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Restaurant review: Fishsteria – fantastic seafood beautifully cooked

This light and charming space in Wan Chai looks to have finally got its offering right, after two false starts

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 December, 2015, 12:33pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 January, 2016, 10:20pm

It’s three times lucky for the space that is now Fishsteria; it was in quick succession Roast Pot (which moved), then the short-lived Opera House (which closed shortly after having red paint thrown on the door).

The upstairs dining area (the bar is downstairs) is light and charming, with seafood-related knick-knacks such as a metal octopus sculpture and a puffer fish under glass.

The menu, as you’d expect, is seafood focused, including a good selection of oysters and some sustainable caviar for those on expense accounts.

Our only complaint about the food concerned the first dish: we loved the smoky flavour and very tender texture of the octopus gallega with mashed potato (HK$168) but it was served too cold. Oozing, soft burrata cheese came with roasted bell pepper dressing, grilled vegetables and thick balsamic vinegar (HK$178).

Mussels and clams with white wine sauce (HK$188 for 500 grams) were delicious; the mussels were small and tender, the clams were chewier, but had great flavour.

The mains were even better than the starters. Tagliatelle with sea urchin, scallops and seaweed (HK$288) was rich and delicious, with plenty of uni and small pieces of scallop.

Whole Dover sole (HK$368 per kilo) was perfectly cooked so the moist flesh came off the bone easily. Fritto misto (HK$298) was fantastic: a great selection of seafood including softshell crab, whitebait, squid tentacles, tiny sweet shrimp, sardine fillets and scallops, along with fried vegetables and onions, and a bowl of aioli on the side. Sgroppino al limoncello (HK$108) was a tart, refreshing, light end to the meal.

Fishsteria, 111 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2343 8111. About HK$435 without drinks or the service charge