Monday, 28 January 2008

Pearl on the Peak

Shop102, Level 1, the Peak Tower
Visited 26th January 2008

To celebrate Australia Day we kept with our theme of Australian restaurant's in Hong Kong and visited Pearl on the Peak. This new take on Melbourne's highly awarded Pearl is situated on the second story of the Peak Tower; one of the most scenic locations in Hong Kong. Somehow we managed to get the coveted corner table, yet unfortunately cloud set in and all we could see through the giant floor to ceiling windows was an insipid white haze.

The menu has Asian and Middle-eastern influences as well as offering many Western favourites. Seeking advice I was persuaded to try the sweetcorn and crap soup. The beautifully presented soup and crap were severed separately and accompanied by a fried crab wonton; a delightful mix of luxurious flavours. For a main I continued in the vain of self indulgence and ordered up a chunk of aged rib eye. The excellent steak was full of flavour and accompanied by tasty bone marrow and red wine risotto. The mouthfuls I wrestled of my brother's pork chop and Naomi lamb were both just as superb. Desserts took self-indulgence to the next level and I enjoyed peanut semifreddo sandwiched between two crispy caramel wafers. Naomi didn't like the bitterness of her chocolate pudding, but my brother on the other hand talked up his chocolate and berry soufflé as one of the bests desserts he'd ever eaten (not bad praise from such a fat guy). To drink us boys shared a bottle of Punters Corner Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, a decent wine despite the poor vintage. Naomi in a sweet daze was more than satisfied with her favourite De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon by the glass.

Pearl on the Peak oozes class; the decor is tastefully stylish, the staff slick and the whole place has a polished and professional vibe. A visit is not a cheap venture, but for such high quality food, outstanding service and spectacular views I think it actually offers pretty good value. The mains started at $298 though the steak was $378, while desserts and entrees were all about $80. Our bill came to $2553 for the four of us with three courses, coffee and wine. Stinking of sophisticated style, Pearl on the Peak is absolutely superb and definitely one of the best restaurant experiences to be had in Hong Kong.
Visit the terrible Chinese language website of Max Concepts, Pearl's Hong Kong partner.

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