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Dynasty Restaurant- great for Dim Sum business lunch

Review:

When I worked in Wanchai, we would always go for special occasions and take visiting colleagues and clients for Dim Sum lunch at Dynasty in the Renaissance Harbour View hotel. I think it’s a Cantonese restaurant at night, but I’ve never been.

This was our expenses lunch venue of choice!

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Food: Dim Sum dur. Beautifully executed with a wide-ranging menu. The right mix of richness, freshness, textures and flavours. Top quality vinegars/soy and chilli sauces. Crisp seafood and crunchy vegetables.

I often come out of a dim sum lunch with my mouth feeling claggy, and the dishes have been a bit mushy, mealy or greasy. Here, the dim sum is somehow best described as precise. Really, really good.  My favourite place for dim sum so far in HK.

Drinks:  I’ve only ever had tea with lunch, but they have a lovely menu for this – a big range of top quali infusions.

Ambience:  Such a stunning dining room. I love it. It’s 2 stories high, with humungous floor to ceiling windows looking down the harbour to Lei Yue Mun and beyond, completely bathed in light.

The tables are set incredibly wide apart so it is the ultimate place for a business lunch. Nobody can overhear you no matter how large your group.

The beautiful porcelain tableware is specially commissioned (I always want to steal it cos you can’t buy it anywhere), and the flatware is is terribly ornate too. The carpets are so deep it’s a danger to walk too quickly in your Giuseppe Zanottis. What with the soaring ceilings and shag pile all noise is mopped up, so all you end up hearing is a background of reverential murmuring as though you are in some high church of dim sum worship.

Service:  Impeccable.

Price: $200-$300 per person for lunch.

Location: 3/F,Renaissance Harbour View Hotel,1,Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Booking for lunch is recommended, as it’s a popular joint. Tel: 28028888

Nobu Hong Kong review: all skirt, no knickers

Review:

I’ve eaten at Nobu in London way back in 2003 when it was the hottest ticket in town, and frankly don’t remember much about the food – notwithstanding the lychee martinis my friend and I were piling down, but we were so busy gossiping about our latest TV-land exploits (or more importantly the exploits of those we’d been working with) that the food completely passed me by. I take this as a sign that it was rather pleasant but not jaw-dropping, and hence haven’t been back since.

photo from Intercon website

photo from Intercon website

We thought we’d give it a go here as we wanted to compare and contrast against the other Japanese restaurants we like. Some people will cry foul now because Nobu is apparently a fusion restaurant. But ultimately it relies on its Japanese-ness to bring the crowds in.

The upshot is that I won’t be going back to this edition of Nobu either.

We went for a special occasion and paid more to book a harbour-view table only to arrive and discover that the harbour-view is limited to the person who isn’t sitting with their back to it. (If you are in a bigger group they do have round tables that are in another part of the restaurant by some very large windows, or if you are a couple make sure you ask for one of the corner tables as then you can sit around the table and both people can look out the window).  Anyway, not a good start…

Food: We had a set menu of 7-8 courses and apart from the wagyu beef (which at the end of the day is their signature dish), there was nothing of note. The marker of quality of Japanese restaurants – the fish – wasn’t any better quality or fresher than any number of other good restaurants in Hong Kong, which was disappointing because Nobu positions itself as something above and beyond, which in our experience, it wasn’t.

Drinks: Good wine and sake list, nice selection of beers, everything you expect.

Ambience: A lot of hype was built around the design of this restaurant, and it is cool. It doesn’t blow me away, but has it’s little quirks and features that makes it an interesting place to look at, but you really know that you are in a hotel restaurant. Also, they do pack you in and there isn’t a lot of room between tables in the section where we sat.

Service: The service was efficient and subtle. What you’d expect in a 5* hotel (although nothing in my opinion surpasses that of the Mandarin Oriental in this town).

Price: The set menu was $2888 per head, and we spent another $500 on 2 carafe’s of sake and a 1/2l bottle of water as they refused to fill our glasses from the tap.

Location: Intercontinental Hotel, 18 Sailsbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Tel: 852 2721 1211

I came away thinking that is was an expensive, brand name restaurant that didn’t live up to the hype. I’d go to Kiyotaki or Jun over Nobu every day of the week unless I was desperate for Wagyu beef, and then I think I’d look for somewhere new first before going back here (in fact I’d probably go across the corridor to The Steak House…).