Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hong Kong - Bloom

Grilled bone marrow

Collard greens with applewood bacon & garlic

Beetroot salad - preserved kumquat

Grilled steak

Carrot-miso grilled black cod with sweet potato tempura

Valrhona chocolate souffle cake

Restaurant Name : Bloom
Location : 5/F Hotel LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

Rating : 4 Marylicious Stars
Price Range : Around HK $800 / person (3-course dinner with wine)

Summary : The overall dining experience was very pleasant at Bloom, starting from the attentive and pleasant service, the flavourful dishes, and the cool and stylish ambience.  While the bone marrow starter and the collar green side dish lacked a bit of "wow factor", all the other dishes were worthy of praises, especially the black cod dish, which was intense in flavour and cooked to perfection.

When Elvin contacted me earlier this week to let me know that he will be in Hong Kong for a short lay-over and would love to catch up over dinner, I started searching for a suitable venue, knowing that his favorite restaurant in Hong Kong is Robuchon.... so, yeah, no pressure at all to find a place that would be up to par... ^_*

In order to make sure I find the most suitable place, I turned to Annalala for some suggestions, as she is my trusty foodie buddy!  One of the places that Annalala recommended was Seasons by Olivier E, since the chef used to work at Robuchon...  Unfortunately, Seasons was fully booked on Saturday night... boo!!!

So, after hours of brainstorming and web searching, I finally decided on Bloom, since I've been there once before and remembered the experience was on the positive side.

And, fortunately, both Elvin and I were not disappointed!

Elvin even made the comment that the steak he ordered might even be better than the steaks he grill himself, and he thinks his steaks are pretty good ^_*

The beetroot salad was tangy and sweet, and I was pleasantly surprised at the presentation, since I expected the beetroot to be the normal dark purplish red color, but the lighter color beetroot (which turned out to be preserved kumquat) was delicious with just enough tang.  Yum!

The grilled cod was the highlight for sure!  The fish was juicy and the glaze on the fish was slightly sweet and savoury at the same time and with just the right amount of flavour. ^_^  Even the sweet potato tempura was perfectly done, where the batter was not too thick and the taste was not oily.

Even though I wanted (or more importantly, needed) to cut down on my sugar in take, I couldn't resist the temptation of the chocolate souffle cake...  And, I was glad that we ordered the cake to share!!!  It was definitely the perfect ending to an already delicious dinner ^_^

Apart from the yummy dinner, it is always great catching up with Elvin and share a few laughs ^_^ 

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