When the Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel asked us when we are available to come try out TAPAS again and some of their new items, in actual fact we had little idea on what to expect before our arrival. As we serendipitously discovered on the spot, we saw most other customers’ tables lined up with Flights of Wine Glasses. It turned out that tonight is one of their regularly organized Wine Tasting nights. It’s 6 Tasting Portions of wines with 1 Mixed Tapas platter, at $228 per person. Very good value for money but if you want to come at their next available session, it is better to check out their website or facebook page!
2010 Ibisco Bianco, Zaccagnini, Abruzzo -
Not made from Pinot Bianco, in fact this was made from Riesling grapes and this was unmistakable on the nose. The 1st glass had a stronger petroleum flavour and was lighter bodied than the second bottle that was poured later, and had a much more yellowish and thicker appearance. The stark contrast in bottle variations had us a bit shocked. But it was all educational.
Patatas Bravas – $90
The potatoes were crispy! Not something taken for granted in Hong Kong, I have eaten really really terrible versions of this elsewhere and it happens in 90% of shops. Not the fluffy and crispy ones here, which was done right and came with a spicy tomato aioli sauce beneath. Encore. ~ 8/10
Snow Crab Leg Fritter with Yuzu Aioli – $130
A new item, this was so addictive and the batter was more Fish & Chips style. The dipping sauce was good but I think can do with some Yuzu zest or flavour? ~ 7/10
Iberico Pork Loin with Anchovies Relish, Cherry Tomatoes & Olives – $198
The Iberico pork was big in it’s portion, although 1 plate had more Iberico Pork taste than the other which was cooked too dry. If they can make this consistent enough, it will be a Permanent winner. ~ 6.9/10
Spanish Deli Platter – with 2 types of Jamon, Soft Cheese, Olives, Chorizo and Bread – $218
The more aged Jamon Iberico easily wins, although the other Jamon Serrano was also decent enough. The Chorizo slices were less spicy than is the norm to me? ~ 8/10
2010 Costera, Argiolas, Sardegna Italy -
Made from Cannonau, aka Grenache grapes, which are said to have originated from Sardinia. Ripe dark fruits and Bacon Fat is expected, but what lied in the background was a volcanic minerality.
Grilled Cacio Cavallo Cheese with Fig Jam and Honey – $120
This is from Italy and went well with the wines. I tried it with and without the honey, and surprisingly it worked better with the honey on top without being over-powered. It just made it more interesting with the savoriness and sweetness factor altogether. Sometimes, I do guess wrongly... ~ 8/10
2010 Barbera, Poderi Luigi Einaudi, Piemonte -
This was easily the wine of the night. It was treated well and finely caressed, almost hovering between both masculine and feminine styles. Quite dark plummy and spicy, it will suit most of the novice drinkers but personally this was rather elegant with notes of forest and gaminess. Could drink this all night.
Manchego Cheese & Iberico Ham Quesadilla with Figs – $130
This was my meal choice, and for some reason I expected more cheese and Iberico ham in-between. It was good as is but as a Quesadilla, I expected more of both cheese and ham portioning as a filler. ~ 7/10
Lamingtons – $65
3 different flavours of Lamingtons. Namely Mango, Raspberry & Chocolate, which are actually quite Australian in their spirit. These were done pretty spot-on, I liked the Chocolate one the best myself. The other fruit flavours can be more pronounced 7/10
Rice Pudding with Vanilla Cream – $65
This was done really well, the rice was cooked perfectly and creamy, with an abundance of Vanilla beans. The top was also caramelized to bring out an additional flavour. Can’t fault this at all, it was sweet yet addictive.. 7.5/10
Price: $228 + 10% (Meal was by Invitation by Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel)
Ease of Access: 4/5
Food: ♕♕♕♕ to ♕♕♕♕ 1/2
Address : 尖沙咀麼地道64號九龍香格里拉大酒店大堂
Lobby, Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Ph: 2733 8756