Saturday, 30 June 2007

Dream Maker

45 Yau San Street, Yuen Long
Visited 29th June

One of our favourite local restaurants is Dream Maker. This Japanese joint is identifiable by the big Daruma Doll out the front and is part of a group, which has another five restaurants scattered around Hong Kong. After a few cold beers at the New York Cafe, Naomi and I headed to Dream Maker for dinner Friday night.

We normally order a selection of nibbly bits and this time chose salmon, octopus and beancurd sushi, grilled chicken, miso soup, baked gyoza dumplings smothered in cheese and a chicken okonomiyaki or 'Japanese pizza'. I thought the salmon and octopus were good, while Naomi was full of praise for the beancurd sushi. The chicken tasted like it had actually been char-grilled, the gyoza were superbly cheesy and the okonomiyaki was just like we had in Japan, really very tasty. The menu also offers more traditional Japanese udon, soda and rice bowls, but on a Friday after a few drinks I was pretty satisfied with our selection of snacks. To drink alongside the obligatory cups of tea there is a small selection of sake - something I've never got into - and cans of cold Japanese beer. Though it's probably a bit too much to ask, it would be great to see an option BYO a bottle of wine.

The Dream Maker experience is about being pretty; fair enough that the food is creatively presented with lavish garnishes, but the staff also seem more committed to how they look, rather than how they serve. Several times in the past parts of our orders have been forgotten. To enter Dream Maker is to enter the world of big hair; the waiters have embraced a fashion battle that includes every combination of mullet, perm, fringe, crimp, dye and tease imaginable. Perhaps a strange generalisation, but at Dream Maker the bigger the hair style, the worse the service; so look for the one guy with short-back-and-sides. Dream Maker, despite its little quirks (which probably just makes it more "Japanese"), offers fairly priced, well presented, tasty food and I reckon it's worth a visit.

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