Sanche Modern Korean
32 Gage Street, Central
Tel: 2628 3248
Open: Monday to Saturday noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Price: about HK$300 without drinks or the service charge
Ambience: it's a small, airy and comfortable room, although tables are too close together.
Recommended dishes: chicken kang jung (HK$128) were chunks of juicy, flavourful chicken with a delicately crisp coating, and a side dish of gochujang (spicy soya bean paste) dipping sauce, while the fried green peppers stuffed with minced beef (HK$128) were moist with the occasionally spicy kick. Barbecued beef short ribs (HK$188) had a nice flavour, but should have been served hotter. Mung bean kimchi pancake (HK$108) had a good amount of vegetables held together by the batter.
Pros: two of our servers - a manager and a waitress - were helpful, competent and accommodating.
Cons: the third server was not. He asked me what I wanted to drink even before I sat down; didn't want to close the sliding door, even though it was a cold night; and saw my friend pulling a hair (someone else's) out of her food but looked away and didn't do anything about it (we didn't complain, nor did we send the dish back). The thin slices of octopus in salad with yuzu ponzu (HK$88) were almost icy cold, and the "salad" part of the dish consisted solely of frisée. Bossam (HK$128) had slices of pork belly that were too tender - they fell apart when we tried to pick them up - and the cabbage leaves for wrapping the meat in were far too small. Japjae (glass noodles with vegetables, HK$108) would have been a fine dish, if it were not for the hair. Spicy seafood tokbokki (HK$128) had too much seafood and not enough of the chewy rice cakes.
What else? The website claims the food is presented in "modern tapas style" but we didn't see anything modern here other than not serving banchan (side dishes) and kimchi unless you pay for it - which we hope is not a trend.