Those who have lived in Hong Kong for awhile will know that there are only two seasons in this city: humid and dry. A few things happen when the fog of oppressive dampness lifts around us; people go hiking, some folks start wearing down jackets and, for some of us, what arrives is an inexplicable appetite for meat and carbs. It might be nostalgia for a steaming hot bowl of comfort food when the air starts to chill or just the idea of hearty meat and veg to herald the holiday season, but whatever the reason, the craving for something familiar is strong.
The Continental, with its breezy terrace and sleek interior, is ushering in an autumn game menu to cater for these hunger pangs. Featuring gorgeous dishes such as baby spinach and pumpkin salad, we were hungry to try these new additions to the restaurant’s menu.
We were treated to a multi-course dinner that included some seasonal classics such as Paris mushroom soup ($135), blended with truffle cream to add a note of decadence to the aromatic fungi. There weren’t any surprises for us with this dish, but as far as comfort food goes, it was a good start.
We also enjoyed the rabbit cavatelli ($190). The handmade-at-the-premises pasta had that great chewy bite you can only get from the fresh stuff. The ragout-like sauce paired well with the pasta and teased out the sweet flavour of the rabbit meat.
For our main, we were served braised beef cheeks with venison loin ($330), and this dish really hit the spot. Plated in black truffle jus, the coppery flavour of the venison proved to be the answer to the season’s carnivorous cravings.
Here’s the thing about seeking out comfort food; it doesn’t have to be fancy or anything new – it just has to be there waiting for us when we need it. The Continental’s autumnal dishes are exactly what these cravings call for. And, hey, the restaurant has a great terrace, so come and sit outside wearing your finest winter down jacket and all.
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