Mercedes me Store is one of the latest HK restaurants to join the Green Monday platform, a worldwide initiative to promote a healthier, plant-based lifestyle that’s eco-friendly in the process. Even if you’re a carnivore at heart, you can start small – going green only one day a week.
The Green Monday menu at Mercedes me continues the restaurant’s unique fusion of Japanese, Peruvian and Spanish flavours – call it Nikkei 2.0. We’ve tried nearly every item on the menu and can attest to the exquisite presentation and knockout flavours.
Our favourite of the cold dishes was the beetroot tartare ($180). We may have turned our noses up at it as children, but beetroot is having a moment lately. This dish saw teeny-tiny cubes of beetroot – naturally so vibrant on their own – turned up with bits of goat cheese (a classic pairing), beetroot foam, a scattering of edible flowers and herbs and ‘egg yolk’ orbs that were (surprise!) made of mango. We got stuck in, mixing in the mango yolk for a winning symphony of flavours.
In the hot section, it was a draw between the 65-degree slow-cooked egg ($120) and the baked angel hair pasta ($220). It was actually the bed of creamy sweetcorn purée that stole the show in the egg dish – though we haven’t even officially entered spring, it provided that quintessential taste of summer that we crave year-round: fresh, sweet, flavourful corn. Presented in a paella pan, the angel hair pasta was chopped and smothered in a garlicky tomato sauce loaded up with mushrooms and piquillo peppers. We fought over the crisp bits of pasta on the bottom.
Admittedly, the dessert may not have sounded that appealing on the menu – sweet potato jam ($100) – but it was a deliciously complex delight, from the paper-thin caramelised apple slices, to the creamy cheese mousse, to the tart raspberry sorbet, to the crumbly biscuit base. Our plates were licked clean.
Oh, yes, and if you're a fan of the Russian roulette of hot, salty grilled padron peppers ($110), you'll love Mercedes me's classic version.
The downsides? The portion sizes are on the lighter side, so if you’re a hearty eater like we are, you’ll need to order a lot to feel satisfied. The prices are also very high – too high if you ask us, especially for lunch (there's a green salad on there clocking in at $130). We do appreciate the amount of thought that has gone into each dish – and the presentation is indeed stunning – but to convert the vast majority of meat eaters that make up Hong Kong, the menu needs to be more wallet friendly.
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