West Soho, with Davis Street acting as a spine, is become king of cuisine in Island west with an array of exquisite eateries mushrooming in the area. At the same time. the well-established old-time restaurants continue in their strongholds, together creating a shop-mix of the old and the new bringing variety and choice.
Bistronomique on Davis Street is a Michelin Bibendum-recommended restaurant for 2014, with a reputation that is causing long queues of eager customers as a daily scene. Prior reservation is therefore strongly recommended. The restaurant features a simplistic decor with a daylight-lit environment which allows customers to enjoy views through window during daytime. Their Caesar Salad adds anchovy to make the taste even richer. The chefs there would never under-or over-cook the risotto or pasta just to adapt to customers’ preference. Whatever a customer chooses will never disappoint.
Run by Singaporean restaurant group Les Amis, the newly-opened Bistro Du Vin is long and narrow in layout with a design using a high ceiling that is roomy enough to disperse street noise. The chef’s foremost recommendation is the suckling pig confit. Cooked in the same way as the French oil-sealed duck leg, the dish is served as a crispy, delicious and aromatic offering. The restaurant boasts of a service with thoughtfulness and facilities that cater to individual customers’ needs, promising an unforgettable experience.
Bresola is a small Italian restaurant that also demands prior reservation. Unlike Bistronomique, Bresola specialises in pizzas and pasta. An example is Pasta Puttanesca that comes with plenty of olives, artichoke and dried tomatoes mixed into the sauce while a potpourri of plant garnish aromas is part of the overall mix of a very rich-looking dish. Bresola’s Parma ham pizza is thin and crispy with an abundance of arugula and Parma ham atop - a must-try for pizza lovers.
Sammy’s Kitchen is a western-cuisine restaurant in Sai Ying Pun, well-known to everyone in the area because of its simple and cute cow-shaped neon sign. Sammy’s Kitchen has been serving the community for decades with its fine menu. What many customers, whether young and old, fall for is Sammy’s Hong Kong-style ‘soy sauce plus western cuisine’, namely, the all-in-one mix grill of pork chop, steak, chicken and sausage. My friend who, ages ago, took me to Sammy’s to celebrate his kindergarten graduation there, has done the same for the celebration of his daughter’s kindergarten graduation. But Sammy’s is not exclusively western. It also offers stir-fried Chinese noodles as side orders – which are not on the menu - for those who are in the know!
Bistro Du Vin
Shop 1D, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town
204-206 Queen's Road West, Western District
Shop B, G/F, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Western District
Shop D, G/F, Yue On Building, 78-86 Catchick Street, Western District