From farm to table: Rhoda is the place to bring friends for a casual night out with good food
G/F Upton, 345 Des Voeux Road West, 2177 5050
A Western farm-to-table concept, the interior is comfortable industrial chic by designer Joyce Wang. It has warm, moody lighting and tables far enough apart to allow privacy. Best seats are at the bar facing the kitchen where chef Nate Green explains his philosophy and tosses extras bites your way. This is a place to bring friends who enjoy a casual night out with good food.
We started with divine beer bread made from Suntory dark ale and served with seaweed butter (HK$28), but it was the tartare of wild Hereford beef with egg yolk purée (HK$288) that sent us straight to heaven. The egg yolk added the right clingy texture to the beef. The Hokkaido scallops (HK$198) served raw with a topping of pink grapefruit, basil and picked ginger was fresh and sweet, while the tartare of rock fish was another testament to his tartare specialities. Our two choices from the grill - the Hawke's Bay lamb rump (HK$398), juicy and just done, and the Sawara from Fukuoka (HK$198) - were perfect.
The portions were substantial and, between the two of us, we could only manage a ginger biscuit trifle (HK$88) which offers layers of surprises. We appreciated that they only charge HK$5 per head for unlimited still or sparkling water. The only disappointment was the crispy Mangalica pig skin (HK$38), which could have been crispier, and would probably have gone better with a beer instead of being a starter. There is an extensive selection of Old and New World wines, by glass, carafe as well as by bottle, and cocktails.