Review: Come Into Chiuchow Restaurant
1/F Prat Mansions, 26-36 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2322 0020
Open: 11am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm
Price: about HK$245 without drinks or the service charge.
Ambience: although the main room was large, it wasn't that noisy and tables were set comfortably far apart.
Pros: the manager who took our order was happy to recommend dishes, seemed proud of the food and didn't give us the hard-sell to try to make us order expensive dishes.
Cons: the lo sui sauce for the soy goose platter (HK$200) was quite weak in flavour, although the meat from both the breast and thigh were tender, and even better were the thick slices of liver and bean curd. The bitter flavour of mustard green braised with pork belly, mushrooms and dried shrimp (HK$120) was a little too muted.
Recommended dishes: "fried fish meat noodles" (HK$90) - short, thick strands of noodles made of mashed fish meat cooked with bean sprouts, yellow chives, Chinese celery and other vegetables - was a messy looking but soothingly subtle dish. Piping hot deep-fried minced prawn balls and crab meat dumplings (HK$80) - the latter wrapped in dried (and reconstituted) bean curd sheet - were served with a tart plum dipping sauce. A daily special of fried yellow croaker (HK$180) had fish that somehow maintained a delicate crunch, despite being braised with Chinese celery. The best dish was deep-fried meat and leek cakes (HK$60) - delicate, finely textured flaky pastry that had been tinted green with the juice of garlic chives.
What else? The too-extensive menu also lists a number of Cantonese dishes.