America’s East and West Coast Seafood Cultures Feature at Cull N’ Pistol

America’s East and West Coast Seafood Cultures Feature at Cull N’ Pistol

The waterside restaurant creates iconic seafood dishes with culinary inspirations from New England and California

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Jericho Li  Jericho Li  on 16 Nov '21


Cull N’ Pistol’s new ocean-driven menu offerings are so good that you’d be willing to give a leg, or a claw, for them.

Located at the waterfront promenade in the laid-back neighbourhood of Sai Wan Ho, promoted widely as SoHo East, Cull N’ Pistol is a friendly, al-fresco hang-out with a modern, nautical-inspired interior design, providing a relaxing atmosphere for city dwellers to break away from the typical scenes of Hong Kong. Joggers and pet owners stroll by, with the windows of residential high-rises illuminating the other side of the harbour at nightfall. The open-fronted entrance of the restaurant, with its stunning 180-degree sea view, allowed me to sit back and feel the gentle touch of autumn with a glass of wine in hand.


Pescatarians will be thrilled to see the eatery’s seafood-centric menu. We began our American seafood tasting journey with the lobster tail salad ($188). The succulent and sweet lobster meat, teamed with soft-boiled egg and butter lettuce and dressed with lemon-flavoured mayonnaise, is a refreshing cold starter that brightens up the taste buds.


I am known for my preference for hot starters, and the seafood croquettes ($108 for 4) did not disappoint. The creamy mashed potato with mozzarella and mixed seafood wrapped in a golden, crispy crust put a smile on my face.


I am a firm believer that tacos shouldn’t be served just on a Tuesday! The Baja Cali fish tacos ($48 each) are brimming with shredded red cabbage and coriander and drizzled with tomato salsa, jalapeño and chipotle sauce. I wasn’t so enthralled with the thick beer batter, which slightly overshadows the fresh and mildly sweet cod.


Then came the garlic prawns ($148), a Spanish-themed tapas dish that evoked a surge of excitement at our table. The tender, plump prawns are baptised in a moreish garlic-infused sauce accented by slightly spicy chorizo. We couldn’t resist mopping up the finger-licking delicious juices with the crusty bread.


An elaborate main course of duck and rice ($268 for 2), inspired by the West Coast, cheered us with its vivid colours and alluring aroma. The luscious duck leg is slow-cooked to falling-off-the-bone perfection alongside a gorgeous sunny-side-up egg, nested on a bed of flavour-packed coriander rice. The smoked duck breasts are good, but this tasty dish doesn’t need them in order to achieve flavourful abundance.


Moving on to a main course from the East Coast section of the menu, we pampered ourselves with the beer-battered fish and chips ($198). Once again, their thick and crunchy batter is not the style I crave. I found the pearly white, firm-fleshed New Zealand lingcod the perfect choice for this world-famous dish, and it made a good impression.


Verdict

Cull N’ Pistol is a great spot to relax with comforting food and take a break from the hurry-scurry city life. I shall return soon for one or two Atlantic lobster claws and allow myself to be intoxicated by the cinematic sea view.


Shop GA1–3, G/F, Site A, SoHo East, 55 Tai Hong Street, Lei King Wan, Sai Wan Ho, 2513 0199, info@cullnpistol.com.hk


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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Jericho Li

Jericho Li

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