Restaurant Week Part Two: La Parole

Restaurant Week: Round Two!

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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.

STARTER

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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.

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Crabmeat Mango Salsa. Two of my favourite foods (mango and avocado) + one of Edwin’s favourite (crab) = a sure win.

SOUP

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Mushroom and Black Truffle Soup. I enjoyed this very much.

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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.

MAIN COURSE

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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.

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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.

DESSERT

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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.

VERDICT

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!

La Parole
3/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2436 4099

http://www.laparole.com.hk/

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Restaurant Week Part One: La Locanda

It doesn’t take a genius or a clairvoyant to know that I LOVE FOOD. So when news of Restaurant Week came about, I immediately snapped into action and made not one, but three bookings! *happy dance*

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We started off with dinner at La Locanda last Sunday. We arrived on the dot and were seated promptly. The ambiance and decor were lovely, and listening to the staff converse in Italian, one could pretend that we were on holiday somewhere in Italy, even if that fantasy only lasted the duration of a meal!

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Complimentary cheese sticks and bread basket, served warm. A promising start!

ANTIPASTI

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Crema di Pomodoro, Mozzarella e Basilico // Tomato Soup, Mozzarella and Basil. I didn’t think much of humble ol’ tomato soup at first, but boy, this one took me by surprise! The consistency was thicker than expected (not a bad thing, just an observation), and what I thought was cream in the middle was actually the mozzarella, which could be stirred into the soup. Cheesy and satisfying.

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Carpaccio di Manzo, Crema di Melazane, Caprino e Ravanelli // Beef Carpaccio, Caprino cheese, Eggplant cream and Tomato Confit. This was my very first experience with beef carpaccio, and I’m glad I went ahead and tried it. With all the accompanying flavours and textures (there are some salad leaves hidden beneath the raw meat), it made for an interesting starter!

SECONDI

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Pollo alla Cacciatora // Grilled Chicken, Tomatoes, Olives and Mushrooms. First of all, it was generously portioned – a lot bigger than I expected, and I ended up giving half my main course to Edwin, which was just as well (you’ll see why later). Taste-wise, the chicken was well-cooked, but I didn’t really care for the vegetables below, as the olives were overpowering.

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Spaghetti Aglio Olio, Pepperoncino e Vongole // Spaghetti, Garlic, Oil, Chilli and Clams. Well, in contrast to the chicken, this just seemed paltry. Edwin was complaining that the few clams that actually made it onto the plate were full of sand.

DOLCI

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Gelato & Sorbetto // Daily Homemade Ice-cream and Sorbet. Can’t go wrong with a classic pairing of pear and chocolate!

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Tiramisu // Soft Mascarpone Cream, Espresso Coffee and Chocolate. While it didn’t have the boozy kick I was hoping for, the rich coffee and chocolate flavours made up for it. I really hate it when tiramisu is really dry or overly creamy, but thankfully this wasn’t one of those times.

VERDICT

Pasta dish aside, our meal at La Locanda was fairly pleasant. However, should we be craving for Italian cuisine in the future, we’d probably just head to the pizzeria near our place, where the spaghetti comes loaded with clams and they make a boozy tiramisu to boot.

In any case, the point of Restaurant Week was to try out new restaurants, so no regrets. Two down (check out my next post coming real soon), one to go!

La Locanda
Shop 402, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2785 9600

P.S. I know I’m sharing this a little late, but Restaurant Week is still ongoing, and believe it or not, there are still vacancies, so click here if you love dining as much as I do!