Asian Twist, 2/F, Shop 2017, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View St., Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Nearest Train:Hong Kong
Opening Hours:daily 4pm-6am
Reviewed In:March, 2011
This venue is suspiciously similar in appearance and offerings to Toast Box in Causeway Bay—and no surprise there, considering they’re both run by the BreadTalk Group—but what bugs us most is the blatant discrepancy in pricing between the two. While you can get a bowl of laksa noodles or mee siam for about $30 at Toast Box, the price is easily double at Asian Twist, and for no reason other than the fact that it’s located at IFC Mall... but the food tastes pretty much exactly the same. We go for a lunch set of mee siam alongside a cold iced lemon tea and a piece of pandan cake. The mee siam is satisfying; the sauce is a fierce orange-red zest-fest and is neither too thick nor too watery. The prawns are rather small and bland, as are the other garnishes, but the tasty noodles make up for them. The pandan cake that follows, however, is dry and uninspiring, with a disappointingly mellow taste and a lackluster green body. All in all, we just feel like we were paying far more for the exact same thing we could get elsewhere cheaper. At least they could have tried harder with the disguise! We’ll happily go back to Toast Box, but there’s no reason to pay more for a meal at Asian Twist.