Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui offers superb dining options
From Nordic to Korean and Portuguese to Tex-Mex, Japanese and Italian, the area offers something for everyone
Celebrating its 13th year and one of the few Nordic restaurants in Hong Kong, FINDS is continually introducing fabulous new dishes that highlight the seasons. At this time of the year it is all about using preserved, smoked and pickled ingredients that are traditional in a region with a limited growing season. Preserving ingredients at their peak enables gourmet creations year round, which is exactly what the talented executive chef, Jaakko Sorsa, does here. A stunning example is the cold smoked reindeer rump served with golden and candy beetroot, smoked sour cream, fresh lingonberries that have been pickled, and cured grated egg yolk. A continual and harmonious loop of salty, smoky, earthy and sweet notes with hints of sour, this elegant dish is a must-try. Also excellent is the tender and flavourful slow-roasted venison with barley risotto, white carrot, pickled pumpkin, blackcurrant sauce and young spruce needles providing natural seasoning. There are excellent seafood dishes, so make sure to leave room for one (or more) of the creative desserts.
There are many good reasons why Yamm is famous for its buffet: the produce is top quality; the selections are varied, with more than 60 choices; new options are continually being introduced; and the ambience is welcoming. One of the most popular options is the seafood, including Boston lobster, which is flown in fresh daily and steamed just before serving - and you can taste the difference. Freshly shucked oysters are another top pick. There are live cooking stations; Southeast Asian, Indian, Japanese and Continental cuisines; and a colourful range of desserts. Newly introduced are the Cantonese roast meats (from Cuisine Cuisine), a tandoor station and a healthy station - with vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and low sugar/no sugar options, plus freshsalads. There are also regular theme nights.
Having relocated from Sai Kung in June, Mike’s Chicken is a Portuguese restaurant that focuses on the cuisines of former Portuguese colonies, such as Brazil, Macau and parts of Africa. The menu is extensive with a number of dishes based on family recipes from culinary and concept director, Michael Franco. His colourful personality and that of his wife, Caroline Ling adds to the dining experience. Tasty signatures include Mike’s Chicken (with cheese, herbs and garlic) spicy piri piri chicken, delicious Portuguese oxtail in port, and grilled sardines. Also look out for the Tau Tau clams that are steamed in white wine with fresh thyme, and bacalao (salted cod) fritters, either traditional or with cheese, and roast suckling pig. This place is also popular for afternoon tea with many sweet options.
Seating 16, this modern Japanese restaurant focuses on Omakase menus, with seafood flown in every day from Tsukiji Market. At lunch there are also some set options, as well as two tasting menus. For the full journey of seasonal Japanese delights at lunch try the superb eight-course chef’s Sushi Counter menu, which includes unique appetisers, steamed egg, creative sashimi (east meets west), five varieties of in-season sashimi, six pieces of sushi, hand roll, soup and dessert (try the salted vanilla ice cream if available). On the day of our visit, diners mostly consisted of Japanese speakers, always a good sign and a nod to quality and authenticity. The restaurant also has a good range of sake and Japanese whisky, which can be expertly paired with dishes.
Tex-Mex is on the menu at this bustling restaurant and bar. The menu is extensive with many selections in each category. A good sharing starter (generously portioned) is the signature beef, chicken or vegetarian nachos, which pairs perfectly with a margarita or sipping tequila. Tacos are generally served in threes and there is the option to have a mixed selection from such choices as pulled pork, shrimp, and the decadent Taco Bomb (foie gras, uni, fatty tuna and kimchi mayo). We enjoyed the Taco Rey Mysterio, with tender adobo marinated US top blade, taco slaw, mixed cheese, pico de gailo and smoked chipotle aioli. Other options include enchiladas, fajitas, burritos and chimichanga. There is also an intimate bar, for those who want to pop in for a cocktail and snack, with TVs showing sports.
Thanks to the privacy of its location and decorative details, dining alfresco on a sunny day at this Italian restaurant is as relaxing as being on holiday. In the evening, the ambience is warm and inviting. It is all about set menus at lunch, including the four-course executive menu. An antipasti combo starts the meal, with the highlight the Parma ham and perfectly ripe melon. A choice of soup follows, including cream of porcini mushrooms that had good depth of flavour. Main choices include several pasta options, such as the classic spaghetti aglio olio style with sautéed ocean prawns and slivers of chanterelle mushroom. More meaty choices included roasted chicken, char-grilled Iberico bone-in pork chop, and grilled prime-cut Angus tenderloin, and herb-crumbed fish.
Kimberley Road has long been known as “Korea Town”, with numerous Korean restaurants and bars on both sides of the road. One of the newest is Ssal Bori Ssal, which specialises in pairing Makgeolli (unfiltered rice wine) with dishes. The delicious Tiger Fresh Makgeolli has moderate body, carbonation and sweet notes, and pairs well with the braised pig trotter. Meanwhile, the pine nut fresh option’s light body, lower sweetness and acidity works well with the stuffed sesame leaf. Other choices include seafood spring onion pancake, burdock pancake, pork belly with condiments, spicy seafood and fishcake soup, and cheese kimchi fried rice topped with fried egg. There are also value-for-money set menu options.