Drinks Two red wines, one white and beer. Also fruit juices and tea.

1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, 28180101