As a Gordon Ramsay fan I got very excited when there was a new restaurant opening in one of the cities I visit regularly. We have been to Maze, BSK, Union Street Cafe and Heddon Street Kitchen in London and The London in NYC and I have a shelf full of cook books....
When I saw Gordon had been in Hong Kong and I knew I had an upcoming trip I was quickly online to book a table at Bread Street Kitchen. On our first night we had a table with some of our best friends, I was looking forward to a good evening.
Bread Street Kitchen is on the ground floor of the swanky Lan Kwai Fong Hotel overlooking the busy bar street of the same name.
Great Location..... the only downside is that it is upstairs from the Hard Rock Cafe.... and so you can hear their awful music pumping through the floor. The windows were closed when we visited - thankfully - but we could still hear the pounding noise.
I arrived a little early and enjoyed a drink at the bar. There were some nice wines by the glass and a great selection of gins too. The layout and design is very similar to Bread Street Kitchen in London, as was the food menu.
When my friends arrived we were seated and were all able to find several things we wanted to eat. We ordered an assortment of dishes, scallops, short ribs and carpaccio as starters and shepherds pie, fish and steak as mains.
Everything was delicious. cooked perfectly and well presented.... things went slightly downhill with the desserts.
The waitress plonked our dessert spoons (no forks) down in such a haphazard way she could just as easily dropped them from a height. Maybe she didn't like that we were sharing two desserts... its hard to say.
The desserts Eaton Mess and Mint Ice Cream and Brownies actually looked the same.. apart from the colour... both with way too much whipped cream and both with fresh mint leaves.....
To be fair I have not had desserts in BSK London, so I don't have a direct comparison, but they weren't really what I expected.
Service was very good throughout the evening (despite the dessert spoons) and I'd go back again. The location is great and I'm sure BSK will be a huge hit.
The food was good and reasonably priced... I'd just skip dessert the next time...
...as a side note... there is only one mans and one womans toilet. Not sure how they will cope on a busy evening....
Our visit to The London House on the Kowloon side was a completely different story.
We didn't make a reservation for dinner late on a Friday evening but were offered a table on the balcony. It was a nice temperature, so we were happy to be outside. Our waitress was not particularly good, only explaining the specials to my husband, who didn't understand, so I had to ask her to repeat herself to me..
We ordered drinks and food together. My husbands beer arrived, followed by the food followed by my glass of wine.... but only after I had asked for it twice.
My husbands burger was just warm and his 'fries' were cold so he asked for them to be replaced. (they were replaced with piping hot fries) Hubby didn't mention the burger because when he mentioned the fries the waitress was ready to take the whole plate away, but we like to eat together and my fish and chips were piping hot and we were both hungry so he just kept and ate the burger. The Fish and Chips were delicious. properly battered and tasty...
There was live music performing downstairs in the bar which really sounded like it was in competition with the music from next door.
It was loud and pretty terrible. It sounded more like the woman was singing karaoke Hotel California and Simply The Best.
I guess I was partly to blame for our disappointment because having been to The London in New York I had a completely different idea of what the venue would be like. I did know it was a 'pub' style venue but I didn't expect this...
if I hadn't seen Gordon Ramsay had actually visited and posted pictures on his Twitter I would assume he didn't know his name was being used.... needless to say I won't be back.
Bread Street Kitchen LKF Hotel, Wyndham Street, Hong Kong
The London House 66 Mody Road, East TST, Hong Kong
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