Neighborhood was recently awarded the No. 9 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2022. They offer a wide variety of French cuisine on their every changing menu, but always featuring seasonal local ingredients. I got a chance to try some of the signature dishes during my visit and they definitely lived up to expectations!
Neighborhood is located in a side alley near Hollywood Road. It is initially difficult to spot so my friends and I had to spend some time to figure out its location.
The restaurant is renovated in minimalist industrial style with concrete walls and metallic/ wooden furniture. Although the shop isn’t large, the seating area is quite comfortable and it’s a good place to catch up with friends. Out of all the dishes I tried, I found the following the most impressive: the beef tartare, escargot, the short ribs and the paella.
French aquitaine beef tartare/ abalone/ sancho pepper (HK$275)
The beef was served in small diced pieces and it was really tender and fresh. It is seasoned with the perfect amount of salt, pepper, with a hint of sancho pepper, and the tartare is topped with fresh abalone. The natural sweetness and the chewy texture of the abalone compliment very well with the beef. I really enjoyed this creative combination.
Escargot/ spring garlic leaf/ “N25” Oscietra caviar (HK$360)
This is a dish that was highly recommended by the staffs and it is surprisingly delicious! The escargot is deep fried in a spring garlic leaf, served with a short skewer. The soft and tender escargot matches well with the fragrant crispy garlic leaf. This contrast in texture is really interesting. Generous amount of caviar was also added to give a bit of umami and saltiness to the dish, a fabulous combination of ingredients.
“Mayura Station” Wagyu short rib beef/ potato/ lettuce/ garlic confit – $650/$1250
The wagyu beef has extremely high and beautiful marbling. The beef was roasted perfectly with just right amount of pink on the inside. It was really tender and it just melts right in your mouth. The confit potatoes were really crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The dish features a garlic sauce with a hint of sweetness. It goes really well with the beef and the lettuce on the bottom.
Hokkaido kinki (thornyhead rockfish) paella – $1180
We have pre-ordered this dish since my friends really like Kinki fish. The Kinki fish, which is well known for its delicious fat is cooked perfectly. The skin of the fish is grilled till crispy with right amount of seasoning. The flesh, on the other hand, is smooth and buttery, with a hint of natural sweetness. The fish oil is also well-absorbed by the paella. The paella is also cooked to the right point, really flavourful and rich!
The restaurant changes their menu really often based on seasonal ingredients so don’t expect all these dishes to still be there. I just can’t wait to try their new dishes soon!
61–63 Hollywood Road, Central, 5713 6913