Not many restaurants we review are worth five stars.
Bread Street is the latest venture from restaurant group Dining Concepts in conjunction with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay – his first restaurant in Asia. Hell’s Kitchen this is not! Bread Street in Hong Kong is more or less identical to his popular London restaurant, down to the menu and decor. With an Art Deco interior, muted lighting and lively background music, it has a casual ambience and a reasonably priced menu (which given Ramsay’s reputation, I didn’t expect).
To start we opted for the seared scallops served with treacle bacon and carrot puree. A simple dish that bursts with flavour – the sweet carrot puree matches well with the salty bacon strips and juicy scallops. A great start. Next up was the Honey glazed beef short rib,the only dish that you can’t get in the London restaurant, its inclusion is a nod to regional cuisine. It’s no surprise this was one of the more popular dishes on the menu – with a crispy, caramelised interior, these beef cubes were tender and balanced perfectly with a sweet honey glaze. For our healthy kick, we opted for the kale and red cabbage salad served with a white balsamic dressing. Simple, fresh ingredients and perfectly dressed, this was so delicious we were literally fighting over the last bite.
Next up came the mains. Some British gastro pub classics and a selection of grilled meats on the menu made this a hard choice and in the end we took the advice of the server and went for the slow roasted pork belly and roasted baby chicken. The pork was perfectly cooked and melted in the mouth. I would love to learn how to cook pork like this! Served with a crispy strip of crackling, balanced with a sweet apple purée, this was quite simply the best roast pork I have ever had. However, the real surprise of the night came with the roasted chicken.
A nice selection of deserts greet you at the end of the meal. I recommend you try the sticky toffee pudding. You may have to wait for a reservation, but it’s worth it! Five stars.
Level M, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
T: 2230 1800
by Neil Bowen