Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Loyal Dining, Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

Loyal Dining, Wellington Street

Western colonialism in Asian countries left behind legacies. One apparent take away can be found in the unique spin on the food created through a East meets West approach formed by the necessity of the resultant cultural dynamism.

Loyal Dining (66 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel : +852 3125 3000) serves amongst other things, food that takes from those particular pages of history, whipping up the local rendition of Western food in Hong Kong. While this approach to food is not unique to just this part of the world, it definitely was unique for Hong Kong's own.

These by the way, have also become what is also commonly termed as retro-styled western meals by many today. In a rather classy setting too.

Loyal Dining, foie gras

Here's sautéed foie gras on toasted brioche. Tasted pretty much like it looked, with a generous chunk of the fatty duck liver across the crispy bread.

Loyal Dining, foie gras

The pan seared foie gras (again) with bbq pork served with rice topped with a sunny side up caught our attention. We telepathically came to consensus that couldn't give that a pass. Not at all. After all, foie gras with char siew together on the same plate is certainly not something one gets to choose everyday.

This turned out to be pretty good on the account of each element of the dish. Right down to the fragrant light soya sauce and a spring onion/garlic salsa thingy on the side that was delicious with rice. The fat laced char siew was pretty decent.

Loyal Dining, rice egg

They delivered the sunny side up with the molten yolk standards we all had been looking forward to.

Loyal Dining, rice egg

We made good use of the liquid yolk and the light soy sauce. After realising that there wasn't enough of the yolk to go around, we mashed in the foie gras as well. For extra enrichment of our plain grains.

Loyal Dining, truffle fried rice

Their fried rice with black truffle and diced beef tenderloin as we assessed, was an updated take on the East meets West I had mentioned earlier. I'm pretty sure that black truffles wasn't on menu in the 70s. There was sufficient flavour from the truffle, enough diced beef for a bit of a bite plus a medley of small crunchy textures from the bits of diced vegetables.

Not excessively greasy as well.

I wasn't really taken in by their Portuguese styled baked vegetables. Came in a turmeric based sauce laced with desiccated coconut. But then again, I was never one for viscous sauces.

Loyal Dining, soufflé

We wrapped the lunch up with their Loyal soufflé which was really just a plain eggy soufflé. Not that I'm complaining but I'm sure we've had better. Meaning fluffier.

The wash down was a ice cold milk tea. This drink cannot be more iconic for me and I suppose I try to order one whenever possible since it's close to impossible to get something that tastes as good back home.

Loyal Dining, Wellington Street

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