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: Located in the basement of the Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hotel, the restaurant is cozy and intimate. The restaurant features lots of dark wood furniture, Chinese calligraphy and paintings. We were seated in front of the kitchen door so the atmosphere is always buzzing and almost a bit too busy. Perhaps this has to do with the low ceiling and the lack of open space to divert the business.
We started the meal with Smoked Vegetarian Goose Wrapped in Bean Curd that was too salty and we could not finish even though there were only 6 small pieces. The Char Siu came warm with a glossy sweet sauce. We appreciate the meaty flavor and soft but firm texture of the Char Siu but not the over sweet sauce. Luckily, the Char Siu was grilled perfectly with a bit of burnt edge. The signature dish Steamed garoupa roll with Yunnan ham came next. From top to down, there were garoupa, minced shrimp cake, steamed spinach mousse, steamed egg white, Yunnan ham and salted egg yolk sauce. Each ingredient helped lighting up another. The garoupa did not show much taste but when eaten with the ham, the umami –taste immediately leveled-up. The steamed spinach and egg white were both silky and light. A great contrast to the bouncy shrimp cake.
Another signature dish Pan fried glutinous rice came very hot that is essential for Chinese food. The “Yin Yang” rice consisted of deep fried smooth taro puree wrapped around gooey sweet black glutinous rice, underneath is pan-fried chicken with gooey red rice. The dish shows a great contrast between savory and sweet; crispy and smooth as well as gooey texture from glutinous rice. The dish excelled in both creativity and taste. It was well presented in one person’s portion.
We ordered Pan-Fried Glutinous Rice Dumplings Filled with Peanuts and Chicken as the dim sum. The texture of the glutinous rice shell was perfectly soft and chewy but the presentation was not pleasant since it is not round and puffed up.
The last dish was the Vegetables with thousand year old egg and salted egg yolk. We like the creaminess of the thousand year old egg and the rich ham flavored soup.
: Extensive wine list that features reds and whites from Italy and France, champagnes, cognacs, whiskeys and Chinese liquors are available by bottles.However, there are only a handful of items available by glass or by half-bottle.
Great service. Warm, attentive but not intrusive. Waiters and waitresses know when to serve and when to leave you alone. Sometimes they were a bit too busy to check if things are alright but when we need them, they always came in no time.
A sumptuous meal for two comes to around HK$1,500. The portion is generous. Given the convenient location, quality food and good service, the price is acceptable.