The hot weather that was bogging me down on the first day spurred me to go to Victoria Peak again after two years. Nothing much has changed, it seems, except that Marion Crepês was no longer there; I was initially planning to grab one. Anyway, I had my dinner at Café Deco, one of the restaurants offering a fantastic view up there.
Himalayan Momos HK$126.00 (~S$20.35)
The Nepalese (and Tibetan) version of xiao long bao (lit. little basket bun) made a really good appetiser. The steamed dumplings were filled with minced lamb and pork meat, bursting with curry-flavoured juice as I bit into one of them. They were served with black vinegar and a kind of sauce made of chili and tomato which was mildly hot.
A feast for the eye, the chicken curry was served with turmeric Basmati rice. While the curry wasn't hot, probably to suit the taste of Westerners, it was adequately rich and creamy.
The skin of dumpling was neither too thick nor too thin, and the meat inside was tender and flavourful.
North Indian Chicken Shai Korma HK$176.00 (~S$28.40)
The boneless chicken chunks went well with the aromatic rice which had a bit of cashew nuts hidden in the bowl.
Moules Marinière S$178.00 (~S$28.75)
To support the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) in its effort in conservation and restoration of the environment, I picked the Australian blue mussels from a list of sustainable seafood options. One pound of the meaty and juicy mussels were cooked in luscious white wine, olive oil, garlic and thyme. Served together were crusty bread and highly crispy, good quality fries.
Beautiful colours, no? It was a delight drinking the alcoholic soup suffused with the juice of the mussels.
Grand Marnier Soufflé HK$88.00 (~S$14.20)
A gorgeous dessert dish to end the meal, the light French baked cake was infused with the famous orange-flavoured liqueur. I really enjoyed the airy texture, even though I was hoping for a stronger taste of the Grand Marnier. By the way, before digging into it, I had had the tropical tangerine and rambutan sorbet that was served together to cleanse the palate. It was mildly sweet and sour, sitting on top of buttery crumbs.
Pika's advice: You may want to try their signature dessert dish called Valrhona Chocolate and Hazenut Cake, which is priced at HK$68.00 (~S$11.00)! While service wasn't exactly warm, but pretty efficient, I'd really love to go back to Café Deco again for its quality food and relaxing ambience. If you want to dine next to the windows from which you can see the HK skyline, make sure you book in advance. Booking can be done online, which is especially convenient for foreigners. Below is just a shot I took after dinner that day.
118 Peak Road
1/F & 2/F The Peak Galleria
(Sun-Thu: 11.00am - 11.00pm; Fri-Sat: 11.00am - 11.30pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge.
Have a nice meal,Cliff(y)