Hong Kong’s Envoy keeps faith in tiffin lunch
The four-course lunch is served in traditional metal boxes. The dishes change every few weeks
A cocktail bar and restaurant on the third floor of boutique hotel The Pottinger, Envoy is sleek, with marble and wood features with tufted sofas. The long bar leads into the restaurant, which has a patio for alfresco dining.
COST The four-course tiffin lunch set is priced at HK$238 for one, and HK$468 for two. For an appetiser and main, it costs anywhere from HK$208 to HK$258, with an additional HK$58 for sides and HK$38 for desserts.
TURN-ONS The four-course tiffin lunch, served in traditional metal boxes. The dishes change every few weeks. We tried the cold spicy shredded cucumber, bell pepper and fungus with noodles done in Asian spices, sesame and chilli oil. The dish was well balanced with a perfect level of chilli so as not to overpower the sesame and other flavours. The mixed crunchy garden vegetables of baby carrots, corn, lady fingers, onions and egg plant were blanched with herbs, salt and pepper.
The seafood and fish Goan curry with rice was hot. Goan curry is known to be spicy and I was told they had toned down the chilli for local palates. It featured fish, prawns and scallops in a hot and zesty sauce. The alternative set menu has a choice of appetisers and mains. We went for the kale and romaine salad with garlic crouton crispy bacon and Caesar salad, which had a tangy kick to the dressing.
For mains, the seared duck breast with Lyonnaise potatoes, red wine poached pear and artichoke (HK$248) was excellent.
For dessert, the warm bread and butter pudding is a must-try. The pudding is light with choux pastry on top with vanilla sauce.
TURN-OFFS The bathrooms are a floor down.
DRINKS Tea and coffee comes with the set.