The Picture House gastropub in Sai Kung is big on family values

Restaurant’s name harks back to the building’s original use as a cinema and the décor reflects that, with old photos of the site on the wall, and old film reels

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 10:46am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 10:46am

The Picture House is a new gastropub in Sai Kung,on the site Steamers used to occupy. Owners Kim Minards and Rob Cooper of the Enoteca Group have revamped the interior and menu, making it more family friendly. The name harks back to the building’s original use as a cinema and the décor reflects that, with old photos of the site on the wall, and old film reels.

We started with the crispy calamari with Harissa mayonnaise (HK$96), which was cooked perfectly and enough for two or three, as was the rustic chicken liver pâté with toast and home-made pear relish (HK$72), and jalapeño poppers with cream cheese, bacon stuffing and ranch dip (HK$68). All the starters were tasty. We especially loved the chicken liver with the balance of sweet pear relish. For mains, we had the Thai beef tenderloin salad, hickory smoked (HK$136), which was also a large and tasty portion.

The Thai sweet, sour and chilli sauce brings the dish together. The Picture House wagyu burger with Gruyère cheese, bacon and home-made chilli tomato jam (HK$158) was a winner. The burger was perfectly cooked and the jam gave it a kick. The battered cod with chips, chunky tartar and grilled lemon (HK$158), aka fish and chips, was also a generous portion. The cod was soft and melted in the mouth and the chips were thick. The dessert was the star of the show. We loved the marmalade and whisky bread and butter pudding, which came with whisky-infused cream. The restaurant has alfresco dining, too.