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Set over two floors Aberdeen Street Social is a vibrant bar and restaurant; the ground floor opening on to secluded gardens offering guests a moment to relax before heading upstairs to an intimate restaurant dominated by original art deco doors that open out offering alfresco dining in the cooler months. An open kitchen becomes a focal point as the young chefs ply their skill as diners relax within the chic copper and wood interiors; shelves are lined with curiosities which soften the masculine tone. Chairs and tables are cosily arranged yet allow just enough space for that romantic evening.
British food is delicious and the kitchens at Aberdeen Street Social continue to deliver innovative and playful interpretations of dishes proven worthy for the mouths of Princes! A starter of Pig’s trotter and ham hock with crispy black pudding, apple and Madeira is delicious and delivers that delight from the North, black pudding, to a new audience; refined it may be, but the essence of blood remains delivering a powerful morsel of taste; Raw Hokkaido scallops, dashi jelly, apple, shiso, avocado and wasabi purée is far from British but again reflects the elegance of another empire; delicate flavours compliment one another and act as perfect accompaniment to the wonderfully fresh scallops. A main dish of Sea bass, quinoa, yellow carrot, sour cream and chives, black curry looked stunning on the plate yet delivered only in part; flavours abounded around the plate but a marginally overcooked fillet and the lack of any broth delivered a slightly dry taste. Puddings reflect the Empire with an imaginative use of curry with banana in the signature JAAL 75% chocolate dessert – it’s delicious!
An excellent variety of new and old world wines with even an English Chardonnay on the list! Wide selections are available by the glass allowing you to change wines to suit the myriad of flavours delivered from the kitchen. Of course it wouldn’t be the colonies without a cocktail and Aberdeen Street Social mixes up some of the best.
Friendly service adds to the overall evening and Aberdeen Street Social delivers most of the time. There are some moments of angst trying to catch the attention of staff that could monitor tables with a little more attention.
An evening meal for two with wine will cost just over HK$1,600.00 making this an expensive evening. However for the unique atmosphere and some curious taste sensations it is worth it. Set price menus for lunch and brunch are great value and the evening tasting menu of HK$950 per person is guaranteed to fill your belly