1/F Connaught Garden Block 1, 155 Connaught Road West, Western District
Tel: 2668 0036
Open: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Price: about HK$260 without drinks or the service charge
Ambience: bright and flashy, although it obviously appeals to a moneyed crowd. For much of the evening, we were the only diners in the main room. That made it seem very bleak, but two other groups, including one with a noisy child, came later in the evening. We were given a large table in the middle of the room, with comfortable chairs and a good view of the chefs in the open kitchen.
Pros: the service was helpful and attentive, and the waitress made good suggestions about what to eat.
Cons: the only problem we had was after the meal. When we tried to arrange for a photo shoot of the interior and the dishes we tasted, we were refused.
Recommended dishes: we liked all the dishes we ordered, and the food was served at a good pace, so we could eat everything at the right temperature. The sautéed king prawn (HK$58 each) wasn't the largest we've had, but it had the crunchy, bouncy texture of a very fresh shrimp. Braised goose web with abalone sauce (HK$48 each) had a rich, sticky, deeply flavoured sauce that coated the soft, tender goose foot. Sweet and sour Berkshire pork (HK$168) featured boneless pieces of high-quality meat with a well-balanced sauce. The crispy chicken (HK$198 for half) was a very good version of this Cantonese classic - the skin was thin and delicate, and even the breast meat was moist and tender. The leafy greens in superior stock (HK$88) were just slightly overcooked, but had a lot of flavour from the broth and whole cloves of garlic.
What else? Le Pinacle has private rooms and karaoke rooms. There's a small Japanese restaurant on the same floor of the building.