By Ashley Lee
Hong Kong has always been known as the city where the East meets the West and the integration is very much evident in its exotic cuisines offered at almost every corner. In the past few years, Hong Kong dining culture has become more of a competitive sport as new restaurants seek to create unique dishes and attractions. Hong Kong-ers, who always have a passion for eating, do not hesitate to jump aboard on the next food trend.
When Stephanie returned to 852, I thought the best way to welcome her back was to introduce her to one of the new, hip restaurants. After a little bit of research (mostly on Sassy HK), I recommended the popular dim sum place called Social Place. Hong Kong is home to yum cha fans so to create traditional Chinese dim sum with a modern twist is very ambitious. I am very glad to say our experience at Social Place definitely lives up to its expectation.
The proportions are not crafted to fill up our bellies but the presentations and flavors have won me over. Throughout the night, our group of 6 hungry people devoured dishes such as pork dumplings, drunken chicken, Dan Dan noodles, and Dragon Beard kale without hesitation. One dish that really caught our eyes was the Truffle Shiitake Buns – the restaurant’s signature food. The buns are made to look like a huge mushroom itself with the actual mushroom and truffle hidden within. It was a lovely surprise on both the eyes and my taste buds.
On top of its delicious food, the beautiful interior is designed to compliment the refreshing atmosphere and our satisfied taste buds. You can get a sense of the restaurant’s eccentric character from the dishes given to its diners, which are painted with small ants that will surely make you panic at first! On the whole, our group had a lovely time catching up at a restaurant that is outside of our comfort zones but very memorable.
Social Place 唐宮小聚
Address: 2/F, The L. Place, No. 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30-15:00 and 18:00-22:00
Phone: 3568 9666
Price: $150+

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