My friend Mari loves to eat. I settled with italicizing the word to convey her true enjoyment of food, but I should probably bold, underline, caps, and have an announcer yell the word “LOVES!” in your face when you open this article. She reads blogs, prays to the Michelin guide, overseasons her Instagram, and dreams in duck confit. A typical conversation we have: “Mari, have you heard that Noma is clos–“ “yes and it’s heartbreaking but Redzepi is opening an urban farm in 17 so that’s good.” Well, ok then. Suffice it to say, it’s a mission to find somewhere to eat that’s cool, different, and impressive when Mari comes to town.
Enter NUR, a Lyndhurst terrace spot that creates food with this philosophy:
Okay, admittedly that wasn’t helpful at all. Allow me to explain in my words: NUR makes light, European-inspired dishes that are fresh, visually stunning and oh so nom. It’s whatever the European equivalent of an oasis is here in Hong Kong – airy, savoury, with flavours to impress the foodiest of foodies. We had the tasting menu that comprised about ten dishes. Here are the highlights:
Winter Appetisers at NUR
These consisted of cumin cultured cream, a carrot reduced to almost a liquorice, and vegetable foam. It was great. The carrot in particular was the platonic ideal of a carrot, something I haven’t seen much of outside Copenhagen. “What’s this?” “What’s this?” is an important rallying cry of foodies, along with tasting something and staring at everyone around and going “MMMMM”. Mari and I did both.
Goose Ham at NUR
I could spill a lot of ink discussing the thick, juicy, fatty meats. But look at the pictures (above) people! That’s why you open a food magazine, right?
Golden Egg at NUR
A key component or NUR is to take something simple and play with it – an “egg” with a base of a delicious oil that you could dip crunchy bits into. It looked good, tasted good and I felt good. I said, “this is good.” It was good.
Goose Hot Pot
Goose Hot Pot at NUR
I enjoyed the goose hot pot with daikon, radishes, on top of goose with a nice broth poured in. The knock with Chinese food is often its heaviness, so this lighter version provided a good balance of east and west, which I strongly believe in, as I’m half-Asian. Mari ate every bite.
Hamachi at NUR
The Hamachi was so good that I probably didn’t need the sauces. Lightly cooked, bite sized, could eat it with a spoon. I’m with the Japanese on this – just let flavourful fish do its thang. Beautiful presentation though.
Hen of the Woods
Hen of the Woods at NUR
The staff was particularly proud of the dish and I agreed. Maitake, goji, and mushroom broth gave this both a high-end dining feeling but with the warmth of something you might eat at grandma’s house. A standout.
Sea Bream at NUR
Not my fave. I found the bream a bit chewy. Check plus on the tomatoes though. I love tomatoes so I’d probably just drown my bream in tomatoes and call it a day.
Mari and I ate and marveled and chewed and laughed and drank far too much wine and enjoyed our dinner immensely. The service was good and things came on time and hot, which is important given how most people insta everything they eat these days. Besides the bream, my only other critique is that there are a lot of sauces. It can be a bit “saucy”, similar to how that Fat Duck is a bit “foamy” (shout-out to the real foodies who got that joke!) But if you want to take someone who loves food and introduce him or her to something familiar yet different, I’d hop to NUR for a tasting, loosen your belt, and have your best “I told you so” smirk ready for your foodie friend.
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