Thursday, November 29, 2012

Delicious Kitchen, Revisited ♥ ♥


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Quick lunch together before everybody disappeared for the day



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We each had a bowl of our Delicious Kitchen staple - Pork Chop with Vegetable Rice.
The fried sweetish pork always hits the spot. 



For sharing: 


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Braised Beef Tendon Nanjing Style. Sticky, slimy, gooey goodness. This is the bomb!



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Beef Tendon Noodle Soup



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Fried Wonton



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Sea Blubber



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Stir Fried Kai-lan 



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Mapo Tofu



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Chicken in Wine Sauce



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Scrambled Egg White



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Soya Milk



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Morning faces (but the time was already 12:05)


See my previous Delicious Kitchen post here

Delicious Kitchen: G/F, 20-20A, Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2314 4868

Nobu ♥ ♥


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Achi Donna texted, "I'm on my way. Order na kayo. Beef but not kobe, unaju, california maki, etc. etc."

Errr… anobaaaahhh??? We did not travel all the way to Hong Kong to eat what you can easily get in Saisaki.



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We arrived early for our 8pm reservation and got some cocktails from the bar




Dry Martini, Lychee Martini, Pineapple Martini (?), Strawberry Daiquiri



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Some chips, too



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Nobu's main dining room is dim and noisy. Last time I was here for dinner, I almost lost my voice. 



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Luckily, they gave us a private room this time (and I mean lucky for them)
With us in the house, the room became one big jungle. This was our ooh-la-la harbor view.



We were feeling a bit indulgent and ordered the Winter Omakase. (Yes, Achi Donna included.)


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Toro tartare with caviar in wasabi soy sauce. Yamamomo to finish. This was my favorite course.
And everyone else's, too, judging from the unusual silence and then all the moaning.  



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Sanma fish with dried miso in olive oil and lemon



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Baby tuna with bonito and jalapeno. Love the fresh, clean flavors.



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Ankimo (monkfish liver) with Japanese mustard miso sauce. My next favorite.
(Achi Donna: Ang sarap ng sauce! Lasang peanut butter!) 



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Anago tempura with sweet vinegar. This was so ordinary and so boring
I almost fell asleep on my plate.



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Chilean sea bass, foie gras with shiso leaf in teriyaki sauce. The foie gras was perfect,
but my fish was overcooked. 



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Japanese A5 kobe beef with wasabi salsa and yuzu soy. The texture was beautiful. I wish they put
the wasabi salsa on the side. It overpowered the flavor of the beef. 



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The non-beef eaters had seafood sukiyaki with sake soy sauce



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Clam soup



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Sushi: toro, botan ebi, hotate, sanma, uni



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Check out the marbling on the toro!



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The uni was so creamy and buttery



I was wowed by the first 2 courses, and then the meal seemed to go a bit downhill from there. 

But nothing could have prepared me for what came next.

The most important course of every meal for me. The dessert.

They served us...



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Seasonal fruits with melon sorbet. WHAT THE EFFFFFFFFF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Being served a fruit platter (or bowl) for dessert is my worst ever nightmare, and I couldn't
believe it was happening to me in Nobu. Except for that one piece of grape,
the fruits were not even from Japan! Kiwi, orange, strawberry, cantaloupe, and
dragon fruit (dragonfly according to Achi Donna)



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That's her with the scarf :D 



Two hearts because the dessert ruined it for me. It was a traumatizing experience, until now I still can't get over it.

Next time when a restaurant asks about dietary restrictions, I will say I am allergic to fruits!


Nobu: 2/F, Intercontinental Hotel Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2313 2323

Nobu Website


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BLT Steak, Revisited ♥ ♥


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AND FINALLY, I got to catch Ahia Emil in Hong Kong. As soon as I landed Chek Lap Kok, I got an invitation to lunch. I love you, Facebook!

I love you, too, Ahia Emil! Hehehe :)

After dropping off my bags at the hotel, I rushed to BLT Steak in Harbour City.

And all this was waiting for me:


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Unlimited appetizers and salads



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Prosciutto with melon, deviled eggs, etc. etc. etc. There was also a prime rib carving station.



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My appetizer plate



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The carnivores ordered the USDA Hangar Steak with mustard-citrus mayonnaise
and three-minute egg. It was a perfect medium, tender, but could be more flavorful.
I should know, I stole 2 pieces from my neighbors's plate :P



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 The health buffs ordered Lemon Rosemary Chicken in herb jus



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And I had the BLT Burger, medium rare



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Hello, handsome!



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It was good, but not incredible. The patty was a bit crumbly, and the upper bun was too thick.



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I also had a serving of prime rib and ate it smothered with creamy shiitake mushroom



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The dessert buffet left a lot to be desired



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But still I took advantage. I need to eat sweets after every meal. Or else I'll die.



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Thank you, Ahia Emil and Dong! :)


See my previous BLT Steak post here.

BLT Steak: Shop G2, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2730 3508

BLT Steak Website

BLT Steak Facebook Page

Monday, November 26, 2012

Marco Polo Gateway Hotel Hong Kong ♥ ♥

Check out the newly renovated Marco Polo Gateway.

So new that the hotel still smelled of paint when we checked in.

I have to admit though, I loved the simple and modern design.

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Hotel lobby

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Big and bold lighting fixture

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Pretty blooms in Jinlovestoeat color! :)

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More splashes of color by the wall

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The elevator system needs improvement. All the lights were on so you could never  
tell which door was going to open. Every time I needed to go up or down it felt like
the lifts were playing hide and seek with me.

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Continental Club Deluxe Room

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My cousin Frances and I slept like babies on the queen size beds

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Sitting area with welcome fruits

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Toilet and tub. I found the bathtub too narrow (or maybe I'm just too wide haha)

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Our rooms included access to The Continental Club

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Where guests enjoy complimentary afternoon tea buffet

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There was a nice selection of sushi, antipasti, breads, salads, cheeses, and sweets

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Also a whole leg of jamon ready for carving

One afternoon we decided to have afternoon tea, which continued on to happy hour, which continued on to the cancellation of our roast goose dinner.

These plates were all mine, and I ate them in this exact order. :P

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We love the Continental Lounge and could stay here all weekend.

Our rooms also included breakfast, but we never woke up early enough! :P

Marco Polo Gateway Hong Kong: Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2113 0888

Marco Polo Gateway Hong Kong Website

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