Wednesday, 20 June 2007

798 Unit & Co Bistro

1/F, 9 Hau Fook St, TST
Visited 19th June

Hidden above the steamy noodles joints in Hau Fook St, it's pretty easy to walk past 798 Unit & Co Bistro in total ignorance, but to do so would be a mistake. The night we first stumbled up the stairs to this classy joint I was surprised find a large, stylish restaurant, with cool tiled floors and views of the open kitchens. While the rest of Hong Kong was engaged with the dragon boats Naomi and I headed to TST for dinner at 798 Unit & Co Bistro.

The menu is an assortment of user friendly classics: salads, pasta, risotto, pizza, grills and magnificent desserts. First we shared a peperoni pizza. It was simple and tasty, with plenty of bubbly, gooey mozzarella and chunks of peperoni. The ultra thin crust was a little biscuity for me, but I could see how it would be perfect for many. Naomi ordered a duck breast that was severed perched atop a pile of baby spinach and accompanied by glistening raspberry coulis; good reports were received. After much humming and haring I selected the barramundi fillet which was roasted with lemons and cherry tomatoes. The fish was perfectly cooked with a crispy outer and tender soft flesh, though the wine in the sauce was a little obvious. Dessert beckoned and we shared a generous serve of hot chocolate brownies topped with banana/toffee ice-cream. The unorthodox brownies were baked in separate chocolate and nut layers; Naomi found this a little off putting, I didn't. What was uncontroversial was how good the ice-cream was.

To drink Naomi made the most of the reasonably priced cocktails - sipping on nicely chilled, pretty concoctions. After starting with an Asahi I tried several of the wines on offer by the glass. The highlight was a glass of superb, aged Bordeaux for only $38, a cracker of a deal. The drinks list was good and reasonably priced, though perhaps a little limited; there was no Riesling or Semillon and a choice of only three beers.

798 Unit & Co Bistro is a slick operation. The staff are friendly, efficient and extremely good at what they do: the water glasses on are table were filled up on arrival and never empty; the barman was more than happy to adjust one of Naomi's cocktails and the first time I visited we were even offered complementary desserts to apologise for having to wait for a table. 798 Unit & Co Bistro offers excellent value, many of the mains are under $100 and the drinks are very reasonable. Our bill came to about $600, but that included included a pizza, mains, a dessert, service and quite a few drinks. The food is a superb blend of quality and simplicity; nothing was over done or taken to fluffy extremes; instead we were served good food in an upfront and accessible manner. A highly recommend restaurant and I look forward to checking out its sister venue 798 Unit Gastro Pub in Causeway Bay

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Anonymous said...

Tried the takeway at the branch in causewaybay. Ultimate rip off. The serving sizes were a dismal appetize portions. The pizza was a the size of my palm for $115. We order for 4 people and it could only feed for 1. The prices was not cheap either. The food came cold considering I live in causewaybay. Worst experience for takeaway food and it has definitely made my mind up not dine at the place. I will definitely tell and email all my friends never to dine or get takeaway from this place. Big disppointment.

Andrew said...


Sorry you hear you had a disappointing experience. I've never had take-away from them before and have only been to the Causeway Bay branch once.

The pizzas are pretty average and I wouldn't order them again, but for most of the menu the serves are decent (the pork chop is huge) and I still think 798 Unit & Co offers pretty good value - most of the pastas dishes are under $100, the mains are reasonable, the excellent desserts are huge and beers are only $36.