Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Press Room (Hong Kong)

Here is what I have taken directly from The Press Room website: Our philosophy is to serve simple food made from the finest ingredients, served in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to provide our customers with excellent quality, first class service and competitive prices in pleasant surroundings.

I would have to say that The Press Room truly delivered on their philosophy. We had a very nice evening with an energetic atmosphere, good food & wine at really reasonable prices.

Honk Kong is one of those cities that you better have a reservation if you want to eat at one of the 'IN' restaurants. Since we had a large Chinese lunch; we wanted to change for dinner. A friend of ours recommended The Press Room. A large dinning room with very high ceiling. A modern bistro ambiance. Tables are packed next to one another yet it was still comfortable.

The first starter was FRISÉE AUX LARDONS with smoked bacon, croutons and poached egg (69 HKD). To our surprise and delight this salad was on the menu. We seldom find it. The salad was simple was very tasty.

The second starter was SALT COD & SALMON FISHCAKES with caper mayonnaise (88 HKD). A unique and lovely combination of salt cod & salmon. The fish cakes were deep fried to a golden brown. The two fish complemented it each other and tasted delicious.

The first wine was Perrin & Fils, Les Cornuds 2006. Here is what K&L Wine Merchangts have to say about this wine: 91 points Wine Spectator. "A ripe, rich and racy Rhône red, with an ample core of black currant, fig paste, hoisin sauce and graphite flavors backed by dark coffee, mesquite and mineral notes on the long, structured finish. Impressive. Drink now through 2011. 5,000 cases made." This wine was as good as written. But what is more amazing about this wine was that is was very affordable for its quality. We were very glad to have had this wine with our dinner.

The first main dish was HANGER STEAK FRITES red wine, shallot confit (248 HKD). A very good cut of meat. The steak was very tender and tasty. The red wine sauce was light but so full of flavour. The frites were amazingly good; golden yellow, crispy but fluffly and light on the inside.

The second main dish was PRIME STEAK FRITES grilled, dry-aged, U.S. prime sirloin, béarnaise sauce (299 HKD). The prime steal was a good chunk of meat; grilled perfectly and was so tender and juicy. The steak did not even need a sauce because it was so good alone. We had two portions of frites and we ate them all.

The third main dish was ROAST PORK BELLY with pomme purée, apple sauce, cider jus (200 HKD). This pork dish was amazing. The crackling skin was cruncy while the meat was tender and juicy. I was really glad that the cider jus was not too sweet which made the dish perfect.

The second wine was Chateau de Saint Cosme, Les Deux Albion, 2007. "Polished, with a nice beam of raspberry ganache laying over dark coffee and graphite notes. Dash of roasted sage on the fleshy, racy finish. Co-fermented Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Clairette. Drink now through 2010. 3,300 cases made." 90 points - Wine Spectator - October 28, 2009. Another fantastic wine and again a great value for money. Lucky us.

Overall a great place for a casual dinner. Energetic ambiance, simple but delicious food and a nice selection of wine. Very good service and good value for money. A good place to recommend to people when in Hong Kong.


108 Hollywood road Central Hong Kong
reservations & enquiries: +852 2525 3444

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