Restaurant review: Hexa, Tsim Sha Tsui – not easy to find, but most dishes were worth the wait

The stir-fried crab with chilli and golden garlic was perfectly cooked and the double-boiled papaya in almond jus dessert was fantastic, but there were too many fatty parts on the meat dishes

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 January, 2018, 12:31pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 January, 2018, 12:30pm

The instructions from the lady at the information desk at Harbour City for getting to Hexa were complicated.

“You take the escalator up to the second floor, go past the make-up area, keep walking straight, go down the escalator and walk in the opposite direction [which would mean doubling back]…” I lost her at “Keep walking straight” and thought I could find an easier way.

Needless to say, I should have listened, but fortunately I ran into the two friends I was meeting for dinner, and we made our way over together.

Hexa is in a new area of Harbour City that has lots of empty shopfronts, and it’s not well signposted; we weren’t the only ones who seemed lost. Once we finally arrived, we were impressed by the view (fantastic) and bright and shiny Art Deco-inspired decor (lots of hexagons, as you’d expect).

From the starters section, we ordered the baked fresh abalone with spices. The price of HK$138 was for three pieces, and the manager offered to bring one extra (and charged accordingly) so everyone in our party of four could have one. They were tender, but the flavour wasn’t that exciting.

French beans with termite mushrooms (HK$88) was rather oddly also in the starter section (why wasn’t it in the vegetables menu?). The thin beans were crisp and snappy, and the mushrooms had a deep, intense flavour.

Roasted Iberico pork with honey sauce (HK$268) had light marinade but the meat was marred by chunks of pure fat. 48-hours slow-cooked beef rib (HK$398) had tender meat, but as with the pork, it could have been trimmed better to remove the overly fatty parts.

By far the best dish of the evening was the stir-fried crab with chilli and golden garlic (HK$498). It was perfectly cooked so the shell-on crabmeat was tender, moist and sweet, and the garlic and chillies didn’t overwhelm.

There was a mix-up with the rice dish. We ordered the braised pearl rice with matsutake mushrooms, morels and sea urchin (HK$198) but were served fried puntalette Yangzhou style (HK$158). Puntalette looks like rice, but the slippery texture makes it obvious that it’s pasta, instead. The flavour was fine, but we would have preferred the dish we ordered.

We loved the desserts. Double boiled pear with aged tangerine peel (HK$88) was subtle and warming, while the double-boiled papaya in almond jus (HK$98) was fantastic; the papaya was mildly sweet and the almond “milk” wasn’t overly bitter.

Hexa, Shop OTE 101, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2577 1668. About HK$500 without drinks or the service charge.

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