Hong Kong restaurant reviews

Restaurant review: Casa Kennedy Town - delicious, well-priced fare, and games room

The food is interesting and most of what we tried was good. There's a games room for some fun. On the downside, the tables are high and the bench seats uncomfortable

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 October, 2015, 10:58am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 December, 2015, 2:18pm

Cuisine: international tapas

Price: HK$136 without drinks. There’s no service charge.

Ambience: casual. You walk down a steep flight of stairs into the underground, windowless, industrial-like space which has high ceilings, a large bar and open kitchen along one wall, and an area where you can play darts and other games.

Recommended dishes: pulled pork sliders (Texan-style pulled pork with napa  cabbage slaw and provolone cheese) were  delicious, and at HK$70 for three, were well-priced. We’d go back again for those and to try some of the other sliders. Fried basil gnocchi (HK$70) looked dry but they weren’t – they were light, flavourful and moist. Spanish tortilla (HK$50) was an unusual version – the thick wedges of omelette had not just the usual egg and potato, but also spinach, so it was hearty and healthy.

Pros: the service is friendly.

Cons: the tables are high and the backless padded benches make for uncomfortable seating. The food is served family-style, but the plates diners are given to eat from are small. Buffalo cauliflower (cayenne cauliflower with blue cheese sauce, HK$70) had none of the lip-smacking addictive spiciness of Buffalo wings. The coating for the cauliflower was one-dimensional; it was mildly spicy but not interesting. Crispy pork belly (Hong Kong-inspired sous vide siu yuk, HK$70) wasn’t nearly as good as anything you’d find at a siu mei shop – the skin was  OK, but the meat was dry. The apple and fig “pate” served with it was excellent, though.

What else? The original Casa is in Sai Kung (tel: 5594 0007).

Casa Kennedy Town, 18 Woo Hop Street, 16 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, Western. Tel: 5649 9816