We don't mean to spoil the surprise, but Fish & Meat bring some pretty fine pan-euro style seafood and meat dishes to the more refined of taste in the upper realms of Lan Kwai Fong. The restaurant opened in November of 2013 and has since been a favourite with the carnivores, especially in the wake of the newfound paleo trends that sweep gym-centric cities like HK.
Considering this new style of eating is on the tip of many tongues, the fact that the delicious, health-conscious (all their supplies are of the highest quality possible even if that means much of it is imported from distant lands like France and Australia) and urbane can meet in confluence at noon on a weekday is good news.
Start with a homemade Sicilian lemonade with blueberry jam & thyme, which we found a pleasant lunch time beverage being non-alcoholic and not too sweet as many overcompensatory mocktails can be. Jump over to a whole fresh burrata with grilled peaches, basil vinaigrette and vine tomatoes that is so creamy it imitates cream more than cheese, or our personal favourite, the Devon crab salad, replete with everyone's favourite 'it' food, quinoa (pictured below).
Move on to larger plates, and the pan fried Barramundi immediately catches the eye, as do the hand-ground veal and pork meatballs with pesto marinated tomatoes, mozzarella, and arugula. If you are feeling a tad carby, head towards the slow cooked Spanish Teruel pork belly porchetta ciabatta, as it is stuffed with pork & fennel sausage stuffing and topped gremolata, resulting in a flavour bombs that taste as good as they sound. There are only a limited amount released daily however, so if this of appeal, we suggest an earlier table.
Given the near pious conduct exhibited in the preceding courses, a little indulgence at dessert is warranted, and the desserts here are perhaps the show stoppers. With pastry chefs that are ex-Caprice this is little wonder. Our votes go to the whipped mascarpone “cheesecake” with raspberry sorbet and a shortbread crumble. This is like deconstructed cheesecake 2.0 whereby the cheese is so fluffy that closest reference point we have is cloud. Not a cloud, just cloud. Go one step further down the path of degeneracy and wait with bated breath for the dark chocolate fondant with salted caramel and homemade Tahitian vanilla ice cream. A perfect fondant, accompanied by a cream that is again floating in-between the realms of cream, ice-cream, mousse, and god. Full marks for dessert Fish & Meat.
Lunch at Fish & Meat will set one back around $400, which is not a casual lunch by any means, but it will be a memorable one. Come back at dinner time for uni-mami hit with the sea urchin bruschetta topped with lardo di colonnata or sea urchin laced fresh squid ink linguine with salmon roe and roasted garlic and chilli. Roasted bone marrow with garlic, parsley, and lemon served alongside warm crostini is a dish you will smell before seeing, and utilises the oft-overlooked cut in all of the best ways.
32 Wyndham Street / 2565 6788 / open everyday 12 midday to 11pm