Restaurant review: Timon Seafood Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Wan Chai
Price: about HK$375 without drinks or the service charge.
Ambience: the downstairs area has counter seating, while the small space upstairs has tiny tables and chairs.
Recommended dishes: the rich, fatty, raw Mediterranean sardines (HK$48 each), served on toast with delicious, smoky-tasting pickled onions, were fantastic. Cod fish croquettes (three for HK$88) were hot and crisp, with plenty of the salted fish, but we couldn't taste any artichoke in the accompanying dip. Spicy clams cooked in manzanilla (HK$128) were fresh and sweet, with delicious onions in a light sauce. Garlic prawns with white wine sauce (HK$98) were succulent. The grilled Iberico pork shoulder loin (HK$168) was served rare. The thinly sliced meat, served tepid, had a great texture, and the chimichurri sauce was bright and refreshing.
Pros: onions are used in copious amounts, but we liked them every way the chef prepared them.
Cons: the only dish we didn't really like was the grilled whole squid (HK$88). It was a little dull, but the pieces of reserva Iberico bellota ham scattered on top improved the flavour.
What else? Timon is on the other side of Ship Street — past Queen's Road East, and away from all the other restaurants such as 22 Ships and Akrame.
Timon Seafood Tapas Bar & Restaurant, 33 Ship Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2111 0484. Open: Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sunday noon-10pm