FINALLY after several attempts to get a table at this uber hyped-up restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong, I was able to score one last week through no small effort. We three were so lucky to have gotten a reservation and so close to Christmas, when everyone is having holiday lunch and dinner parties 24/7. Especially so at the recently-opened Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong.
Atmosphere & Service It was busy, busy, busy when we entered at the beginning of lunch hour. The whole place was decked in Christmas decor, complete with Christmas tree and everything. Huge windows looking over LKF, great natural lighting. Vintage, warehouse/diner style interiors.
Servers were all either western or very westernized – nice, friendly, chatty. We loved our British-HK server that day, a chirpy young HK-raised lady. Unlike in other restaurants where whenever I ask the question “what do you recommend?” all I get is a nervous laugh and a blank stare – or worse, “everything is good” – she actually had an opinion. She said she hadn’t tried everything on the menu as it changes, but she loved the Eton Mess (dessert) which we didn’t get to try since we were too stuffed to eat anything else by the end of the meal.
Background Not sure if this place really needs a backgrounder since everyone’s talking about it. A couple of important points should suffice:
- BSK is the HK branch of BSK London, opened in 2011 to huge success
- BSK is a collaboration with Dining Concepts, the group behind Bombay Dreams, The Bellbrook, Al Molo, etc.
And I don’t think I need to introduce the famous Gordon Ramsay of Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word, Masterchef, etc., do I?
At last, the part we’ve all been waiting for. Was it good?! Was it bad?! Honestly, I thought it was standard British fare albeit of better quality. At the end of the day, there’s nothing extraordinarily inspiring about fish and chips, burgers and fries, or shepherd’s pie.
Word of warning: the food is extremely calorific! Get ready to get fat!!!
We began with relatively healthy starters: Salad: Couscous, sweet corn, cranberries, radish, spring onions, mint (HK$128)
Delicious! A perfect complement to our meatier dishes. The couscous (granules of durum wheat) was extra chubby and chewy; taste was fresh and light. Nothing overpowering.
Tamarind spiced chicken wings, spring onions, coriander (HK$128)
The flavour was excellent, and the wings had more meat on them than what you can usually find in HK. A great substitute for Buffalo wings, which I used to have all the time back home but never in HK because wings here are horrible and flat here…
Seabass carpaccio, avocado, horseradish (HK$138)
Healthy eaters and dieters, rejoice! There’s something here for you! The sea bass carpaccio was like an herbed sashimi with light dabs of guacamole to add an interesting flavour. It just slid down my throat 🙂
Bread Street Kitchen short rib burger, Monterey jack cheese, spicy sriracha mayo (HK$188)
A burger done right! Beef was perfectly cooked (not overdone, not pink) and packed just-right. The flavour was good, and so was the texture (no chewy, un-swallowable bits that I hate), On the fatty side. The jack cheese and mayo complemented everything – delicious dish.
Battered Barramundi, crushed peas and chips (HK$208)
Upgraded to Barramundi instead of the usual cod or haddock. Very light, crisp batter, was impressed.
Traditional shepherd’s pie, braised lamb, onions, carrots, celery, potato puree, parmesan, (HK$198)
Of course we had shepherd’s pie! Although it tasted more like mutton than lamb. The flavour was very strong and aromatic, the dish incredibly rich and heavy. I wouldn’t order this again, it was way too much for us.
Chocolate tart, salted caramel ice cream (HK$98)
So fatty yet so good. The tart was rich and deeply chocolatey, just my style. The salted caramel ice cream was almost too sweet, though.
Banana Sticky toffee pudding, Muscovado caramel, clotted cream (HK$88)
You can almost see your figure flying out the window. I was looking forward to this dessert the most, but I couldn’t enjoy it anymore as my stomach was bursting I actually felt almost sick. I took it home and ate it the next day and BOY WAS IT DELICIOUS! The Muscovado caramel is to die for. Loved the banana twist as well.
Would I go back? YES! Great comfort food (unlike COMFORT by Harlan Goldstein). And next time I’d like to try these dishes:
Appetizer: Honey glazed beef short ribs with pomelos, scallions, sesame seeds (HK$198) Mains:
- Slow cooked sea bass, braised leeks, clams, sea vegetables, shellfish dressing (HK$208)
- Slow roasted Dingley Dell pork belly, spiced apple puree, apple relish (HK$198)
- Roasted ocean trout, autumn vegetables, chorizo cream (HK$218)
- Grilled Canadian lobster (500g), panzanella salad with fennel seed croutons (HK$488)
- Eton mess, mixed berries, Chantilly, meringue (HK$88)
- Pineapple carpaccio, passion fruit, coconut sorbet (HK$78)
BSK, I’ll be back next year! And good luck with getting a table 😉 Bread Street Kitchen & Bar Mezzanine Level, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham Street Central, Hong Kong TELEPHONE – 2230 1800