Restaurant Week: Round Two!
This time, we had a weekday lunch at La Parole. The bread was rather chunky and required quite a bit of force to tear apart, while the amuse-bouche was a nice touch.
Fried Calamari with Crispy Zucchini. While this isn’t what I would associate with French cuisine, it was done very well. Nicely crispy without being overly greasy.
Crabmeat Mango Salsa. Two of my favourite foods (mango and avocado) + one of Edwin’s favourite (crab) = a sure win.
Mushroom and Black Truffle Soup. I enjoyed this very much.
Fish soup. They were nice enough to let us try two different soups (the menu stated only one type of soup) since Edwin has a mushroom allergy.
Pan-fried Salmon with Spinach, Hot Vinaigrette Sauce. I love cooked spinach. It’s one of the few leafy greens that I really enjoy. The salmon wasn’t bad either, but where was the crispy skin? It just seemed a little incomplete.
Pan-fried Prime Angus Ribeye Beef with New Potato and Green Salad. Oh gosh this thing was MASSIVE. The potato looked positively puny next to it. Overall, it tasted fine, but it could have done with more searing on the outside, as it was a bit too soft and there wasn’t much contrast in the textures.
Fresh Mango Cream Cake and Lychee Delight. The cake was on the dry side, but combined with everything else in the same mouthful, it was alright. While Edwin didn’t care for the lychee dessert at all, I really liked it. I suppose as with all dining experiences, it really just boils down to individual taste.
As with La Locanda, the starters and desserts fared better than the main course. Something worth pointing out is that the service at La Parole is one of the best that I’ve encountered anywhere. They’ve done a superb job at training all their servers, that’s for sure. In fact, I’ve been so impressed that I would want to head back there in the future to try their usual menu.
Now, I hate to say it, but Restaurant Week’s been really underwhelming for us so far. Nothing’s been horrible, but there haven’t been any “wow” moments either. We’ll be headed for Round Three tomorrow, so fingers crossed!
3/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2436 4099