Fare International organic.
Ambience Snug, cosy seating in a deli-style setting with an open kitchen in a quiet, secluded part of bustling Wan Chai.
Cost Very reasonably priced. Starters from HK$38 to HK$48. Main courses from HK$88 to HK$108, including chef's specials. All vegetarian meals at HK$78.
Who to bring Vegetarian or health-conscious friends.
Turn-ons Yak cheese is a speciality, whether as a starter or in the cheesecake dessert. The cheese is sourced from Tibet as part of efforts to alleviate poverty. Starters included crispy yak cheese wontons with tomato salsa and deep-fried yak cheese and sweet potato ball. The wontons were delicious, with the cheese complemented well by the salsa, but the cheese and potato balls were slightly bland. A main course of baked sole fillet with ginger, lemon grass, tomato and pepper was brought to the table steaming hot in a tin foil parcel. The braised lamb shank in Thai curry sauce (below) was a surprisingly good mix of flavours. The meat was tender and fell off the bone. The dishes come with rice or a startlingly purple serving of mashed sweet potato. The cheesecake was delightfully subtle.
Turn-offs Not all the food is accredited as organic but, as NaturoPlus director Ellen Leung Ka-ying points out, seafood and lamb are by nature free range, and you can't get more organic than yaks living at high altitude in Tibet, feeding on grass, herbs and lichen. Most vegetables are bought from local organic farms.
Drinks The organic Wild Fox red and white wines are a must.
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