Jimmy’s Kitchen Central, Basement, South China Building, 1-3 Wyndham St., Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Nearest Train:Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening Hours:daily 8-11pm, 2-8am
This age-old establishment has been serving an eclectic selection of western-ish treats and Asian delights for 90-plus years now. Stepping into the Central flagship, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time—dated photographs of old Hong Kong cover the red-brown walls; the ceilings are low, the carpets are thick and the lights are dim. Starched white tablecloths pair with plush brown seats; it’s old-school of the best variety.
On the menu, schnitzels and goulash are featured harmoniously alongside fish and chips and Indian curries. Our onion beef fried rice came coated in a thick, red layer of gravy. It tasted more Eastern European than Asian, although we found out that the secret ingredients were Worcester sauce and tomato paste, and not something more exotic like paprika. Our baby back ribs were more familiar-tasting; they came drenched in BBQ sauce, which was a good thing because the meat itself, while tender and moist, lacked a distinct flavor on its own. The fries on the side were delightfully crisp and well-seasoned. The borscht soup that we started with would be what you expect from soy sauce western diners: full of tomato-y goodness and not a beet in sight. We also really enjoyed our celeriac and apple salad, topped with a mayo-based dressing, walnuts and chewy raisins.
For dessert, we went for the signature deep-fried vanilla ice-cream flamed with Grand Marnier. OK, so the breaded batter surrounding the ice cream was a bit burnt, and the whole thing was more doughy than ice creamy—but you know what? It’s Jimmy’s. How can we hold a grudge? We’ll be back, for old times’ sake.