yè shanghai - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

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yè shanghai - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Postby Cam » Thu May 26, 2011 7:37 pm

Lunch at this 1 Michelin star restaurant. It was full when we arrived towards the end of lunch but they found us a table after 10 minutes at the bar.

Cuisine: Shanghainese
Service: Efficient and impersonal
Food: For the most part very good;
Shanghainese Spring rolls - simple but executed well. Pastry was crispy and not oily. Vegetable filling had a nice crunch to it.
Sauteed minced chicken with pine nuts and sesame pastry pockets - A signature dish. Chicken had good flavor with lots of garlic and onion. The pockets were nice and flaky.
Camphor smoked duck - Duck was dry and tough. The weakest dish by far.
Shredded chicken, chilli oil - Excellent dish, well balanced, nice amount of heat/spice. This was the highlight dish.
Pork dumplings and black truffle - Truffle was not too obvious, just a hint. Pork filling had good flavour and the wrapper was good.
Cost: $500 HKD / $60 AUD for quite a bit of food for two people - includes service charge but not drinks.
Score: 13.5/20

Shredded chicken with pepper and chilli oil

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Sauteed minced chicken with pine nuts and sesame pastry pockets

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Pork dumplings and black truffle

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Shanghainese Spring rolls

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Camphor smoked duck

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Re: yè shanghai - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Postby Cam » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:21 pm

Noticed this got promoted to 2* in the latest Michelin. It was very good but I didn't really think it was at that level when I visited.
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Re: yè shanghai - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Postby nicholas » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:36 pm

Cam wrote:Noticed this got promoted to 2* in the latest Michelin. It was very good but I didn't really think it was at that level when I visited.


Who rates the asian restaurants? Some of the Japanese restaurants that rejected ratings based on the fact that foreigners don't understand the cuisine had a good point...
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Re: yè shanghai - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Postby Cam » Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:26 pm

nicholas wrote:
Cam wrote:Noticed this got promoted to 2* in the latest Michelin. It was very good but I didn't really think it was at that level when I visited.


Who rates the asian restaurants? Some of the Japanese restaurants that rejected ratings based on the fact that foreigners don't understand the cuisine had a good point...


It's a mix of europeans and locals but I'm not sure what the split is.
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Re: yè shanghai - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Postby mf » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:03 pm

Went here about six months ago (with my girlfriend who was born in Hong Kong and has lived there half her life) - would have said food quality was pretty to very good (maybe one hat in Aus terms - some very good and some average) while service was poor to average (partly because there were too many people with too little to do, which caused them to "steal" your plate halfway into a moutful and before others were finished).

Asian quisine is also the type of food where I take the least notice of Australian food critics as well.
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Re: yè shanghai - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Postby tekkyy » Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:00 pm

Service can be quite inconsistent in Hong Kong.
They are allowed to be because the locals don't care enough.

The thing is that foreign ratings looks at the whole package.
The locals care overwhelmingly about the food.

Planning to go to Hong Kong?
Get a friend there to start shipping you the latest food magazines several months ahead.
Go to the ones that are still busy when you get there.

And about service again...swallow your pride and eat like a peasant. :lol:
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