Food review: Kaya Korean Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui
Kaya Korean Restaurant
Shop GO7 Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2331 9110
Price: about HK$400 without drinks or the service charge
Ambience: it wasn't overrun by tourists or too noisy.
Pros: the efficient and quiet ventilation system meant we didn't smell of barbecued meat after eating.
Cons: the service was some of the most careless and indifferent that we've encountered recently. Our main waitress seemed to have tunnel vision; she'd serve a nearby table but wouldn't even look over to see if we wanted anything.
We had to ask repeatedly for our tea cups to be refilled, and once, when she actually did fill our cups, she spilled tea on my place setting. We weren't the only ones to get annoyed: one couple made a scene and left because the same waitress told them she was checking the status of their food after they'd been waiting for a while, but apparently didn't.
The banchan selection was paltry and uninteresting. The bossam (pork wrapped in lettuce, HK$385) was disgustingly fatty, and this is coming from someone who normally complains other versions are too lean. Some of the slices had a layer of fat that was about 2.5cm thick. We left most of it and the manageress took it away without asking us if anything was wrong with it. The side order of lettuce with bean paste (HK$68) came without the bean paste, which we had to ask for. The cold home-made buckwheat noodles in soup (HK$138) had bland broth.
Recommended dishes: the top-grade US beef short ribs (HK$235) were fine because of the quality of the meat. Various pan-fried dumplings (HK$160) were well-cooked so they had crisp bottoms and moist fillings, although we couldn't always detect the different flavours in the five types. The raw tuna with fresh vegetables in spicy-sour sauce (HK$130) hadn't been toned down.
What else? The original Kaya is in Causeway Bay (tel: 2838 9550).