Friday, January 24, 2014

Dinner at ABC Kitchen in Sheung Wan

I went to ABC Kitchen, a Western (Italian) restaurant in the Queens Street food market in Sheung Wan the other day, for a dinner date with a girl friend.

What is a cooked food market?  Well, it's not really a wet market, but it's similar.  It is more like a standalone food court, except set in a fluorescent-lit hall.  Sometimes (often) it is on top of or next to a wet market.  There is usually a preponderance of tile.
The escalators leading up to the cooked food market
It's not a cooked food market without ugly tile flooring, small rickety stools and fluorescent lighting!

 At least our tables had a tablecloth.  That was a nice and unprecedented touch.

My friend ordered a green salad tossed in balsamic vinaigrette and mussels in a cream sauce.
The mussels were plump and fresh.  As far as I could tell, there were no mussels that did not open, which is a very good sign.
 I had the ossobucco with cheese polenta and french beans.  The meat was very tender and the green beans were cooked just right.  The texture of the polenta was a little chunkier than I would have liked.  I tend to like a creamier polenta that errs more on the side of a puree.  I guess this one was chunkier because they had put cheese in it.
We ended up with a chocolate souffle to share.  It was very pretty and had admirable height and fluffiness - probably at least an inch and a half up off of the rim of the ramekin.  We promptly sank our spoons into it and deflated the dessert.  It was tasty and not too sweet, but I think it would have been nice if it had been a little more dense.  The chocolate flavor was not as strong as I would have liked.

 ABC Kitchen is a cute spot and the prices are pretty sweet.  Our dinner came out to less than HK$400 for the two of us.  The wait staff speak English.  I think it's a quirky spot worth checking out : a fun fusion of pretty good Western cuisine in a quintessentially local Hong Kong setting.

ABC Kitchen: Western Dai Pai Dong
Shop 7, Food Market
1 Queens St.
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852 9278 8227

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