For March’s date night, Kevin and I took the advice of a fellow Hong Kong enthusiast, JJ of The Wanderlister. It was recently JJ’s birthday, and he celebrated with a week’s worth of dining. In his first write-up of three nights out, JJ wrote about the ABC Kitchen in Hong Kong (not to be confused by the one in New York City!). My interest was peeked. I tweeted (the restaurant in NYC) for a reservation and luckily followed up with an email. Within an hour of the email, ABC Kitchen had called me back, and my table for two was booked. Because a Kremb de la Kremb Date Night involves a drink beforehand, I also asked JJ for a recommendation in this department also. We were advised to try out Heirloom Eatery & More.
I really enjoyed the ambience at Heirloom. We sat at a small little table for two right on the sidewalk. It was a very charming spot for a glass of wine and beer before we headed to dinner.
Dinner at the ABC Kitchen is a real treat. First of all, you are in a Hong Kong cooked food market, so be prepared for a more chaotic atmosphere–stalls around the periphery with tables packed in the middle. You could tell which tables belonged to ABC Kitchen because of the red and white checks. The service was spot on; we felt very well attended despite the very casual atmosphere.
The menu was nice and simple making our choices easy. The salad upon entering looked divine, and it came as a very large serving, so it was easy to split. The suckling pig was recommended, so we went for it, and both of us were drawn to the beet root risotto. While the pig wasn’t our favorite, we could see why it would be for others. The risotto was to die for! It melted in our mouths–and well the color…it would make a perfect shade of lipstick! We finished with their signature pavlova–something neither of us had ever had. Oh, was it good! All the textures and flavors just bursted in our mouths.I envision a return trip back to the ABC Kitchen; it’d be a great place to go with a big group, and for sure we’d like to take the kids. Do try out the ABC Kitchen in the Queens Road West Cooked Food Market! Here’s the number: 5114-9760.