Despite the somewhat eccentric location in the midst of a local market, with fishmonger and butchers' stall lining alongside the narrow street leading to the restaurant, the place has always been popular since its opening a few years ago, leading the way to a few other restaurant openings in this neighborhood. It was packed as usual on the day of our visit, showing no sign of slowing down despite the pending closure in slightly less than 2 months.
We went for the chef's menu as we usually do, essentially leaving the decision up to the chef. The style of the dishes fell somewhere in this interesting balance of being bold, eccentric but refined, using whatever ingredients they can get hold of regardless of their origins, resulting in a series of unique courses in tasting portions being brought to our table in order. A small shot glass of the tardy ceviche juice with sweet raspberry got us started as amuse-bouche, followed by a skewer of tiny mussels with a dab of miso and wasabi (also slightly sweet).
the chocolate palette at Neighborhood (another of my favorite chocolate dessert) but the one here was firmer with that interesting twist of the salty plum crumbs for the balance of flavors. Of course, the dacquoise was as good as we have expected, sweet and decadent.
When? November 13 2016
Where? Serge et Le Phoque, 3 Wanchai Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Dacquoise, as always! But the rest were excellent too!
Drinks? 2011 Cedric Bouchard 'Roses de Jeanne' Inflorescence Blanc de Noirs Val Vilaine