Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dining In

We are spoiled with choices for places to eat at The Rosewood Hong Kong and needless to say, we were well-fed during our 2-night stay at the property.

On the first night we decided to stay in and enjoyed some quiet time in our room with an "impromptu picnic". We got some cheeses and champagne which we brought from home and we supplemented them with bread and pastries from the French boulangerie Gontran Cherrier which has a shop at K11 Musea next door, plus the charcuterie platter from Bayfare Social downstairs. The platter came in decent potion with great selection of cold cuts, olives and toasts - that alone would have made a meal for the two of us. I just wish they had it in the room service menu so save me a trip to down to the restaurant and having to pick it up myself.  We also finished with a delicious chocolate cake from the Butterfly Patisserie, a gift from the hotel team when they heard we were staying as part of a birthday celebration.

Breakfasts were served at Holt's Cafe downstairs. The restaurant was said to be the hotel's take on the local teahouse/diner (cha chaan teng) culture in a super posh setting, completed with wide booth-style seating, table with marble top and leather armchairs which resembled more like a steakhouse than a meagre coffee shop. They changed the breakfast semi-buffet to a pure a la carte menu with choices of set dishes in different styles. Their signature breakfast basically came with everything, starting with cold cut and cheese, cereal and yogurt (by Bordier!), fruit platters and a sumptuous pastry basket (love the local-style "bor lor bao"). Then there's also a choice of main (from egg dishes to order to waffles and pancakes prepared a la minute) and sides (Cantonese dimsum platter or choice of breakfast meats). They gave the whole new meaning to a "full" breakfast and no surprise we opted for light lunches both days after such a huge meal in the morning.

On second night we dropped by Bayfare Social for a casual dinner. Positioned itself as a glamorous "tapas bar-inspired gastro-market", the place reminded me of La Boqueria, Eataly or Marche Movenpick but slightly more upscale. A wide variety of dishes were offered on their menu, prepared in "food stations" scattered around the dining area - from burgers and sandwiches to tapas and cold cuts to pasta and Asian noodles to cakes and sweets, and we could just order from our table with the food brought to us. This time we went for the special "United We Dine" menu which was offered during the pandemic to encourage people to support the local F&B industry by dining out more often. The hamachi was a refreshing appetizer dish with thick slices of yellowtail cured with citrus juice and served with coriander-sesame dressing and garnishes. The “Paella of the Day” was shrimp and clams; it’s prepared in a gigantic pan at the cooking station and served in individual portion on a smaller iron pan – less of the socarrat at the bottom of the pan, but came with excellent flavor. And I finished off with a few scoops of ice-cream – something I have been craving for.


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