Saturday, March 25, 2017

San Francisco sunshine at Lion Rock

A few weeks ago, found out that Lion Rock was going to launch this new BEAUTY BESTIE afternoon tea set in collaboration and inspired by Benefit Cosmetics available from April 1 to June 30, 2017, 15:00 – 18:00.
It costs HK$508 for two persons, HK$270 for one person and you get Benefit’s Make-up Goodies (valued at HK$229).

This tea set just clicked with me because Benefit Cosmetics is stylish and really appeals to me while the food items are inspired by American cuisine with a theme matching the cosmetics.

The tea set comes in a clear acrylic chest of drawers with cartooned Lombard Street (a famous winding street in San Francisco) as a background.

The drinks included are Rose Latte and Apple Eye.
I liked the Apple Eye which was a mix of apple juice, soda and rose syrup which complimented the savoury treats nicely while the Rose Latte goes well with the sweet treats.

Starting with the savoury treats in the middle drawer, there were American Lobster Rolls, Baked Mini Avocado and Crab Meat Pizza, Cajun Beef and Wild Mushroom Tortilla Roll, Deep-fried Buffalo Chicken Cubes on Bread Loaf and the Cheese Baked Smoked Salmon on Sweet Corn Cake.

Everything was a delight because you have all the American items there such as pizza, fried chicken, lobster rolls, tortilla rolls and Buffalo wings inspired fried chicken.
Nearly all of them were memorable especially the Cajun beef where they put thinly sliced prime beef in it and the Buffalo chicken which was tender and tasted like popcorn chicken.
On the top there was Creamy Shrimp and Clam Stew in Mini Herbs Bread Roll which is mimicking the New England style clam chowder bread bowl.

The mini clam stew was just too cute and damn delicious as well and it was surprising that I found so many clams in that tiny bun!!

Moving on the sweet items, there were raisin scones, a must have in tea sets which were crumbly and moist, along with Strawberry 3.6 Milk Puddings and girly cookies decorated with icing sugar.
Now to the last drawer which was also filled with goodies.
My favourite was the pink donut that was sprinkled with silver candy balls.

Then there was the Milk Chocolate Ganache Cake which was inspired by Benefits brow zings and gimme brow that is a delicious layer of soft chocolate made with Cacao Barry sandwiched between decorated milk chocolate.
Benefit's NEW GALifornia golden pink blusher is represented by the Grapefruit Vanilla Tart which will be changed to the dandelion twinkle version in May when this new blusher is launched!!
I found it refreshing and not too sweet.

Last but not least was the Raspberry Rose Yoghurt Mousse Cake which is in the shape of a toy car on top of a charcoal cookie representing Lombard Street!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Saga beef buffet at Mr. Steak Buffet à la minute

When Mr Steak was at Paterson Street, I used to go there frequently.

It was quite good back then offering lots of beef options before the whole of HK got their hands on all sorts of beef.

There were oysters and a good choice of seafood but all these are basics of a buffet these days because lobsters and seafood are offered almost everywhere.

It started to deteriorate when more tables were added to the point they were almost touching each other so I haven’t been back since.

Now they have moved to the WTC, I decided to go again and see if it has changed.

The buffet area is evidently bigger offering lobsters and crabs.

They are currently serving SAGA BEEF and freshly grilled seafood.

According to the SAGA website, Saga beef is esteemed as one of the best Wagyu beef brands in Japan.

The cattle used for our meats are fattened in adherence to the regulations of the Japan Agriculture Co-operative, and we use only Japanese black cattle registered with their cattle traceability system. Japan Meat Grading Association rates is a 4 or above for meat quality and has a BMS of 7 or above, and their Saga-Wagyu beef is rated between 2 and 4 for meat quality and has a BMS of 6 or below.

There were other items such as Chinese soups, drinks bars, spinning salad bowl bar so it was quite good.

What I had:

Every night people can have their messages written on plates and surprise their friends/family etc.

Customer service was quite good that night because they collected used plates and gave you new napkins regularly and even offered to help you take photos.
Mr. Steak Buffet à la minute:
World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Seafood Sunday brunch with music

Wake up to a good brunch with live music and seafood at ALIBI - Wine dine be social, CORDIS in Hong Kong.

There are plenty of freshly shucked Pacific rock oysters, poached prawns, New Zealand mussels, scallops and Canadian snow crab for those who love seafood.

On the Western selections, there are cold cuts, cheese, Raclette cheese, Live egg station and more.

Hot dishes include paella, slow roasted suckling pig, vegetable gratin and grilled prawns.

There was free flow of fruit juices, meji yoghurts and sweet treats:

Now to the food, I loved the scrambled eggs because you get to choose the ingredients and the Raclette cheese is always my favourite.

For mains, there is a choice of Wagyu beef, Lobster thermidor and lamb so we had different mains.
I thought lamb and beef were the best.

Finished with a Citrus flavoured souffle and Belgian waffle.

Cordis Facebook:

Alibi - Wine Dine Be Social Sunday Brunch video:

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