Old Bazaar Kitchen takes Hong Kong food lovers on a trip down memory lane
The new location of the restaurant is a step up from the cha chaan teng feel of its old premises, and the décor provides a nod back to old Hong Kong
The recently reopened restaurant, serving local Hong Kong fare with touches of Southeast Asian flavours, has a much more pleasant ambience than it did at its previous premises on Wan Chai Road. The new place is bigger and brighter, with nostalgic pictures on the walls providing a nod back to old Hong Kong.
We tried the lunch set, which is mix-and-match - with an appetiser, a choice of mains from the à la carte menu and a drink for between HK$75 to HK$85. The second option was a noodles or rice set with a choice of meat for between HK$78 and HK$138.
The new premises certainly are a step up from the cha chaan teng feel of the restaurant’s previous location, making it a more comfortable venue for lunch. The food selection is mainly the same, although prices have crept up a bit. It was a warm spring day when we visited the diner and the fresh cucumber with mashed garlic and the cold tofu was a refreshing start to the meal.
The Malaysian yellow curry beef brisket was a pleasant surprise. Thick and pungent, it went well with our steamed rice, which we devoured quickly. The mixed noodles set with the signature fresh chicken in scallion soy sauce was good although offered no major surprises.
The menu, however, does get a little complicated if you haven’t been there before; you really need a little time to sort out what goes with what. Desserts are paltry, with only ice cream selections. For drinks, there are basic cha chaan teng options with three beers to choose from.