No, East Kowloon, we haven’t forgotten you. And the folks on the Island haven’t either. The brains behind Little Tai Hang’s Tipsy Restaurant & Bar have landed in Kwun Tong, with newly birthed Little Tipsy in tow. Think of this addition to the family as its more casual, more low-key, more health-conscious sibling.
Stepping into the restaurant didn’t make us feel the least bit intoxicated, but there was an ethereal, dollhouse-like charm to the place. Decked out in dreamy hues, it reminded us of a pastel-coloured IKEA, with a pared-down, minimalistic interior to match. The decor was sparse, with a few mirrors here and there hanging by the booth seats, but it didn’t feel lacking; rather, the bare minimum seemed to work well aesthetically. Quite a big step away from its big sister, which is all dim light and romantic atmosphere.
Lunch buffets can be grand affairs, but Little Tipsy shows that it’s not always about quantity. The salad bar and soup set ($88) comes with a very reasonable price tag, considering you can gorge yourself silly on just the selection of starter dishes. From excellent Parma ham slices and cold cuts, to a flavourful sweet potato and fingerling potato salad, to a snap pea and green bean salad that boasted an impressive trifecta of robust flavours, fresh ingredients and perfect textures, to a delicious tuna pasta, we were quite content with grabbing plenty of everything. We didn’t get to try the two different kinds of leafy salads or the tomato and cucumber salad as we had added entrées of sea bass and risotto to our lunch – for research purposes, of course – though we did see others pile them sky high onto their own plates.
Our pan-seared sea bass ($138) was advertised to come with hash browns, which is always a favourite to look forward to, so imagine our surprise when we saw the soft, pillowy bed of mashed potato. But, no matter, the creaminess of the mash was unparalleled and made us quite grateful for the substitution. With a variety of textures on hand, from the smooth mash, to the crunchy green beans, to the flaky and crisp sea bass, our taste buds were thoroughly satisfied with each forkful.
The mushroom risotto ($108), on the other hand, was a little underwhelming, despite its promise of wild mushrooms, onsen egg and Parmesan cheese. It looked so good on paper that all the diners in our party eagerly eyed it and tried to lay claim to the first bite, but alas, it didn’t quite live up to the hype. Though the seasoning was on point and the cooking was well executed, it didn’t sustain our interest from start to finish, and the flavours began to muddle halfway through the dish.
Our lunch ended with the dessert of the day, which, luckily for us, meant a decadent square of chocolate and raspberry cake ($20), a well-balanced treat that we felt good about indulging in after our mindful meal. The lightness of the cake sat well with us, and we liked that it wasn’t overly sweet.
A very fulfiling meal indeed. Considering the free-flow salad bar may be had for a mere $88, Little Tipsy’s lunch menu is a bargain for those looking for a lighter, healthier option in the Kwun Tong area.
Shop A, 9/F, Wong Tze Building, 71 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong, 2360 0188
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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