By David Sutton
2/F Plaza 2000
2-4 Russell Street
Tel 2368 1263
Branches also in Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok
Grub: A good range of salads, pasta and snacks.
Vibe: The two dining areas are bright and airy. White walls with pinewood trim are decorated with colourful abstract paintings. In the daytime, large windows let in a lot of natural light, even if there's not much to look at through them. Tables can easily be pushed together to seat large groups or kept separate for smaller groups or couples.
Who to bring: The shopping party. This is a great place to recharge after a spree and to compare purchases.
What's hot: Salads are the focal point of the menu, although there is plenty for those wanting something heavier, as well as a good range of snacks and starters.
The appetiser section includes salmon firecrackers - fresh salmon rolled in coriander and fried in a 'crisp wrapper' - four-cheese quesadillas and Asian nachos. The nachos are actually crisp fried wontons topped with chicken, melted cheese, a thick, sweet soy sauce and mayo spiked with wasabi.
The snack section, called This and That, offers side orders such as macaroni cheese and meatballs. The Cajun fries are thin and peppery and quirkily served in a small trash can.
The salads are also divided into two sections - 'entree' versions, which are really generous garnishes to meat or fish, and 'salads to share'. The latter are a little more interesting, with choices such as wild mushroom, Mexican beef tostada or sesame orange chicken. This chicken option, which also includes rice noodles and crispy wontons tossed in a tangy sesame and ginger dressing, is fresh and tasty, but could benefit from a little more chicken.
If you are sharing dessert, try the Applegreen signature combo. It includes creme brulee, cheesecake wrapped in filo pastry, applegreen crisp (apple crumble) and cinnamon ice cream.
What's not: The background music is a bit loud.
Cost: Appetisers, snacks and pastas range from HK$48 to HK$102. Salads to share come in two sizes and start at HK$45. Desserts are HK$48-HK$68. Hot and cold drinks are HK$18-HK$34.