12000 francs – modern European

You’re going to like this place for brunch. The sourdough bread is made fresh and warm, plus they have free flow HK$290/person for champagne, cocktails and wine (basically everything you like). For dinner, their menu is both interesting and traditional with the standard expectations of charcuterie, burrata, duck, lamb, ribeye, etc. I like how the kitchen is open to include some items with an Asian twist, like the Kimchi Devils (kimchi and soft boiled eggs), Rendang pork cheeks, and Pandan flavoured dessert.

If we go here for dinner, can we go to Awtar after for shisha? Please?
We can either get off on Hollywood road and walk up or if we’re lucky, can drive and park on Elgin street (probably only for early brunch).

Interior/atmosphere: With a largely dark green interior, grey geometric patterns, wooden furniture, gold/bronze decor, and warm lighting, the restaurant has a relaxing, modern, and yet romantic feel to it.

They have isolated seats and one long high table at the front, I’d prefer the sofa side for dinner and probably the high table for brunch 🙂

Food: Generally, I was surprised with how pronounced the Asian flavours were in some dishes. For example, the pork cheek pasta was definitely more of a curry 撈麵 than a rendang spiced tagliatelle, which was quite a fun surprise!

And omg, sweet potato crisps!!!

Motanera Ranchera – so filling!

Service: Might be better during dinner? Quite inattentive during our Saturday brunch, even though the space isn’t that large, the girls had to wave for the guy to take our orders (there were only 2 other patrons there too!).

Worth trying out for dinner (the menu looks more exciting too), kinda wish they would have the free flow during then instead of brunch!

Website and menu here!

121bc – Osteria e Enoteca

A cozy and yummy Italian restaurant on Peel street, right next to LKF. The shared tables allow more opportunities to make conversation with other diners. I also think it’s a great place to take acquaintances you want to become closer with. Came here twice for dinner and drinks, quite satisfied.

Crowd is usually intimate small groups, not rowdy at all. Great for a chill night with 2-3 friends or a nice meal before partying down the street. Mmmmm I guess I would describe it as a comfortable space that welcomes new sparks?

Get off on Hollywood road next to the Chinese tea/juice place and walk up.

Interior/atmosphere: a combination of industrial, Brooklyn, rustic? It’s an intimate space with three long shared tables (third one is right next to the window, we can people watch on a saturday afternoon ^^). There’s also a private dining room behind the bar, think it can squeeze a good group of 8? It’s perfect for a dinner gathering with close friends.

My photos don’t look so romantic, but checkout other review photos online~

Food: they change their menu regularly I think depending on what they can source from the local organic growers and sustainable seafood (meat from Australia), wine selection is great (not that I know much).

The menu on one of the nights I tried out:

Take note that the olives aren’t pitted, so I’m gonna be a little gross when we eat this over some house white.

Liver pate very creamy, goes well with the fruit, made me crave cranberries


Papardelle yummy not too hearty

Steak and uni butter – I should have mixed the butter with the lentils instead of the steak

Service: Warm and friendly staff who know when to not interrupt your conversations *thumbs up*

So yeaaaaaa maybe we can do a double date here with one of our couple friends?? *hint hint nudge nudge*

Here’s there website to check their menu and they update their Instagram quite regularly too 🙂

Bindaas – contemporary Indian food

I’ve only been here twice, it doesn’t blow my mind, but there’s something about it that makes my brain refuse to forget about it…I think it’s the live band, it was so much fun the first time I came (to be updated next visit!).

If we’re taking a cab, get off on Hollywood road, it’s too trafficky to go through Aberdeen street.

Restaurant main entrance

Interior/atmosphere: mostly grey color tones, red and yellow at the bar, all redwood high tables with bar chairs (sofa side is more comfy), it’s a warm and sociable setting.

The vibe is definitely more fun at night with the live band, and you bet we’ll be singing along to Californicationnnn~ somewhere in the evening.

Food: Small dishes are quite yum! They seem to have more to offer in this section than the staple samosas in most Indian restaurants in Hong Kong. Go with normal spicy for all the curry dishes (the vindaloo is too high level for me!). Dont bother with the roti or naan though, unless you’re interested in the Naanza (Naan+pizza). I haven’t tried their cocktails yet, but we can always head off to Little Lab or Aberdeen Street Social afterwards.

Service: slow to respond, most of the staff seem to have just woken up and may not understand English very well, but the food comes pretty quick….which kinda makes up for it?

All in all, I would come here again for the atmosphere and small bites, or whenever I crave gentrified Indian food (btw Sevva is good with that too *drools*).

checkout Bindaas website for the full menu and reservation details lah

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