HK Magazine - - DINING -

Korean Fu­sion. B/F, 41 Staunton St., Cen­tral, 2608-1788,

Housed in a bright blue ship­ping con­tainer, west coast-Korean fu­sion gas­tropub VCNCY is prob­a­bly the coolest land­mark on Peel Street since open­ing mid-2015, but seems to be see­ing qui­eter nights th­ese days.

HIT Cock­tails tried here on mul­ti­ple vis­its were con­sis­tently great. The Chili Bitch ($90), is an ad­dic­tive rum-based drink with a touch of bird’s eye chili, while The Two-Thymer ($90), is a sub­tle thyme-in­fused twist on a vodka soda. The stone pot rice ($168) was a tasty bibim­bap heavy on fresh mush­rooms, with a large piece of bone mar­row for beefy fla­vor.

MISS The VCNCY Potato ($88) takes Seoul’s spi­ral potato street snack and serves it up­right along with your choice of dips: We chose black gar­lic and truf­fle, which were both tasty, but the chips were tough and hard to break off. VCNCY’s ($75 half por­tion) ver­sion of fried chicken was noth­ing spe­cial: bite-size pieces served with an av­er­age gochu­jang sauce. But what re­ally ticked us off were the pork belly wraps ($90 half por­tion)—six chunks of Can­tonese-style roasted pork with let­tuce wraps. We could have just bought a box of siu yuk and done it at home.

BOT­TOM LINE Stick to just cock­tails here un­til VCNCY fixes its iden­tity cri­sis. Open Tue-Wed 5pm-mid­night; Thu-Sat 5pm-1am; Sun 2-10pm. $$$

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