Restaurant review: Taste Restaurant & Bar where service is as fine as the food
Wan Chai Cantonese eatery delivers on ambience, flavour and price
Price: about HK$335 without drinks or the service charge.
Ambience: the tables were a little too close together but the place was comfortable enough.
Pros: service was very good – the manager made great recommendations, the dishes were served at the right pace, and they turned down the air-con when we asked.
Cons: we had no problems with the meal.
Recommended dishes: fried baby pigeon wasn’t that meaty, but the skin was crisp and well-seasoned.
Virgin crab (market price, the one we had was HK$328), cooked with what tasted like five-spice flavoured salt, was full of succulent, sweet meat with plenty of roe.
Goose intestines in spicy sauce (HK$138) was an excellent dish: the thick sauce – while it wasn’t at all spicy – went well with the fatty, crunchy intestines and the crisp bean sprouts underneath. The manager’s suggestion for an off-menu dish of lamb hot pot casserole (HK$368) was just right for the cool night.
The rich, bubbling broth held tender bone-in pieces of lamb belly, fu pei (dried bean curd skin), water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and mushrooms, and the side dishes of fu yu (fermented bean curd) that we mixed with the other ingredients was topped with aromatic, finely shredded kaffir lime leaves.
What else? The restaurant also specialises in hot pot, with a separate menu listing the options for broths and the raw ingredients to cook in them.
Taste Restaurant & Bar, Pao Yip Building, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, tel: 3707 1115