Hong Kong budget eats

Restaurant review: Flames Charcoal Chicken, Quarry Bay - good to chill

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 March, 2015, 11:01pm

Flames Charcoal Chicken is proving to be a popular place to chill out with friends and family. It was opened in February by a former engineer who studied and worked in Australia, where roast chicken is a common option for an easy meal.

There are two types of chicken to choose from: one with mixed herbs and breadcrumb stuffing, the other a Portuguese-style marinated flat chicken with a local twist. Half a chicken costs HK$78, and if you opt for a combo it comes with rice (HK$77), chips (HK$79), or two salads (HK$84).

We liked the Portuguese-style marinated flat chicken most, as it was juicy and flavourful - something the owner says comes from the chilli oil, which keeps the moisture in, and adds to its colour and fragrance. The chicken with mixed herbs stuffing wasn't as moist.

The thick-cut chips with chicken salt are a delight. For a lighter meal, the chicken Caesar salad (regular for HK$48 or large for HK$68) features strips of hand-pulled roast chicken meat. Other salad options are available.

Vanessa Yung

Flames Charcoal Chicken, Hoi Wan Building, 25 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay. Tel: 2563 9928. Open: Monday-Friday noon-9pm; Saturday noon-4pm