NEW RESTAURANTS

Qi Nine Dragons raises spice levels with Peking Road rooftop terrace

Lee Hill-choi

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2016, 8:02pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2016, 8:02pm

QI NINE DRAGONS
20/F & Rooftop, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2799 8899

 

A modern twist on Sichuan food, Qi Nine Dragons opened its latest restaurant, an easy stroll from iSquare, Tsim Sha Tsui. Sitting on the top floor with access to a rooftop terrace in Prince Tower, Qi Nine Dragons installed floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise its views over Victoria Harbour. Attracting local and overseas diners, the venue is a stark red and black with dragon designs throughout.

For starters, we had the tasty bang bang chicken (HK$80), a cold appetiser of chicken with shredded cucumbers and a spicy peanut sauce. Another winner, the fried calamari and pumpkin with Sichuan miso (HK$108), is a signature starter with an acceptable spiciness level for those seeking a milder experience. If you are a big fan of extra spicy, you can try out their "mala" dishes. We ordered the mala chicken (HK$125) for our main course, which serves a good portion of chicken fillets on top of a bed of chilli leaves.

The highlight was the braised Mandarin fish fillet in chilli oil soup (HK$200 for small; HK$300 for large). This is an exquisite combination of flavourful spices, glass noodles and fish fillets.

To cool down for dessert, there is the red bean pancake (HK$75) which is a red bean-filled, fried pancake with either vanilla or green tea ice cream. We also tried the red bean puffs (HK$75 for four pieces in a portion) that bear a slight resemblance to Dutch doughnuts. Each one is filled with a nugget of red bean paste, and topped with sugar.