Asia's best, and the one in Hong Kong, to be officially opened in late August, is Issaya's first overseas outpost. As I heard they were able to receive customers a week earlier than their planned opening day, I decided to make a booking for dinner on one of those early evenings, knowing it's probably less crowded before words came out about this new restaurant.
The menu offered a good number of a la carte choices and there were also two set menus featuring some of the restaurants' signature dishes. We would have gone for the longer tasting menu but the manager told us it's not available on the night that we visited since some ingredients were not ready, so we settled for the regular set menu with 7 savory courses plus dessert. We figured that's the best way to try out as many dishes as possible with just the two of us.
|Amuse Bouche Trio|
|Kradook Moo Aob Sauce - Spiced rubbed Pork Belly Ribs glazed with Issaya House-blended Chili Paste|
The other dishes were served family-style placed in the middle of our table, meant to be shared. The food were in tasting portion but at the end, they were more than enough for us. My favorite dish was the spice rubbed baby back ribs with the house-blended chili paste. The texture was spot-on and the rich flavors from an assortment of spices well-infused into the tender meat - probably cooked with a combination of sous vide and finished in the oven with the chili paste brushed on.
|Mussamun Gae - Lamb Shank simmered in Mussamum Curry served with pickled cucumbers|
|Kanom Dokmali - Jasmine Flower Panna Cota served with Jasmine Rice Ice Cream and Jasmine Rice Tuile|
On the day we were there, the serving speed was a bit erratic but not to the point of irritating - a few times the dish was served out of sequence and arrived too fast before we could finish the previous course. It's okay for a casual dinner but I would prob say something if it's for the tasting menu. Other than that, no major glitches with the service for the evening and the staff was friendly, patient and attentive.
|Le Issaya Cocktail - Grey Goose Vodka, Mulberry Sorbet and Sparkling Rose served in a martini glass.|
Overall I think the place was nice - probably a good choice in this hood for a fancy night out, especially if you want something different other than Japanese restaurants which seem to be a dime a dozen in the vicinity. Yes it's a bit pricey, but not more than any decent, upscale restaurant in the area. Fine-dining Thai is few and far between in Hong Kong and Issaya does hit the spot with the right balance between being indigenous and contemporary. It was a great dining experience for us.
When? August 25 2015
Where? Issaya Siamese Club Hong Kong, 25/F The Midtown, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Kradook Moo Aob Sauce - Spiced rubbed Pork Baby Back Ribs glazed with Issaya House-blended Chili Paste.
Drinks? Di Vi Vine, "Di Luccio" Gavi di Gavi DOCG 2013