Kowloon Tang, Roof Deck, Shop R002-003, Elements, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Opening Hours:daily 8pm-3am
Reviewed In:March, 2012
Sister restaurant of the David Tang-designed Island Tang, Kowloon Tang is a posh Chinese fine-dine with the dishes to back it up. The restaurant has a bit of a personality disorder, it’s true—the signboard with the cutesy bubble letters depicting its name is very misleading. But once you walk in, it’s a whole different universe: ceiling fans, dark carpets, leather and white tablecloths transport you back to an era of Old World opulence.
The menu emphasizes meat-heavy and strongly flavored Dongguan-style dishes, but for some reason also offers traditional Peking duck roasted by a chef straight from Beijing. Prices hover between the low hundreds to $598 for the duck—but you can get into the thousands with the market price seafood. We fully relished our mains of savory garlic prawns with vermicelli, stewed pork belly with preserved vegetables wrapped in feather-light crispy rice paper, KT’s signature crispy chicken, and seasonal mustard greens with beancurd sheets and shallots. And while the two-course Peking duck didn’t exactly steal the show—given the excellent quality of the other dishes—it stood out with its golden, dissolvable skin and its second course of tasty pink meat wrapped up in the tiniest lettuce leaves (which the resto was also quite stingy with—we had to ask for a re-stock).
We recommend saving room for the western-style desserts: the dainty soufflé and chocolate cake with sorbet are unorthodox, but hey, it’s a bang-on end.