The High Street Grill
Sai Ying Pun is rapidly becoming one of Hong Kong‘s hot spots for foodies living around the Central district with restaurants and bistros miraculously appearing by the week. On a normal day, I completely do not take full advantage of living in SYP, however, a few weeks ago, I decided to be adventurous, trading in my usual salad box from Life, for dinner at The High Street Grill. The restaurant is fairly new and the cuisine is a mixture of Western/Australian with a medium price range. THSG is run by Castelo Concepts (Jaspa’s, Oohlaa etc.) and most mains are priced around the moderate $150 mark.
First impressions were that the restaurant looked rustic and modern with dark wooden and leather furniture. Overall, it had a very NYC vibe to it with the slate toned interior and brick walls, yet it also reminded me of a restaurant you could easily find in Florence… tiled floor, large, communal space, high ceilings. etc.
The interior was not as welcoming as it had originally appeared from the outside, and I am not the biggest fan of enormous eating areas – intimacy, low ceilings and fewer customers are always more favorable in my eyes.
In despite of the restaurant being extremely busy, (even on a Wednesday night in an up-and-coming area), the service was speedy and staff were friendly. One piece of advice is to make sure you pre-book in order to save being squashed in a corner by the bar – it wasn’t the best seat and waitresses were brushing past or edging around the table frequently..
Ordering a Cob Salad was an good decision. Salads are my one love. The bigger the better.
This. Was, Huge.
The chicken was warm and tender with a perfect ratio to the other ingredients which included eggs, Parma ham, avocados and croutons. Personally, I would have preferred Romaine or Iceberg lettuce as opposed to the Italian mix (too bitter and spiky), but other than that, I could not find a fault.
Cassi, a foodie friend of mine who I was dining with, ordered bruschetta to start with, followed by chicken fajitas. Again, both the starter and main were huge and she could not finish either dish. We did come to loggerheads over her choices. Having sampled both, I thought the mozzarella was a lovely combination with the tomatoes, yet Cassi complained about the bread being stale, resulting in a refusal to consume it at all. While I thought the fajitas were presented in a fresh and innovative form, Cassi on the other hand, was not impressed. Putting this down to her higher than average cooking capabilities, I gave her the benefit of the doubt.
. The High Street Grill is definitely somewhere I would visit again, although maybe for lunch rather than dinner. It looks as if it would be nicer to sit outside on a pleasant day or at a larger table inside. The portion sizes also seem a lot more manageable for lunchtime!
Worried about the calories? Don’t fret, there’s always the High Street hill to conquer post-meal. H
High St Grill
G/F Hang Sing Mansion
48-78 High Street
Sai Ying Pun