One of our favourite chefs, Arron Rhodes, recently departed his posting as the executive chef at Aqua Group’s new Tai Kwun restaurant Statement. Previously the head chef at Gough’s on Gough, and renowned for his expertly executed British dishes – for which we at Foodie were big fans, awarding the restaurant under Rhodes’ direction Best New Restaurant 2018 – we were interested to find out what he would do next.
We are delighted to discover that after meeting long-time Lily & Bloom chef Chris Grare, known for his high-end take on American comfort food that ensured a constant stream of return customers to the Wyndham Street restaurant, they have decided to go out on their own and open a restaurant together in SoHo, right on Shelley Street across from Marks & Spencer Food. It looks to be an ideal spot to pop in and catch this dynamic duo in action.
Dubbing their new venture “Kinship”, it represents a place for family and friends to meet and dine in a casual, comfortable and buoyant atmosphere. The farm-to-table concept means that Rhodes and Grare have developed relationships with local farms and suppliers.
Kinship Restaurant is Open!
Related: Read Celia’s review of Kinship HK
We have had word of the signature dishes and also the brand new brunch options
Sticky BBQ Pork Belly (HKD$228)
- Grass-fed Australian Beef Tartare (HK$168) Bali bean salad, roasted peanut sauce, fresh lime sambal
- Grandpa’s Roasted Carrots (HK$128) Dill-almond butter, dried carrot, cultured carrot juice, homemade fresh curd
- Giant Duck Ravioli (HK$210) Slow cooked duck leg, lo soi, scallion, ginger cream
- Spiced Seafood Stew (HK$298) Spaetzle, charred lobster, sofrito
- Beef for 2 (HK$618) NY Strip, blue cheese potatoes, mustard cream
- Chocolate & Coconut Tart (HK$88) Pandan mousse, toasted coconut, kaya jam
Spiced Seafood Stew at Kinship (HKD$298)
There is a brand new brunch option! Kinship’s brunch experience will rotate between The American Menu and The British Menu every weekend. Each menu is priced at HK$388+10% per person, with an optional free-flow package at an additional +HK$198
“The American Brunch Menu” begins with family-style starters such as warm homemade biscuits slathered in Southern-style sausage gravy, soft-scrambled eggs with Chef Chris’s signature Cajun seasoning, salt-baked beet and citrus with refreshing mint yogurt sauce, and the classic American breakfast dish, corned beef hash with caramelized onions.
For your main, choose one among three sizzling plates, including hot and sweet fried chicken and waffles, the polenta and fried prawn with pickled jalapeno sour cream, or a stack of ultra-fluffy pancakes layered with crispy bacon, peanut butter and maple syrup.
“The British Brunch Menu” is an ode to the traditional British Roast, using exceptional produce to recreate the beloved Sunday household tradition. For starters, choose between pea and ham soup and chicken, and truffle terrine accompanied by Arron’s nanna’s tangy vegetable relish (piccalilli), before diving into the main course.
Guests can choose between a tender roast sirloin of Devonshire beef, served with a classic Yorkshire pudding, or the baked Norwegian salmon with savory shellfish cream. The main is accompanied by mum’s roast potatoes, grandma’s gravy, Cauliflower cheese and honey-roasted carrots with salted cashew nuts.
The free-flow drinks option (+HK198) covers cava, house red and white wines, beer, and the choice between American (Arnold Palmer) and British (Gin & Tonic) cocktails. Brunch at Kinship goes from 11:30am – 4pm every weekend, and officially kicks off with “The American Brunch Menu” from 29 June 2019.
If you can’t choose at dinner, Kinship is offering a ‘Family Meal’ for HKD$488 per head – a tasting menu of 4 or 5 courses per person which are all served to your table sharing style.
The age old question – where to eat lunch in Central? Looking for somewhere new to meet up that’s not too chaotic and a little bit special? We can recommend the Kinship lunch menu.
The Kinship lunch menu June 2020
For HK298 for 2 courses, it’s not supposed to be an every day affair. Which is a shame because it is excellent. The Steak Tartar had just a smidge too many pickles and lacking a little heat (we should have asked for some) but was otherwise excellent in freshness, flavour and size. The Scallop Ceviche was a joy from start to finish, with a generous portion of scallops on top of a rich tomato chutney.
For mains, we thought the Pork Belly was a standout, with thinly sliced green apple and braised cabbage to cut through the rich fat. The Risotto was intense and flavourful, but perhaps a little too much so and we couldn’t finish it. Will come back to try again though.
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