Business as usual at The Chinnery in Hong Kong

Restaurant named after British artist George Chinnery, has a masculine feel with deep upholstered armchairs, green leather banquettes and wood panelling

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 3:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 3:01pm

The Chinnery serves classic British fare, and is named after famed British artist George Chinnery, The Chinnery has a masculine feel with its deep upholstered armchairs, green leather banquettes and wood panelling. Times have changed for the venue, which was men only until 1990 and, when we arrived, there was a couple having an intimate dinner.Most customers were, however, businessmen in suits.

COST

Starters start from HK$188; mains (including curries and classics) from HK$288; and desserts are HK$118.

TURN-ONS

The service was impeccable, and we were treated with courtesy the moment we stepped into the restaurant. We were introduced to the special soups of the day - lobster bisque and onion soup. The former was like the essence of the ocean in a bowl while the latter was as rich and hearty as it should be. The pan-seared trout with green asparagus, fava beans and lemon butter sauce was exquisite: the skin of the fish was slightly crispy, while the flesh remained succulent. The asparagus was served two ways: sautéed in whole stalks, and sliced and seasoned in a lemon dressing. It added an extra dimension to the dish. The creamy and cottony apricot upside down pudding with Amaretto ice cream hit all the right spots.

TURN-OFFS

Although the meat in the shepherd’s pie was top quality, the seasoning was so heavy that we couldn’t taste much of the ingredients towards the end. The lemon tart was rather ordinary.

DRINKS

There are 18 wine options by the glass, including Champagne, whites, reds, a rose and dessert wines, in addition to premium spirits and classic cocktails.

The Chinnery

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd, Central, 2825 4009