Star Restaurant

The decor lacks charm. Photos: May Tse

Even on a Friday night the restaurant was relatively quiet, which was handy after a long week. The generously sized roasted king prawns and mango fresh fruit salad (HK$118) could have made a meal on its own, although it is a starter. The food exceeded expectations, which were, admittedly, low after we perused the menu filled with bright 80s-style photographs of dishes.

Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 10:22am

Table talk

Table talk

Zeffirino Ristorante at the Regal Hongkong Hotel in Causeway Bay has a dinner on August 30 featuring the wines of Castello Banfi.

23 Aug 2012 - 9:19am

Book: Jean-Georges - Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef

Book: Jean-Georges - Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef




31 Aug 2012 - 6:46pm

La vie en boeuf

The fifth round of Towngas Young Master Chef took place on Wednesday. The head chef of European restaurant Whisk, Bjoern Alexander, imparted the wisdom of French cooking to our contestants.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Hip hip, hooray for strawberries

Strawberries are possibly the most summery of fruits: fragrant, juicy and sweet. Accompanied by a dollop of cream, they're an important part of the famous Wimbledon tennis championships.

If you're lucky enough to have picked them yourself, you've experienced one of the most joyful summer activities.

Strawsamic sauce

15 Aug 2012 - 10:46pm

Basic sauces bring tasty twist to comfort food

White, or bechamel, sauce is one of five French 'mother' sauces that forms the basis of many dishes. For example, macaroni or cauliflower cheese, moussaka, lasagne, fish pie, chicken pie and creamy soups.

Basic white sauce

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Table Talk

Inagiku Japanese restaurant at the Royal Garden Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui is serving a summer kaiseki dinner menu with sake pairing for HK$1,580 plus 10 per cent. The 10-course meal includes green pea jelly with prawn meat and sea urchin; simmered Shizuoka eel with eggplant; a teppanyaki course of Saga beef steak with seaweed salt and wasabi; and vinegared abalone with mangosteen.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hidden treasures offer a taste of little Brittany

You have to look carefully to find Hong Kong's two French cr? restaurants, La Cr?rie in Wan Chai and Fleur de Sel in Causeway Bay, as both are hidden above street level in nondescript buildings.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pear market

The nashi doesn't come in the typical pear shape - it looks more like an apple, which explains why it's also called the apple-pear. Another common name for it is Asian pear, because the fruit is grown in parts of East Asia.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ryu Gin

101/F International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Tel: 2302 0222 Open: 6pm-9.30pm (last order) Cuisine: Japanese kaiseki

Price: the 10-course kaiseki dinner is HK$1,980 per head without drinks or the service charge.

Ambience: those sitting at window-side tables have a great view.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Poetic licence for one of life's simple pleasures

During the Tang dynasty (618-907), there was a man named Cao Ye, who is said to have failed the imperial examinations nine times. When he did eventually pass his exams, he was hired as a scholar, but his straightforward, candid writing style got him fired, and he was sent back to his hometown of Yangshuo, a town south of Guilin in present-day Guangxi.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Table talk

Six mixologists, including Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2011, Manabu Ohtake, will be mixing drinks at the MO Bar at The Landmark Mandarin in Central until Saturday. There is also a cocktail pairing dinner from tonight until Saturday, with five courses and six cocktails each night for a single table of 12 guests for HK$15,000 plus 10 per cent. Bookings: 2132 0077

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hip joint outshone by the real deal

It's a pity that okonomiyaki is little known compared to sushi, ramen and yakitori - the dish is Japan's version of soul food. It's a thick savoury pancake, usually filled with pork, shredded cabbage and cheese, amongst other ingredients.

Okonomi means 'what you like' and yaki means 'grilled'.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Japanese chef shows how he built an empire with dish of rice and pork in garlic sauce

Japanese restaurant Sutadonya, founded in 1971, has won many fans with its Sutadon (rice with pork cooked in garlic sauce).

But it only expanded from three to 58 outlets across Japan - while still drawing long queues of eager customers - after Hideto Hayakawa took over the reins in 1995.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Spaghetti Carbonara

A purist would say this isn't authentic carbonara because it should use guanciale - cured pork jowl. If you can find it in Hong Kong, feel free to use it; in the meantime, pancetta makes a fine substitute.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am