My oh my, how quickly the time flies. It’s been a few days since the last post and already I am forgetting what we did and where we ate. It is November 21, and we are in the Wan Chai area. The stores at the mall don’t open until 10 am and we have been up for a while. I find Starbucks again, they are all over the place here in Hong Kong, and we order a meatball and potato pie.
Kaela says the meatball pie is good, so I’ll take her word for it. Kaela finds a store that sells Studio Ghibli items, so she’s a happy camper. Our lunch destination is a restaurant called Samsen. It’s off the beaten path and is rated one of the hottest new restaurants. I found this restaurant by searching for wagyu beef in Hong Kong. I was looking to book a meal that had wagyu beef and this was a back up choice. I’m glad we decided to eat here. It’s sort of a joke that Hong Kong people like to line up for good food, when we arrived there was a good line of people waiting. The menu is small, but you don’t need a large menu when what they do is fantastic. Peggy and I had the Wagyu beef noodle. Kaela had the chicken noodle dish since the wagyu beef noodle is spicy and she is still building her way up to eating spicy food. We order the fried fish skins and Thai watercress for appetizers. Thai watercress is ong choy. The food arrives quickly, the restaurant likes to turn over customers quickly, but they don’t rush you.
The fish skin is good. The ong choy is a bit sweet for my taste, but it’s tasty. The wagyu beef noodle is excellent, thin slices of wagyu beef, beef balls, and beef stew. It also has some fried pork rinds in it. Peggy forbids me from eating pork rinds, so whenever I can sneak it into something I’m a happy camper. I think I figured out the ingredients to make the wagyu beef noodles, so maybe I’ll give it a try when I’m home.
I made dinner reservations at Shang Palace. It’s a two Michelin Star restaurant and there is a special for set meal crab feasts going on during our visit, I’m able to book reservations through www.feedmeguru.com. When we get to the restaurant I have a change of heart with the set meal, there are too many interesting choices. Unfortunately when I started taking notes of our food choices, the waitress comes to take our order and took away the menu. I also neglected to take pictures. I remember foie gras prawn toast, abalone and scallop with black truffle oil, hairy crab roe noodles, lotus leaf fried rice.
Sounds delicious, but now begins my rant. Both Peggy and I agreed the service was a bit lacking. It’s a two star Michelin restaurant and the service was just a tad above average. The service that we had at Mott32 was better. There’s also a big misconception that high end ingredients translates to great food. It felt like the meal lacked innovation and it was mainly the use of high end ingredients that made the price of the meal high. I was also disappointed with the hairy crab roe. It was our first time having it and I was expecting it to be rich and decadent.