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Gordon Ramsay’s new Hong Kong restaurant: Our verdict on gastropub London House

The menu is straightforward and the food tasty, if a little pricey, at Tsim Sha Tsui East gastropub

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 September, 2015, 12:15pm
UPDATED : Monday, 28 September, 2015, 12:20pm

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has kept the menu straightforward at gastropub London House in Tsim Sha Tsui East, his second Hong Kong restaurant. 

Prices are on the high side. The piping-hot toad in the hole (HK$108), featuring three small sausages nestled in Yorkshire pudding and with red wine sauce, was slightly salty but had lots of flavour. The three large pieces of fish in the main course of  fish and chips (HK$198) were  tough because they were slightly overcooked, but we liked the  accompaniments of crushed peas and fries.

Our other main course was the beefburger (HK$158), cooked medium-well as we requested, then cut in half.  It was a hearty, messy and enjoyable dish, with the thick patty topped with pancetta, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and sriracha  mayonnaise that added a subtle kick.

Desserts are traditional English ones such as bread and butter pudding (HK$78) and sticky toffee pudding with muscovado caramel (HK$88). We settled on Eton mess (HK$88), which was big enough for at least two to share. The dessert had plenty of chantilly cream and some strawberries, although more of the crunchy meringue would have given its texture  better balance.

In addition to the usual beer, cider and cocktails, the drinks list has plenty of non-alcoholic offerings, such as the lemonade (HK$68) with strawberry syrup, lime, mint and soda.The wine list is quite extensive, with prices ranging from HK$300 to the most expensive bottle on the list, the Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva  at HK$6,500.

The two floors of London House have a great view of Victoria Harbour, and there is outside seating which will be perfect in the cooler months but is a bit hot to occupy now. The decor is reminisicent of an English pub, with wooden floors and dark wood wall panelling. The large screens showing football games (both European and North American) are distracting.

London House, G/F, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road. Tel: 3650 3333. Open 12pm to 1am Monday to Thursday, 11am-2am, Friday to Sunday and holidays