Sunday, 18 March 2018

[TEA HUB] Where Tea Lovers unite

I appreciate teas so whenever there is a new tea house or tea themed cafe I have to go and check it out.
When you go in, you will notice the simplistic yet modern decor.

The menu is extensive, where you will find set meals, tea based drinks and cakes.

The set meal is pretty simple, you can choose from Chazuke, Noodles in tea soup, or noodles in cold tea soup paired with two sides from a choice of four.
Tried the Chazuke and Noodles in Tea Soup.
Both were filling and the sides that day were yuzu and sencha chicken wings, tofu in Jasmine tea, mixed mushrooms in oolong and fish in lemongrass orange dressing.
Noodles in Tea Soup:

As well as the tea flavours in the sides, there were lots of tea leaves that you could see in the tofu and mushroom.

There were so many drinks to choose from so I had the chocolate with masala which was chocolate with a hint of spices. Masala Chocolate:

The Matcha Au Lait was a popular drink, where you get to mix the matcha and pour it it. It was fun and you get try the matcha before you pour it in to see how it tastes.

As well as Matcha, they also had my favourite Earl Grey in chiffon cake form. It was light and fluffy complimented with my favourite whipped cream.

I can't wait to come again but queues are expected on the weekends.
Shop 2, G/F, Shining Court, 439 Shun Ning Road, Sham Shui Po
Tel: 23377278
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
Mondays: Closed

[Eatalian] Decent Italian food in SSP

I didn't have any expectations for Eatalian because most restaurant adapt their recipes to suit the people in the area.
Apart from that I liked the Restaurant logo and name which is a play of words EAT and ITALIAN pronounced Eatalian just like EeDaLe in Central.

Sat down and it was reassuring that there were expats dining there.
Started with the Parma Ham and Melon which was the first surprise because it was creative.
It wasn't just melon topped with ham but on the side there was Parma ham paired with young pea shoots and molecular melon balls which actually tasted in harmony.

The Linguine with minced shrimp, garlic and anchovy was so good that I could have eaten two portions.
It was light with strong prawn flavours and the saltiness from the anchovy.

Next was the Strozzapreti with proscuitto, fava beans, Parmesan, Black truffle.
I felt compelled to order this as you rarely see this on the Kowloon side and I wonder how long it will stay on the menu due to popularity.
Again it was flawless and hung the sauce well with fragrant truffle that wasn't too creamy.

For dessert, I had the Banana Walnut Toffee Cream Pie which was a bit like banoffee but much better because everything was well balanced with crushed walnuts in the cream and dreamy toffee and a nice biscuit base that was soft and firmly held together but not hard in texture.
Finished with tea which was a perfect ending.

Overall, I was more than impressed that I totally forgot I was in SSP.
Everything was top quality from the way they served the food and the presentation.
Price is above the average in that area but you are getting good quality food so lets hope they can keep the standard.

309 Lai Chi Kok Road, Sham Shui Po
Tel: 26176866

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Ocean Park Drink’N Music Fest 2018

Just when the theme park at Ocean Park goes to sleep, Aqua City comes alive with Ocean Park Drink’N Music Fest presented by Prudential.
This is the latest hip spot to chill and enjoy amazing live music with craft beer.

There are over two hundred different beers and gourmet food together with music performances over four consecutive weekends and Easter Holidays.
Getting there has never been any easier with the new Ocean Park MTR Station!!

That night I went to see Robynn and Kendy at 19:15 , before that I feasted myself on the food stalls.

Paying for food and drinks are simple with their re-loadable wrist band which works just like tap and go.

Here is a glimpse of the food and drinks that I had:
Spam musubi from Pololi:

Desserts from So Coco:

Fried chicken and wings from Chick n Chill:

Baked mushroom with bacon and cheese from How Cool:
Japanese desserts:

Noodles from Tristar:

Spicy noodles from Moo:

Hotdog from Berliner:
Limited edition “Tangerine Cream Beer”. Designed to mimic the flavour of an orange creamsicle.

Next was the rocking concert by Robynn and Kendy::

I hope to return for the final performance because Janice Vidal will be there.
More information regarding this event:
Event Dates: 10 March – 2 April 2018 (Every Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holiday Nights)
Opening Hours: 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
#During the event, Lakeside Chill, Neptune’s Restaurant, Aqua City Bakery, Aqua City Lagoon, Waterfront Plaza and Waterfront Gifts Shop will be opened till 11:00 pm.
All rides, facilities and exhibits will be closed at 7:00 pm.

[Neptune Restaurant] Spring Tasting Menu by chef K.K.Chan

In the past, I have only tried Western dishes at the Neptune Restaurant.
Now they have a new Spring 6 course tasting menu designed by chef K.K.Chan available from now until the end of June, featuring sustainable seafood and quality ingredients.
Started with the Four Colour Platter with refreshing “Crabmeat and Avocado Salad”, “Pan Seared Scallop with Yakiniku Sauce”, “Smoked Duck Egg”, and “Sliced Spicy Abalone”.
It was a great start with different flavours to please the palate.
Next was the “Stir-Fried Thai Tiger Prawn with Onion” which is inspired by flavours of Beijing and Huaiyang.
It was sweet and spicy with a garlicky aftertaste.

The “Double Boiled Silky Fowl Consommé with Arisaema Tubes Fungus, Morel, Bamboo Fungus and Peach Gum” was a really light soup with strong unami flavours from the mushrooms.
One bowl isn't enough.
For the mains, “Seabass and Italian Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus on Steamed Egg White and Supreme Pumpkin Soup” .
The egg white base was seriously silky flavoured by the rich pumpkin soup and the seabass and prosciutto were a great pairing.
The meaty mains were “Roasted Kagoshima BBQ Pork & Tea-Smoked French Spring Chicken.
It was the best of both worlds with chicken and pork.
Finished with the dessert platter of “Raspberry Panna Cotta”, “Deep-Fried Sesame Dumpling with Custard”, and the “Manchurian sweetmeat Glutinous Rice Flour Roll with Red Bean Paste”.
The sesame dumpling was evilicious as it was filled wtih liquid custard while the raspberry panna cotta was refreshing.

Chef Chan’s 6-course Chinese dining tasting menu is priced HK$688 per person, plus 10% service charge.

[Neptune Restaurant]
Address: 180 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang
Phone: 3923 2161

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

[LANEIGE] Sparkling Café Launch

LANEIGE is a popular South Korean Cosmetic brand so I was really excited when I found out that their pop-up booth at Langham Place which was launched today and will go on until the 24th of March.

All proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish foundation and all desserts costs $35 and you get a $35 coupon to spend at Laneige.

There are five different desserts to try:
-Golden Sparkling Soufflé Pancake (Limited quantities per day)
-Best Friend Bear Soufflé Pancake
-Pink Cloud Soufflé Pancake
-Sleeping Bear Water Cake (Starry Night & Dreamy Pink)

For me, I liked the Souffle pancakes because they were light and fluffy complimented by the dreamy cream!!
The sleeping water bear cakes were inspired by their new Sleeping water masks which cost $280/8.

LANEIGE Sparkling Café
Atrium, 4/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Kowloon
#LANEIGEHK #SparklingCafe #sparklemyway
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