New Restaurant: Waterfront Bar & Terrace at Harbour Grand Kowloon

New Restaurant: Waterfront Bar & Terrace at Harbour Grand Kowloon

We found this relaxing patio in Hung Hom perfect for al-fresco dining

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Celia Hu  Celia Hu  on 9 Apr '19


After years of redevelopment, Harbour Grand Kowloon has recently unveiled its new hotel tower and al-fresco Waterfront Bar & Terrace. Previously a sport bar concept, the revamped dining space now features a seafood-centric sharing menu that’s perfect to complement the relaxing sea views on the patio. We recently sat down with Executive Chef Alexandre Buytaert to taste some of the new menu items.

Sitting in the al-fresco dining space overlooking Victoria Harbour, we watched runners jogging leisurely along the seaside promenade before diving into our first dish.


Oysters and shrimp and crab campechana at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

A duo of freshly shucked oysters ($148 for 6) and baked oysters Kilpatrick ($168 for 6) came with marinara sauce and fresh lemon. We particularly enjoyed the baked oysters with their sinful piles of bacon on top.

The shrimp and crab campechana ($160) arrived accompanied by crisp tortilla dippers and was packed full of sweet and tangy seafood goodness.


Ahi tuna tartare at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

Perfect on a hot summer's day, the ahi tuna tartare ($160) was layered with sweet mango and creamy avocado.


Jumbo crab cakes at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

Jumbo crab cakes ($168) with crisp greens.


Smoked halibut at Waterside Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

The brininess of the smoked halibut ($188) was balanced by the sweetness of the iceberg lettuce wedges.


Fried calamari at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

Fresh, piping-hot fried calamari ($140) dusted with red peppercorn.


Lobster pizza ar Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

Hearty lobster pizza ($420).


Seared salmon with blackberry sauce at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon

Seared salmon with blackberry sauce ($220) was one of our favourites of the meal.


Cod en papillote at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

Cod en papillote ($280) allowed the fish’s flavour to infuse the vegetables below.


Image title  Hokkaido scallops wrapped in bacon at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

Hokkaido scallops wrapped in pancetta ($268) came swimming in a creamy velouté. This was another one of our favourites owing to the classic contrast between the sweet, succulent scallops and the savoury pancetta.

A bevy of sides accompanied the mains, including gratin dauphinois ($60), roasted portobello mushrooms with thyme ($40), braised asparagus with lemon zest ($40) and gnocchi with sage and semi-dried tomatoes ($40).


Pineapple carpaccio at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

The thinly sliced pineapple carpaccio ($80) with homemade coconut ice cream would make for the perfect summer day’s dessert owing to its refreshing iciness.


Chocolate and red wine ganache at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

Chocolate and red wine ganache ($80) topped with raspberries was almost too pretty to eat.


Lemon meringue tart at Waterfront Bar & Terrace, Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong

Lemon meringue tart ($80) for a sweet finish.


Verdict

Waterfront Bar & Terrace is a relaxing little place for a shared meal with friends and also a good lunch spot for office workers nearby as the restaurant offers an array of weekday lunch buffet packages ($158–218). The area could soon become busier when the new sport stadium opens in the coming year.


G/F, Harbour Grand Kowloon, 20 Tak Fung Street, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, 2996 8455, book online


This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.


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Celia Hu

Celia Hu

Editor-at-Large, Jetsetter Food Nomad

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