Maxim's Caterers Limited, the largest food and beverage corporation and restaurant chain in HK, set up its first Hong Kong Day café in 2010. Before enjoying the night breeze at the Avenue of Stars, my family and I went for a quick dinner at the Harbour City branch.
We went for the Special Dinner Set each, amounting to four different main courses to share. Individually priced at HK$145.00 (~S$24.90), the set also comes with a bowl of soup and a beverage of choice.
Soup of the Day
It wasn't surprising that the tomato-based borsch (Ukrainian soup which is usually made of beetroots), known to be a comfort food in HK, was served as the soup of the day. The hearty soup had a nice sweet and sour balance, full of carrots and shreds of cabbages. The accompanying garlic bread was crunchy and aromatic.
Baked Seafood Rice with Mushroom and Champagne Sauce
A huge portion to behold, the baked rice came with fried fish slices, scallops, clams, shrimps and mushrooms. The white sauce was pretty thick and pleasant without being sickening. However, the purported champagne sauce, even if it had had an alcohol content to begin with, didn't have the aroma that I was looking for.
Salmon Steak with Cream Sauce and Herbs
In my opinion, the salmon was the best main course of the day. A slab of fresh, juicy steak was presented on the plate, together with adequately salted fries and broccoli. The cream sauce was undoubtedly good, but it was just a tad too thick. Nevertheless, it didn't dampen my spirit at all while savouring the dish.
Smoked Duck Breast and Grilled Prawn with Rice in Japanese Style
Sitting on top of well-cooked Japanese rice, the slices of smoked duck breast were pretty thick, each having a layer of fat that could have more of the melt-in-the-mouth quality. The big grilled prawn was fragrant, but the flesh wasn't that sweet. The brown sauce was just slightly sweet, perhaps a teriyaki sauce wannabe.
Grilled Lamb Rack with Garlic and Red Wine Sauce
It was a pity that the red meat was a tad dry, even though it wasn't severely tough. The brown sauce did help in providing moisture to the lamb, but I felt that there wasn't even the slightest hint of red wine in it. Just in case you haven't already noticed, fries were also included in the dish, hiding under the lamb.
Milk Tea (Hot)
While the milk tea came to the table slightly warmer than lukewarm, I enjoyed its thick consistency. The amount of milk was just right, not guilty of masking the aroma of the tea. Pika's advice: Freshly brewed coffee is available in place of milk tea. You may also want to upgrade to an iced beverage by topping up HK$4.00 (~S$0.70).
While the food wasn't extraordinary, I relished the salmon steak. I'd be interested to try their other dishes that sound interesting, but not anytime soon for sure.
Hong Kong Day
17 Canton Road
Shop 242, 2/F Harbour City
Tsim Sha Tsui
(Daily: 11.00am - 10.00pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge.
Have a nice meal,