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When the weather is fine, the windows to the beachfront side of Limewood's main restaurant area are thrown open with bench seats overlooking sand and sea making a pleasant spot from which to dine and drink. Booths and tables offer more comfortable seating options, most with views out to the beach, while the bar area next door serves up bar snacks and cocktails in a more casual setting.
An assortment of thoughtfully-crafted modern seafood dishes make up Limewood’s menu, drawing from the cuisines of nations as disparate as South America, Hawaii, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, many incorporating seafood as a core ingredient and most best served shared.
The signature guacamole comes in two varieties, the more indulgent seafood version topped with sea urchin, pork chicharron, and salmon roe and served with tortilla chips. This fishier version of the restaurant’s chunky guacamole has strong seafood overtones as well a subtle sharpness and gentle spice kick to the avocado dip that achieves good flavor and texture combinations when paired with the crispy toppings of chicharron and fried garlic, buttery uni and the bursts of roe. The generous portion of Vietnamese crab salad is well paired with bitter and peppery lettuce leaves that give an otherwise rather blanc creamed coconut mixed with crab some needed flavour. The barbequed tiger prawn salad is served with pomelo which adds sharpness, and coconut and shallots for added texture, while the high quality, freshly barbequed prawns, are firm and marinated with a good level of spice. After a decent selection of seafood appetisers, we opt for the signature 48hr charred beef ribs, soft and tender so as to come easily off the bone and served with a subtly sweet mango-infused barbeque sauce that cuts lightly and efficiently through the fatty beef and its crisp and charred exterior.
Desserts at Limewood are a little on the heavy side and something a bit more refreshing would be welcome. The churros dessert is almost too large, with five huge pieces of fried dough dusted with sugar and presented with caramel sauce and coconut ice cream. Overly filling, one portion is more than enough for two to share and in fact is probably better suited to five.
A short but decent drinks list offers diners a good selection of wines by the glass as well as by the carafe and bottle. A good Chablis pairs well with the seafood starters on offer while a light, fruity rose from Provence is a good option to take you through the whole meal. The cocktail menu also entices and includes a rum-based yuzu cooler, a special Limewood sangria and margaritas based around kale and coriander, chamomile or bell pepper. A range of non-alchoholic refreshers offers the perfect way to rehydrate after an afternoon in the sun.
Service is friendly and efficient and recommendations can easily be garnered from waiters and waitresses. It's rarely difficult to get the attention of the staff and dishes come quickly and match with what was requested.
A three-course meal for two with drinks comes to $1,600 showing that while not a cheap beachside eatery, nor is Limewood offering typical beach fare and with this price tag, it is on par with what you would expect to pay elsewhere in Hong Kong for creative and quality dishes served in fairly generous portions that can be shared amongst friends in a fun and contemporary setting.