Ping Huo (Szechuan)
[hông' kông'] n.
1. a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China, formerly
a British Crown Colony 2. also known as a foodie's heaven|
[nösh] Slang ~ n.
1. food or a meal ~ vb
2. to eat.
L/G Hilltop Plaza
49 Hollywood Rd, Central
+852 2559 1317
+852 9051 4496
(the owner, Wang Hais mobile)
Dinner HK$250 per head, cash only. (You
need to pay a deposit of 50% when booking)
This private kitchen made it into American food magazine, Saveurs top 100 in 2003 and has become the public face of the gastronomic heights that can be reached in private kitchen dining in Hong Kong.
The interiors are tastefully minimal, with the only colour coming from the artworks of one of the owners, Wang Hai. His wife works in the back of house, looking after the cooking and coming out only at the end to receive plaudits for the food and to sing her obligatory song. Wang Hai himself works the front of house, attentive, friendly and ever present to explain the dishes.
The food is sophisticated and the menu wonderfully paced and thought through to help take the edge off the spicy dishes. I enjoyed the first half of the menu more. The cold dishes had a wonderful delicacy in the balance of flavours, the soups clear and pure. The main dishes were at times a touch disappointing, lacking the robustness that you can find in Mum Chaus cooking. Perhaps its unfair to compare the two as they are quite different in style and remit. Mum Chaus is all gutsy and down home (see review on Mum Chau's) but this is about refinement and delicacy. In the end, it depends on what mood your in and what kind of company you have on the night. For a more sophisticated night out, this is the better bet.