Joy & Joy boasts an intimate venue by Cantonese restaurant standards, small in size but big on style, with a luxe modern Chinese decor concept that translates into clean lines and lots of black and red.
The relatively small size of Joy & Joy’s restaurant space is good news for the diner, as everything that comes out of the kitchen is piping hot, just as Cantonese cuisine should be served. Start with honey-glazed roast pork, a restaurant speciality that swerves from the traditional cold sliced appetizer – here, it’s served hot off the stove, cut thick and glazed heavily so the juices stay intact and burst with flavour. For the health-conscious, a vat of ingredient-heavy soup is imperative, and double-boiled fish maw, pig’s lung and almond soup is milky, thick and tasty. The mains don’t disappoint either, and will please both western and traditional palates – an adventurous deep-fried shrimp in orange sauce is delightfully tangy and crispy, while an old standby of steamed fish is executed admirably.
Wine isn’t the lynchpin that holds a Cantonese restaurant together, so the selection is limited to a smattering of reds at the bar. Opt instead for beer or, for the daring, a striking Chinese wine.
Attentive, polite and knowledgeable, the staff are a pleasure to deal with and an excellent resource for recommendations.
A meal for two should set you back just over HK$1,000.