Zummer - Fine Dining & Bar
23-25/F QRE Plaza, 202 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
Tel: 2574 6692
Open: noon-2.30pm (last order), 6.30pm-10.30pm (last order)
Price: about HK$450 without drinks or the service charge.
Ambience: the lower floor of the two-storey space is more of a lounge area, with round tables, circular seating, dim lighting and an oyster bar. We were led up the dark stairs to the bright dining room.
Pros: although the staff tried to give us a table right between two that were occupied, they moved us to a less crowded area at our request, and turned off the air conditioner when we said it was too noisy and cold. The manager was accommodating, and although he was initially hesitant to serve my pork loin to my requested medium, rather than medium-well, it was done to my liking.
Cons: the menu is too extensive and needs focus. The 'classic Caesar' salad (HK$128) had a balanced dressing, but it comes with non-classic additions such as tempura soft-shell crab, which was oily, and bacon bits. The portion was too large for an appetiser, and it was difficult to eat because it was served in a bowl. The puff pastry in the strawberry Napoleon (HK$78) was flaky but didn't taste of butter, and the sauces looked and tasted as if they came out of a squeeze bottle. The chocolate pudding (HK$88) lacked intensity; the best part of dessert was the white chocolate ice cream.
Recommended dishes: the kurobuta pork loin with plum gravy and sauteed cabbage with bacon (HK$238) were hearty, moist, tender and well-seasoned. My guest ordered the set menu, which is priced according to the main course ordered, and came with smoked salmon salad with crab roe and soup of the day (an innocuous carrot soup with too much cream). The barbecued baby back ribs (HK$358) tasted too much of bottled smoke, but he liked the meat so much, he picked the bones to get every last bite.
What else? The restaurant space was formerly DAP JP Wine.Dine.