If you have been to its sister bistro Black Salt at Sai Ying Pun, you will have a certain expectation of what you will experience over here. The restaurant concept is a little bit different compared to Black Salt, as their main focus over here is being a taproom and kebab specialists. Inspired by the history of sub-continental dish, they bring back kebab cooked with authentic spices and techniques like it was served for royalty in the past. The restaurant is slightly bigger than Black Salt, however i highly recommend making a reservation especially on the weekend as the restaurant policy allows for two time-slots (6.30-8.30PM and 9-11PM). During our visit to the restaurant on Friday, it was full-house, so definitely wouldn't have a chance for walk-ins.
The dishes are overall more well executed than Black Salt in my opinion. The presentation and the taste are bolder and "riskier". Various twist of flavors are introduced to give that "fresh" feeling to the dish. I was recommended the "Flowering Cauliflower Hot Wings" without having read the description on the menu, so I had no expectation when tasting it. As a big fan of buffalo wings, I love the fact that the cauliflower tastes like it, complete with blue cheese achar, vegan ranch and Japanese cucumber. The cauliflower is crispy with a massive kick of sourness, it tastes really good and deserves a highlight. A perfect snack to be paired with the beer !!!
The other dish which looks gorgeous and colorful is the guacamole, topped with crispy papadum and beetroot chips. The beetroot chips tastes very unique and it imparts a very strong flavor on my palate with bitter aftertaste. You may or may not like this flavor. The Chef explained to us that they put one spice which gives a surprising flavor. It remains a gorgeous and well executed dish with a proper attention to details.
The main star of the night was chicken and pork kebab with choices of naan or vegetables as a side dish. The chicken is stuffed with organic egg covered with mousse made from some other part of the chicken blended with some secret spices.The pork is marinated and served with some sauces topped with capocollo ham, some vegetable and bits of chorizo. The portion was very satisfying and maybe a bit too much for 3 ladies :D
The floor staffs were very friendly and attentive considering the place was super busy during our visit. The only complain is the air conditioner because it was a bit too hot especially with so many people. Overall, they are doing a very good job just on the soft opening ! I will definitely come back to try other dishes.
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