Friday, June 23, 2017

Alibi at Cordis Hotel [Hong Kong] - New British Chef James Oakley and 4 Course Menu at Only $428

  Recently Alibi Wine Dine be Social inside Mongkok Cordis Hotel,  part of the Langham Hotel Group,  welcomed new Chef de Cuisine James Oakley to create brand new dishes for the restaurant.  James has worked previously in some other notable restaurants in Hong Kong and also the UK such as Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Claridge Hotel, and Aqua Group Hong Kong,  and this time we were invited over to try out some New Dishes as the 1st batch of diners.  Personally I thought their Dinner Set Menu at HKD $428 for 4 Courses was super attractive,  plus Desserts are priced at only $98 each,  making here an ideal place for a drink and dessert any time as well.

I come here Occasionally for Drinks and Snacks with Friends -
It's location in Mongkok,  which is in the middle of Kowloon,  is very convenient as a meeting point,  and to me Cordis Hotel's Alibi is comfortable for chillaxing.  Now with the new Menu,  there is added incentive to come for Dinner altogether.

Cocktails Created in situ by Mixologist -
On top of the Menu items,  we can give our own preferences to the Cocktail Bartender and she will instant shake up a new recipe to suit our personal tastes..  I asked for a Whisky based Summery drink just to see her resulting drink creativity!

Seafood Platter for 1 Person -
This had 2 Oysters, Cherrystone Clam, Alaskan King Crab Leg.. 

Misty Forest -
Pickled Mushrooms, Goat's Cheese Mousse, Pine nut Purée, Edible Parsley Moss served with Brioche Toasts.  This was served with Dry Ice and followed up the coolness with great taste,  especially loving the morel and black trumpet mushrooms in this rendition.  A Signature appetizer here..

White Crab Meat with Seaweed Crisp & Coconut -
A refreshing dish that had some elements of Asia in it,  but without the typical South East Asian exotic chili and sour sauces.  I liked the cleanness of this..

Summer Burrata Cheese with Heirloom Tomatoes, Bread -
This was topped with a Bloody Mary Granita

Scotch Quail Eggs, with an Aioli Dip -
This came with the smaller quail eggs wrapped in pork, more bite size morsels.  On a birds nest made of Fried Leeks...

Open Lasagna with Mushrooms & Cheese -
This was gratinated on top and was quite cheesy.  I love melty cheese food so this would be a crowd pleaser indeed,  and we ate this more like pasta sheets

Saikyo Miso Black Cod,  with Clams, Ice Plants,  Avocado Puree & Crispy Quinoa -
This was interesting because the crispy quinoa reminded me of sand in the ocean,  topped with two seafood.  This margination was spot on for me because it's not overly sweet or overboard,  it doesn't look like it but it will give Nobu Matsuhisa a run for his money.  The Ice Plants here are not the usual lettuce leaf like types,  but a rarer European Carpobrotus Edulis specie..

Two Ways of Lamb with Anna Potatoes, Peas -
Both the Lamb types,  from a Iberico to a mountainous Pyrenees cuts were quite gamey surprisingly for a hotel restaurant.  Even it took me some seconds to get used to it!  This was really lovely,  and with the lamb jus it worked really well with the mille-feuille potatoes with burnt edges. 

US Sirloin with Soy Glazed Beef made from Leg & Shin, Fried Garlic, Thrice Cooked Potatoes The beef presented Two Ways was lovely and Chef Oakley smartly used some secondary cuts to make the centre of this dish,  which slow braises the cuts until tender.  In Hong Kong people are used to ordering Prime cuts instead of Butchers cuts,  but here you get both so it suits everyone.  Loved the crispy potato but wished there was more,  and I saw that others eating this dish after me got some fried Beef Tendons too!  Something I experienced more in the UK dining scene..

Maple Smoked Pigeon -
Served with a Spicy aioli sauce.  This was quite smokey and really medium rare tender inside.  One of the best pigeons I have had recently.  Will be back just for this dish,  and the dip we had to order some extra fries to eat with them!

Light Cocoa Cake, Mango, Cocoa and Sea Salt Sorbet with Mango Tuile Crisps -
A pretty dessert that was part of the $428 for 4 Courses Meal,  by itself this is just $98.  Desserts work on rotation daily,  so there's always some elements of surprise.

Baked White Chocolate & Miso deconstructed Cheesecake, Banana Puree & Caramel Sorbet  -
Quite a British banana dessert for me for some reason.  This Signature dessert is definitely for you if you like Caramel and Banana,  with Cheesecake!  Balanced by some dehydrated Raspberries for sourness.   Overall I was surprised at how affordable a 4 Course Dinner here is at only HKD $428, and it is definitely on the top of my list of to do's if I am in the area near Cordis Hotel.

Price: HKD $428 + 10%, Wine Pairing $180 for 2 Glasses  (Tasting Preview by Cordis Hotel)
Food: ♕♕♕♕ 1/2 to ♕♕♕♕♕

Address: 旺角上海街555號香港康得思酒店5樓
Level 5, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok
Phone: +852 35523028

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