We recently dined at Blue Butcher on Hollywood Road and were very much impressed with our experience here, finding the restaurant to offer a creative food and drink menu, nice ambience and the kind of vibe reminiscent of NYC and West Coast restaurants.
We read about Blue Butcher's Tatler award for best cocktails so we thought we'd check them out. We went for a midweek seating, being unable to secure weekend reservations. The restaurant was quite busy when we arrived.
We started with 2 drink recommendations from waitstaff - the Apple Pie Moonshine (HK$140) that was a unique concoction served in a paper bag, in the spirit of the US prohibition period in the 1920s. This was a very "friendly" drink (though we were warned it had 3 kinds of rum) - a bit on the sweet side with a stick of cinnamon as stirrer, we would say it smells and drinks of the holidays (reminds us of Christmas somehow). We also tried the Basil Smash, which we both thought was a smashing good cocktail, one that mojito and mint-based drink fans will very much enjoy. This was also nicely made, quite refreshing and went down very smoothly. Both were great cocktails, well worth repeat orders (rating 5 of 5).
For our meal, we opted for the Pigs Head Terrine (HK$115) which was of a tasty compacted goodness, nice shredded meat texture and very much enjoyed (rating 5 of 5). We also tried the Compressed Organic Tomato with Burrata Cheese (HK$190) that came out as three skinned tomatoes with varying balsalmic taste. We have not had burrata cheese before and we thought this was a much better version of tomatoes and buffalo mozzarela. It was also a very good starter (4.5 out of 5), however since we cannot help but compare the starters we ordered, this dish was overshadowed by the Pigs Head Terrine in our opinion.
For our main, we shared a 1/2 order of the Charred French Chicken, served with baby carrots and caramelized pearl onions (HK$230). The chicken was wonderfully prepared and the meat was tender and succulent, going well with the veggies. We might have preferred this with oven roasted potatoes or some rice simply to absorb the sauce. While we enjoyed this dish, it was on the sweet side; we just prefer our chicken spicy. Still a very good try (rating 4 of 5)!
Finally for dessert we opted for their Apple Crumble served with port-flavored ice cream (HK$90). We loved the apple crumble part but were not big fans of the port ice cream, wishing for a cinnamon flavored one instead (rating 4.25 of 5).
We were also impressed with the waiter who served us at Blue Butcher; he knew the dishes well and easily explained everything we asked about on the menu, a rarity in Hong Kong restaurants.
Overall, this was a great first meal at Blue Butcher, one easily worthy of recommendation. We were very happy with our meal here and hope Blue Butcher can continue to provide the quality dining we experienced recently. We are definitely keen to try more of their dishes soon.
Tip: You might want to reserve a week or two in advance if you decide to try Blue Butcher, especially during weekend.
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