Monday, November 24, 2014

Dining Kitchen Vegi – Japanese Cuisine with an emphasis on Vegetables

  Dining Kitchen Vegi is opened by the same guys who run the All-You-Can-Eat Farm Dining Kitchen in TST,  which I previously thoroughly enjoyed eating there,  but I don’t eat much so haven’t been back lately.   The Causeway Bay outlet is slightly more upscale,  and before coming to here I kept having the misconception that they are very vegetarian based…     It turned out they actually do carry a lot of seafood or meat dishes too,  it’s just that they prefer to have a more balanced diet and that starts with more Japanese vegetables in the recipes. 



IMG_9323Chef’s Daily Special Menu -
Excuse the shaky iPhone photo




Sashimi 3 Types – $280
We chose Salmon,  Scallops and Tuna.  I was instantly attracted by the Tuna as it was like a Chu-Toro cut when it wasn’t described as so on the menu.   The Salmon was fresh enough but sliced a bit too thick.   The Scallops really impressed,  they were very plump and sweet and fresh.   ~ 9/10


Crab Meat Tempura,  Edamame,  Renkon Lotus Root in Ankake sauce – $98
For the price the portion was bigger than we thought and the combination of ingredients fun!  However this was wrapped in a Green Shiso which slightly over powered the other flavours a bit.  ~ 7.5/10



Kurobuta Pork,  Mushrooms,  Radish with Okoge Rice Puffs – $168
This is basically a Chinese “Chuka Ryori” dish to me,  and done very well here.   The rice puffs stayed crispy despite pouring in yet another starchy ankake sauce,  which was also present in the crab tempura dish above.   I also encounter this sauce more on Western side of Japan,  where it tries to emulate a Chinese dish..   The pork belly was well layered and tasty.   ~ 8/10



Seared Salmon Salad with Onsen Egg -
This was interesting with the thick cut and a crusted skin.   Surprisingly there isn’t much salad dressing so you mix in the egg to lubricate it a bit.   Personally I found the salmon slightly fishy after searing,  but I am really sensitive to semi-cooked salmon,  I prefer them totally raw or fully cooked myself.   ~ 7/10



Grilled Chicken with Caponata and Cheese -
This was an interesting combination and so Japanese-Western style food.  One also has to remember that I don’t always eat with fellow dedicated Foodies…  My friend just picked this coz she liked the cheese and chicken part,  just like the 2 salmon dishes we ate above,  and usually I won’t pick such recipes but I liked this homey style of food and eating with friends is fun,  it doesn’t preclude you to always eat with dumb ass Food Nazi’s who control you at every anal opportunity..   ~ 8/10




Mango Crepe Mille-Feuille Cake -
Didn’t take pics of the menu,  since it’s uncool when hanging out with a date?   And in fact the above are just iPhone photos,  what did you expected from me anyway??   I am not really a food blogger and never claimed to be one.  This is just my own website so I can post whenever and whatever at will.   But this mango crepe cake was interesting as it has a frozen layer in between.
  We loved it a lot but it’s probably better if you wait for it to defrost a bit !   ~ 8/10





Price:   $350 – $400 a person with Wine included
Food:   ♕♕♕♕ 1/2 to ♕♕♕♕♕  (I absolutely loved their concept and it’s so refreshing.)
Ease of ACCESS:  2/5

Address:  銅鑼灣駱克道487-489號駱克駅3F
3rd Floor,  487-489 Lockhart Road,  Causeway Bay,  Hong Kong
Ph:  2576 6161


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