No big changes in the local dining & drinking
scene this month, besides some good times for the bars during the recent
Euro 2004 football.
After the big success of the first wine
tasting in the Deli Lamma, they've organised another one recently (Thu,
June 17), together with their wine merchant Vinoasis (see
Two quick restaurant reviews by yours truly:
Lambcombe and new Honey Bee:
Review - Lamcombe Restaurant:
I've been visiting the Lambcombe Restaurant
with a group of American MBA students recently, playing one of the
local hosts, showing them how to eat the more "exotic" dishes, like
scallops or minced pork wrapped in lettuce leaves.
It was a grand
feast of impressive size & variety, all the Lamcombe's signature
seafood dishes were served, fully justifying their well-deserved
reputation as the very best Chinese restaurant in Yung Shue Wan.
Attentive service, seaview terrace, a cool night, fantastic food...
But what was most
surprising was how few of our American guests actually appreciated the
food, some not even trying most of the dishes because they looked
unfamiliar. Not appreciating the feast laid out in front of them (see
above), making disparaging remarks, not being adventurous in trying
something new or "strange" to them, just a few daring to try new
things, it was quite disheartening & disappointing.
put the copious leftovers into "doggy bags" for us hosts, as we
definitely didn't want to let this kind of delicious, tasty,
high-class food go to waste.
Review - Honey Bee:
The new dessert place opposite Thai Thai has
been open for a few months now. "Open" is a relative term in their
case, though, as I still couldn't figure out their infrequent &
irregular opening hours:
occasionally on weekday evenings, most of weekend afternoons, but not
late in the evenings. It's rare to see them open when walking past the
nice-looking little shop with just four tables and still no name sign
above the door or on the menus.
Strangely, the prices
on the extensive Chinese menu and the blackboards all seem much lower
than the few dishes described in English. Only the most expensive
dishes seem to be listed in English...
Because the place is so tiny and
decorated in glass/stone/chrome, it's very noisy and echoing if there
are any other guests. But it's usually almost empty. One of the only 4
tables was totally blocked by a massive mountain bike belonging to one
of the staff.
Lamma-Por disliked the
ambience of the place so much that she refused to order anything. My
chocolate pudding with banana and runny whipped cream (pictured below)
was definitely not worth the ca. $25 they charged for it. It also took
a very long time to arrive. Obviously made from cheapo pudding powder,
it tasted more like artificially flavoured jello than real pudding.
This place is still running on the
usual temporary half-year restaurant license. We'll see if they'll make the additional substantial
investment to upgrade their facilities to get a full license. This
place is a missed opportunity. I was really looking forward for YSW
finally getting a decent dessert place. The wait continues...
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Lamma Bistro: Breakfast All Day
Island Bar: Lamma Dragons sale: Champagne & salmon/cream cheese bagels
Diesel's: Curries galore!
Deli Lamma: English Breakfast
Deli Lamma: Fish fillet
Deli Lamma: Tandoori chicken & garlic naan
Blue Bird Japanese: Best noodle soup in the village, $28