we had an interesting italian-inspired modern vegetarian dinner for 13pax RI G20 get-together at Sufood on 30.3.2015. a very good choice by the organiser. ^^
one of the friends used the phone apps to make a mosaic food picture (top photo). very nice!
we had the italian bread sticks with mustard & berries dip. both were ok. i liked the mustard better. 🙂
we kicked off with the chef’s sufood starter – a quite wonderful trio japanese yam with berry sauce, cucumber & cherry tomato plum jelly.
a refreshing start.^^
the healthy ones went for the fruit salad.
a few of us, myself included, took the mushroom salad, a popular dish. it was good. 🙂
another took the summer salad.
& the classic garden salad with a choice of sesame sauce or caesar dressing.
for the soup, cream of pumpkin was a popular choice.
i had the pea soup with oyster mushroom cubes at the bottom. maybe this was the healthy version so it was not an intense cream of pea soup, texture combination was great, with the crunchy mushrooms. it was the same also with the pumpkin soup, not intense & flavourful.
some had the root soup, and the most healthy among us went for the cabbage & sweet potato stew. 🙂
the calzone came highly recommended. calzone looked like a huge curry puff. the dough was more akin to pizza dough.
i must say after trying a few, i was in total agreement that calzone was the best dish/main course.
i picked the pita pocket though. many of the main courses came with plastic gloves, if you wanted to share your food.^^
the mock meatballs were pretty ok but it was not as tasty & satisfying as the calzone.
don’t really know how the porcini pasta tasted like, but generally the food quality was competent, pretty ok for vegetarian dishes though not spectacular.
i would rate the squid ink as the second best after the calzone. the mushrooms were shaped to look like squid rings.
i tried the star pizza. didn’t think much of it.
did not try the banana cheesecake. guess it should be quite ok.
i had the black sesame penn a cotta. smooth, quite good.
i had the penn a cotta with a healthy ashitaba drink. not sure what to make of it. at least it not bitter like wheatgrass. it wasn’t too sweet so it was ok.
some friends had osmanthus jelly. didn’t try it but that should be very safe, couldn’t go wrong.^^
the company & dinner were very enjoyable. these gatherings came about quite naturally, a desire to spend time with friends & share views & experiences.^^
& wine was marvellous of course. 🙂
doesn’t blow me away for sure, but equally it is a place i am happy to come back a few times.^^
we had a fabulous. sublime lunch @ HKK London at worship street on 26.8.2014. to me it was par with the £36 3-course pre-theatre menu at joel robuchon no less. 🙂
it took us a while to decide. our instinct when it came to chinese food, was to go for the cheap, robust, proven good chinese eats like roast duck at goldmine & four seasons. there was this lack of faith, that fine chinese was just the same cheap chinese food repackaged to cost an arm & a leg. 😦
we went to hkk all the same. hkk is the latest addition by hakkasan group. we took the northern line from king’s cross to moorgate. had the wonderful 4-course £28.50 lunch. 🙂
2 wet days in a row. the day before was raining in cambridge, and this time rain interfered with our plans to go greenwich, well at least we had a superb lunch to make up for the dreary start.
#1 the crispy duck salad – pulled duck with crispy skin bits in plum sauce, melon & dragon fruits & beautiful salad – was a superb dish. it was substantial too, with quite a good portion of duck meat. to me it was equal to any good appetiser in a top western restaurant.
#2 the truffle chicken soup was simply sublime. it was a wonderful tasting 当归鸡汤 with julienne cordyceps strips, a blended texture yet chinese tasting soup with great truffle flavour. 🙂
#3 the 3rd course was a wagyu, japanese yam, cripsy sweet potato & egg fried rice. the braised wagyu was top draw, soft tender braised texture not too sinewy & still bouncy, definitely better than the ox cheek at Joel Robuchon, and different but equal to the braised lamb shoulder at honey & co.
#4 the salted cashew nuts, milk & peanut parfait, chocolate, & lime sorbet was also a very good dessert. the parfait under the peanut crust was much like a good ice cream.
in terms of presentation, taste & quality of cooking departments, each dish & the overall experience of this 4-course hkk set lunch was equal to any set lunch or pre-theatre menu in a good fine dining restaurant. 🙂