Hutong Restaurant Hong Kong
Hutong has a stunning panoramic view of the Victoria Harbor and from the decor to the utensils to the uniforms, everything resembles ancient China, not in a tacky way, in fact, it is a beautifully designed restaurant. Strange as it may sound, the ambiance made me feel as if I was in a trendy Chinese restaurant in the Meatpacking district of New York City with dance music playing in the background. Anyways, regardless of how Chinese the decor is, this is definitely not what a local restaurant would feel like. When I looked around, I was surrounded by expatriates and tourists.
The food at Hutong is fusion Chinese with “semi-extravagant” presentations. We started with a cold dish of sliced pork in Sichuanese garlic sauce, the sauce was sweet and spicy yet strangely bland and the meat was dry, the combination was disappointing. Then we had the lotus leaf beef which was not bad just a tiny bit dry. The best dish though was the lamb with the crispy skin, very fatty, juicy and flavorful, it was the lifesaver of the night!
Overall this is not what authentic Chinese food would taste like, but that does not necessarily mean it is not tasty. I think other than the first cold pork dish we ordered, everything else was above average, and the stunning view definitely made the experience much more enjoyable. I will not come back here with my local Hong Kong friends, but I will be back with my friends from overseas. Make sure to book your table that is right in front of the window overlooking the Victoria Harbor side, you do not want to be stuck sitting in the middle of the restaurant, otherwise you can’t enjoy the full experience and in that case, it will be way overpriced.
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