Edo & Bibo Oyster & Steakhouse
28/F Macau Yat Yuen Centre, 525 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Tel: 3421 0472
Open: noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm (dinner only on Sundays)
Price: about HK$400 without drinks and the service charge.
Ambience: the narrow restaurant has a private room at one end that seats up to 12, and an oyster bar with high stools at the other. We were walk-in customers and given a table very close to the next one and divided by just an open screen, so we could hear our neighbours' conversation. The people in the private room were quite noisy, but we were still able to hear the annoying music, which included Even the Nights Are Better and (Can't Live If Living Is) Without You.
Pros: although the food took a long time to be served (probably because the kitchen was busy cooking for the private party), when it finally came, it was delicious. The servers, especially the manager, were helpful, and obviously very proud of the food.
Cons: other than the music, there wasn't much to complain about. The beef tartare with Italian black truffle and quail egg (HK$150) had good flavour, but the texture was pasty.
Recommended dishes: lobster bisque with brandy, lobster and cream (HK$95) was a large serving, and absolutely delicious - intensely flavoured but light in texture, with large chunks of meat. A chef's recommendation of Sicilian-style king prawn spaghetti (HK$198) came with a huge, sweet, fresh prawn, a well-balanced tomato sauce and perfectly cooked pasta. The waiter asked how we wanted the Spanish Iberico pork 'secreto' (the neck and shoulder meat) cooked, and I asked for medium rare. It came just as ordered. The nicely seasoned meat was well-marbled and succulent, and excellent thick-cut fries that were crisp on the outside and soft within. We were too full for dessert.
What else? The restaurant has a good selection of raw oysters, including creative oyster shooters.