Cellar Door Wine & Tapas Bar
Wine Bar. G/F, 16 Woo Hop St., Shek Tong Tsui, 2776-6599. There’s something about the new vibe around HKU that’s markedly Brooklyn—for better or worse. Would we fit in with the girl standing outside in harem pants, or the guy smoking his second clove? But, boy, it didn’t matter— because Cellar Door gets it right.
HIT We arrived to the restaurant on a Friday night at 10pm, and an amazing live jazz band set the atmosphere right away. We started with a customer favorite—the Malaysian bourguignon ($70), cooked down with lemongrass and red wine. The flavors were bold and complex and the beef brisket was melt-in-your-mouth tender. Second came the wagyu rump ($100), an Australian cut served with leeks and crunchy garlic. It was wonderfully prepared, and not a touch overcooked. Our server clued us in on the “Salmon Special” ($150), a light and flaky cut of fish—not overtly spiced—served on a bed of tomatoes with caramelized onions. We also ordered the grilled prawns ($60), which were seasoned well and piled on a bed of polenta.
MISS We have no complaints. All the tapas we tried were fresh and filling, and reasonably priced to boot.
BOTTOM LINE For a lively meal with no unwanted surprises and a wide variety of tasty tapas to share, head to Cellar Door. Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight. $$ This yakitori joint serves up a killer menu of small plates and meat skewers for snacking on over sake or Asahi.
HIT We went with some of the chefrecommended dishes: the karaage fried chicken ($68), assorted skewers ($128) and the volcano salmon roll ($98). The fried chicken was crunchy and delicious with crispy nuggets of tender white meat chicken fried to a light golden color. The chicken thigh was smoky and tender, and the tsukune homemade