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Le 188° Restaurant and Lounge, Hong Kong


The location for one of the scenes of an upcoming movie starring Daniel Wu and Joseph Chang, Le 188° Restaurant and Lounge boasts panoramic views of Victoria Harbour.

Come lunchtime, Le 188° offers an irresistible deal—- a semi-buffet lunch!  You get the best of both worlds—- buffet and a la carte!

Semi-Buffet Lunch

Selections of Appetizer and Soup from the Buffet

The buffet spread is reasonably generous and more importantly, the food is of good quality.  You have a fresh seafood buffet consisting of fresh mussels, raw oysters, prawns and whelks.  They replenish all the fresh seafood as soon as it gets empty.  This is not a cheapskate restaurant.

I was also pleasantly surprised that in addition to raw oysters, they also have oysters baked in cheese. They were so savoury and satisfying!   All the oysters, raw or baked, are reasonably big and thick.  Once again, this is not a cheapskate restaurant.

The rest of the buffet spread has got a quite a large variety— soups, bread, salads, canapes etc.  Though this is a buffet, even the tiniest canape was executed with attention to detail eg the salmon roe or baked bacon on top.  I was impressed.

Your Choice of Main Course

Char-grilled Canadian Ribeye Steak with French Beans, Parma Ham, Green Peas Puree and Mustard Seed Sauce


Grilled Lamb Chops with Risotto Cake, Baby Corn and Thyme Jus


Roasted Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mozzarella Cheese, Sun-dried Tomato, Glaze Apple and Foie Gras Gravy Sauce


Seabass Spring Roll with Mussels, Carrot, White Asparagus and Capers Butter Sauce


Dutch Veal Ragout Pappardelle with Porcini Mushroom, Herbs and Parmesan Cheese


Stuffed Rigatoni with Roasted Organic Pumpkin, Cheese in Tomato Sauce

The main courses were executed with precision.  My steak arrived perfectly, precisely medium-rare, exactly what I had requested.

Selections of Dessert from the Buffet

They were delicious.   Once again, they had bothered paying attention to the execution, even though this is just a buffet.

What I really appreciated about this restaurant was that the tables were spaced reasonably far apart.   In the competitive restaurant business, this is so rare these days.  Usually, tables are placed so close to each other you have to squeeze around tables and chairs back into each other/ into a wall.  Here, you definitely have space to comfortably walk around  tables, and you will not be disturbed by the next table’s conversation.   In addition, there really are not that many tables in this restaurant anyway, so this restaurant never gets noisy.

The waiters were immaculately dressed in a black and white and they speak very good English.  In other places, even those with Michelin stars, though they speak English, they may not necessarily understand you, and they don’t have the confidence to clarify.  All this leads to a frustrating experience.  Here, you have a seamless dining experience.

This seems a restaurant which will be appreciated by someone who seeks real quality and not just after the next trendy dining hotspot.  When I was there, the other diners were well-dressed, soft-spoken C-level executives.  This is a quality crowd.  This is not a trendy place patronised by hungry wannabes.

With a spacious environment, a soft-spoken decor, quiet noise levels  and quality service, this is an ideal place for business lunches.  This is a very respectable place to bring your clients.

Freshly Brewed Coffee or Tea

Appetizer + Dessert

HK$218 per child; HK$308 per adult

Appetizer + Main Course +  Dessert

HK$268 per child; HK$358 per adult








自助餐的其餘部分也種類繁多, 包括了湯、麵包、沙拉、卡納佩等等。雖然這是個自助餐,就連最小的卡納佩都獲得了細節上的注重– 例如它上麵點綴的鮭魚卵或烤培根。這讓我印象非常深刻。













看似這是一間能讓追求高質量的顧客欣賞的餐廳,而不是僅僅引來追時尚的人潮。當我在這用餐時,周圍的人都是西裝筆挺,說話輕聲細語的C級管理人員。這是一個有等級的客戶群。 Le188°不會是一個時尚崇拜者出冒的餐廳。




HK$218 兒童; HK$308 成人


HK$268 兒童;HK$358 成人

Fish and Meat, Hong Kong


Fish & Meat specializes in ingredients that speak for themselves and food that you crave week in, week out. Each component of our dishes has been carefully sourced and cooked in an honest and rustic way. Salt that is packed full of minerals, olive oil with that peppery hit in the back of the throat, the finest whole sea bass that we could find, a handmade porchetta stuffed with Italian fennel sausage…

Fish & Meat dishes are designed to be shared, family style and have been cooked by a talented team, who simply focuses on the best produce and cooking methods, to perfect the fish, meat and homemade pasta dishes.

Fish & Meat is 3,500 square feet with an outdoor terrace nestled on the corner of Wyndham Street and Glenealy Street, looking down on to the Fringe Club and Central.

Fish & Meat is designed with Scandinavian influences and a modern farm décor.

The restaurant has 85 covers including two private rooms and a bar.

On Sundays Fish and Meat offers a delicious brunch at a very good price.  For only HKD$390, you get to select from a buffet and a selection of a la carte main courses and a la carte dessert.

Firstly you get to choose from a drinks menu:


Elderflower fizz / orange blossom / lemon / mint / elderflower / honey (non alcoholic)

Homemade Sicilian lemonade / blueberry jam / thyme (non alcoholic)

The Southern / rye whiskey / vanilla infused cognac / chamomile & lavender infused honey / lemon / peach bitters

Farm house jam / vodka / homemade blueberry thyme jam / prosecco

Kale in comparison / blanco tequila / kale / pineapple juice / lemon / ginger / cilantro

Pepperoncini / vodka / lillet blanc / jalapeño / cucumber

Bottled negroni / gin / Campari / red vermouth

Summer negroni / gooseberry infused gin / suze / amaro montenegró / grapefruit bitters

One In A Melon / white rum / Aperol / watermelon / cucumber / lemon Grass

Italian Greyhound / gin / grapefruit juice / cocchi americano / tarragon / stiegl grapefruit beer / himalayan sea salt

The buffet includes fresh oysters, salads made from herbs, squash, quinoa etc.  I am happy to report that all the salads are exceptionally delicious, and I am someone who does not usually like salads.


‘Baywater Sweet’ Oysters / red wine vinegar / shallots / lemon

Australian Blue Mussels / Indonesian tiger prawns

Yellowtail ceviche / citrus / spring onion / pickled sweet chili

Grilled squash / prosciutto / percorino / arugula / balsamic vinegar

Grilled tomato salad / soy / coriander / sansho / mozzarella

Hanging tender salad / tuscan herbs / arugula / parmesan / blistered cherry tomatoes

Quinoa / avocado / fava beans / red radish / aubergine caviar / shiso

Roasted broccoli / asparagus / baby spinach / green peas / lemon

Roasted vegetable salad / salsa verde / garlic / sea salt

Flaked Norwegian salmon / Marie Rose dressing / summer leaves

Wild rice / mint / sage / feta / mandarin orange

Greek yoghurt / home made granola / chef’s seasonal fruit compote



Seasoned Devon crab / roasted red peppers & anchovies / salsa verde / beetroot hummus / sun-dried tomatoes


Fresh berries / mango / vanilla cream / maple syrup / toasted hazelnuts / caramel sauce / bacon

You get to choose one main course from a list of delicious main courses:


Pan roasted Norwegian salmon / crushed potatoes / tomato / herb shellfish broth

O’Connor Farm grass-fed beef tartare / pickled jalapeño / duck yolk / fries

‘Diavola’ stye French baby chicken / Chef’s daily garnish

Pan-fried Barramundi / carrot / green pea / pepperoni / crispy potatoes

Orecchiette / Carbonara / peas / pancetta / asparagus

Smoked Salmon / potato rosti / horseradish crème fraîche / poached egg / salmon roe


Besides the above list of main courses, if you wish, you can top up for a prime rib of beef.


Prime rib of beef / roasted garlic mash / baby carrots / beef jus


Finally, you can pick one from a list of irresistible desserts.  They all look great and taste fantastic.


Pavlova / vanilla cream / fresh strawberry / passion fruit coulis

Sicilian lemon tart / Italian meringue

Homemade carrot cake / cream cheese / toasted coconut (limited daily)

Finally, you get a coffee or tea.

Since the start of operation, Fish and Meat has won numerous awards.  Its reputation has travelled as far as the UK.

May 2015 – Sassy Awards – Favourite Sunday Brunch Spot

February 2015 – Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong – Best Steak

2015 – Hong Kong Tatler awards – Best Restaurant

May 14 – Sassy Awards – Favourite Date Night Restaurant

May 14 – Sassy Awards – Runner Up for Favourite New restaurant

May 14 – Sassy Awards Runner Up for Favourite Healthy restaurant

April 14 – SCMP Top 100 Tables

March 14 – Sassy Mamma Awards – Runner up for Favourite Brunch Spot

February 14 – Recommended by the UK Sunday Times

Fish and Meat is open daily from 12noon to 2:30pm for lunch and 6pm till 10:30 for dinner service. Sunday Brunch starts from 11:30 to 2:30pm and dinner starts at 7pm-10pm.  The location is extremely convenient— it is just a short walk away from Central MTR station.

Make a reservation.  The brunch is extremely popular and the restaurant fills up.  It is extremely popular with families as children under 12 get to enjoy brunch free of charge.

With tasty yet wholesome food, a convenient location, Scandinavian-chic decor and free brunch for tykes, this is easily the best brunch in Hong Kong.


Fish & Meat 强调使用新鲜配料烹饪出你渴望的美闻家餚. 我们的配料都经过精心采购和以质朴的方式烹制, 例如; 富含矿物质的盐, 留下椒后味的橄榄油,整条的新鲜鲈鱼,自制塞满了意大利茴香香肠的烤乳猪……

Fish & Meat 的菜肴为家族风格共享设计,并由一个集注使用最好的配料和烹饪方法的优秀团队烹制, 以完善美闻的鱼类,肉类和自制面食。

Fish & Meat 拥有一个3500平方英尺的户外露台,并坐落于云Wyndham Street 及 Glenealy Street 的拐角处,望过 Fringe Club 和 Central.

Fish & Meat 采用斯堪的纳维亚的影响和现代化的农场装饰.


Fish & Meat 每个周日提供好价格的美味早午餐.只需HKD $390, 你能够享用自助餐和点菜主菜与甜点.



接骨木花香味 / 橙花 / 柠檬 / 薄荷 / 接骨木花 / 蜂蜜(不含酒精)
自制的西西里柠檬 / 蓝莓果酱 / 百里香(不含酒精)
南/黑麦威士忌 / 香草注入干邑 / 洋甘菊与薰衣草注入蜂蜜 / 柠檬 / 桃子苦酒
农家果酱 / 伏特加 / 自制百里香蓝莓果酱 / 普罗赛克
芥兰比较 / 布兰科龙舌兰 / 羽衣甘蓝 / 菠萝汁 / 柠檬 / 姜 / 香菜
Pepperoncini / 伏特加 / Lillet 相思 / Jalapeño 辣椒 / 黄瓜
瓶装尼格罗尼 / 杜松子酒 / 金巴利 / 红味美思酒
夏季尼格罗尼 / 醋栗注入金酒 / 叙 / 阿马罗黑山 / 柚子苦味
One In A Melon / 白朗姆酒 / Aperol / 西瓜 / 黄瓜 / 柠檬草
意大利灰狗 / 杜松子酒 / 西柚汁/ 美式/ Cocchi / 龙蒿 / Stiegl 柚子啤酒 / 喜马拉雅海盐


“贝沃特甜”牡蛎 / 红酒醋 / 青葱 / 柠檬

澳蓝贻贝 / 印尼虎虾
鰤鱼酸橘汁腌鱼 / 柑橘 / 葱 / 腌制甜辣酱
烤南瓜 / 火腿 / Percorino / 芝麻菜 / 香醋
烤番茄沙拉 / 大豆 / 香菜 / 山椒 / 奶酪
挂招标沙拉 / 托斯卡纳香菜 / 芝麻菜 / 巴马 / 水泡樱桃西红柿

藜 / 酪梨 / 蚕豆 / 红萝卜/ 茄子鱼子酱/紫苏
烤西兰花 / 芦笋 / 菠菜 / 青豆 / 柠檬

烤蔬菜沙拉 / 莎莎佛得角 / 大蒜 / 海盐
片状挪威三文鱼 / 玛丽玫瑰敷料 / 夏叶
野生稻 / 薄荷 / 鼠尾草 / 飞达 / 蜜橘
希腊酸奶 / 自制燕麦 / 厨师的时令水果拼盘



腌德文郡螃蟹 / 烤红辣椒和凤尾鱼 / 莎莎佛得角 / 甜菜鹰嘴豆泥 / 晒干的西红柿


新鲜浆果 /芒果 / 香草奶油 / 枫糖 / 烤榛子 / 焦糖酱 / 腊肉


潘烤挪威三文鱼 / 碎土豆 / 番茄 / 香草贝类肉汤

奥康纳农场草饲牛肉鞑靼 / 腌制 Jalapeño 辣椒 / 鸭蛋黄 / 薯条
“Diavola”麦粒肿法国幼鸡 / 厨师的日常装饰
香煎澳洲肺鱼 / 胡萝卜/ 绿豌豆 / 香肠 / 脆皮土豆
猫耳朵 / Carbonara / 豌豆 / 培根 / 芦笋
烟熏三文鱼 / 罗斯蒂马铃薯 / 辣根鲜奶油 / 荷包蛋 / 鲑鱼子



牛排 / 烤捣烂大蒜 / 小胡萝卜/ 牛强制



帕夫洛娃 / 香草奶油 / 新鲜草莓 / 百香果 Coulis

西西里柠檬挞 / 意大利酥皮
自制萝卜糕 / 奶酪 / 烤椰子(每日限量)


由始到今,Fish & Meat 多次获奖。它的名誉也知名英国.

2015年五月 – Sassy Awards – 最受喜爱的周日早午餐点
2015年2月 – Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong – 最好的牛排
2015年 – Hong Kong Tatler Awards – 最佳餐厅
5月14日 – Sassy Awards – 最喜爱的约会之夜餐厅
5月14日 – Sassy Awards – 最喜爱的新餐厅 (亚军)
5月14日 – Sassy Awards 最喜爱的健康餐厅 (亚军)
4月14日 – SCMP Top 100 Tables
3月14日 – Sassy Mamma Awards – 最喜爱的早午餐点 (亚军)
2月14日 – 由英国星期日泰晤士报推荐

Fish & Meat 开业时间为每日中午12时至下午2:30提供午餐和下午6点至10:30晚餐服务.周日早午餐开始从11:30至下午2:30,晚餐开始于7pm-10pm. 地理位置十分方便…. 距离中环地铁站很短的步行.

请做预约. 早午餐极受欢迎,餐厅历来填满.非常受家庭的欢迎,因为12岁以下的儿童可以享受免费早午餐.

FRITES Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Nov 2015


FRITES, the popular Belgian bistro serving authentic European fare, has recently opened a fourth outlet at the convenient location of Causeway Bay.

The new outlet, totaling 4000 square feet and 150 seats, is designed like an authentic European bistro, just like its predecessors.  There are warm wood panels, high floor to ceiling windows, stained glass (like in a church), the signature long bar and communal tables.

With over 80 different kinds of Belgian beer, including Trappist and Abbey beers, this place is a popular spot to unwind after work.  There are also sweeter fruit beers which appeal to ladies.  Each brand of beer has its own glass.  That is the level of attention paid to details in this pace.

The fare served up is comparable in authenticity to the decor.  I tried the Hoegaarden Mussel pot (available in 1/2 kg pot or 1kg pot). Prepared with chopped coriander, fennel, lemon zest and Hoegaarden beer, the lightness of these vegetables complements and brings out the sweetness of the mussels. For a place named FRITES, the fries certainly do not disappoint.  Thick and very crisp, they are fried a perfect golden brown.

The schnitzel and frites here is the best schnitzel I have ever tasted.  The plate consists of a parmesan crusted pork loin, pan fried golden brown and accompanied by frites and a crispy apple slaw.  The crust was crispy and savoury yet the inside was juicy.  This is the thickest schnitzel I have seen.

You might want to end the meal with a sticky date pudding topped with ice cream, a sure hit with the ladies.

All the portions here are huge.  Asians usually have to share to finish the food.

When I walked in, I was just bowled over by the autbenticity and attention to detail of the decor.  I felt I was transported to Europe immediately.  The authenticity of the decor and cuisine makes this an requisite stop in the dining scene of Hong Kong.




擁有超過80種不同類別的比利時啤酒,譬如最負盛名的Trappist 和Abbey修道院啤酒,這家FRITES成為大家工作之餘的最佳放鬆場所。此外,這間店還專門為女士提供了頗受她們喜愛的甜味果啤。並且每個品牌的啤酒都有它們自己專門的玻璃杯盛裝,完美呈現了FRITES在細節上的追求。






Upper Modern Bistro, Hong Kong


The one and only Michelin starred Bistro in Hong Kong

The Upper Modern Bistro, the vision of multi-Michelin starred Philippe Orrico, in Sheung Wan just off busy Hollywood Road , serves the perfect marriage of familiar and comforting French bistro dishes, tapas and more elaborate cuisine with an Asian twist.

In 2014, Upper Modern Bistro has been awarded a coveted Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2015.  Upper Modern Bistro is among eleven restaurants to obtain their first star this year and the only bistro in Hong Kong – and one of the few bistros in the world.

Upper Modern Bistro is the clever amalgamation of Philippe’s extensive travel experience, technical skill learnt in France’s top kitchens, as well as his own personal curiosity of the world’s cuisine.  The menu is ingredients led— fresh, light and modern, and the menu changes with the seasons.  Philippe is best known for the inspiration he gathers from ingredients.  Imaginative dishes are created with care and passion.

The interiors are a particular highlight here.  Upper’s fresh light, stylish interiors are by Tim Shephard of Three Wise Monkeys, who worked closely with Philippe to create a modern brasserie, with a vibrant, relaxed atmosphere where the kitchen is the focal point of the room.  The cocktail bar and dining area are linked into one harmonious room by the creation of a dangling petal-inspired ceiling.

You have to try the aperitifs here.  They are quite unlike what I have ever tried.

Normandy oyster, Ponzu marinade

The Ponzu marinade gave one of my all-time favourite appetizers, raw oysters, a really refreshing, unusual twist!  My dining experience was off to a great start!

Foie gras creme brulee, poppy seed

OMG!  I never imagined one of my “luxury” ingredients foie gras could be re-imagined as creme brulee.  This foie gras creme brulee is very, very creamy and goes perfectly with the croutons that come with it.

Grilled Octopus, smoked eggplant, red wine sauce

This one is a killer!  I can totally see why this place was awarded with a Michelin star.  The play of different temperatures and flavours was a total play on the palette.  It was unusual and just exciting!  You must try this when you come here.

Roasted Maine Lobster, Macaroni, Lingzhi, Yuzu emulsion

Each component on my dish was expertly executed.

This main course pairs perfectly with Domaine d’Elise Petit Chablis 2014

Vanilla rice pudding, caramelized bananas, yoghurt sorbet

A wonderful play of textures.  I loved that the dessert was not heavy.  It was light and gave a nice, sweet finishing touch to the meal, just what a dessert should do.

I also ended my meal with the wonderful W&J Graham’s fine tawny port.

Upper Modern Bistro is open Monday to Thurday 12.30pm to 10.30pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 11pm, Sunday 11am to 10.30pm.  On Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays brunch is served 10am to 3pm, followed afternoon tea.  The lunch menu at upper Modern Bistro starts at HK$138 for three courses and corkage is HK$100 per person.




现代小酒馆在11间餐厅之中,拿下了他们今年第一个也是香港唯一的米其林星级小酒馆, 并且也是在世界上少数中数一数二小酒馆之一。











我的食盘里每个元素都被熟练地处理了。这道主菜与2014年的Domaine d’Elise Petit Chablis白酒搭配的无懈可击。



为餐后画下一个甜美的句点,我也结束了我与W&J Graham’s fine tawny port精彩的一顿餉宴。

现代小酒馆的营业时间为周一至周四中午12:30至晚上10:30,周五和周六中午12点至晚上11点,周日上午11时至晚上10点半。周六,周日及公众假期早午餐上午10点至下午3点,随后下午茶时间。在现代小酒馆午餐菜单为三道餐价格从HK $ 138起,开瓶费为HK $100元/人。

Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

In the midst of the skyscraper offices at Central is the excellent afternoon tea at Clipper Lounge at Mandarin Oriental.

The afternoon tea set consists of


Salmon, cream cheese, pumpernickel bread

Prawn cocktail sandwich

Choux bun filled with coronation chicken


Croque monsieur

Pork and fennel sausage roll

Dry cake

Fruitcake, taisin, sultana, orange peel

Poppy seed dry cake


Strawberry mousse cake

Blueberry cheese cake

Opera cake


Raisin scone

Classic scone

Devon clotted cream, rose petal cream

Arabica coffee or selection of tea 


You must try the Taste of The Legend tea.   This is a custom blend tea exclusive to Mandarin Oriental.  This is an exquisite oolong tea from China, that features subtly sweet spicy notes of vanilla and cocoa-caramel, floral and orange essences deliver a rich aroma, as notes of citrus tease the palate.  This tea is amazing — you can distinctly smell and taste the various components (sweet spiciness, vanilla, cocoa, caramel etc).

The afternoon tea is extremely popular.  You will be hard to find an empty table without a reservation. On a weekday afternoon when I was there, Clipper Lounge was entirely full with expat businessmen talking business and society ladies conversing.

The afternoon tea is extremely convenient to get to.   Mandarin Oriental is right above one of the exits of Central MTR station.

I love it that the waiters here are immaculately dressed, speak good English and are very polite.  The ambience exudes old world glamour.