American. G/F, 44 Staunton St., Central, 2803-0050. We were all disappointed to find out Southern food restaurant Restoration shut its doors earlier this year, but luckily chef Jack Carson didn’t go far. At The Parish, the Cajun and Creole food expert continues to impress with flavors from his home state of Louisiana.
HIT The new tavern-like space on Staunton is great for people-watching, and suited for both intimate dinners and group gatherings. We started the meal with some bacon and cream cheese jalapeño poppers ($78), which exploded with the piping hot cream cheese filling. Despite some burnt tongues, the flavor profile was spot on, with the spiciness of the jalapeño mellowed by the creaminess of the cheese and the savory bacon. The signature Jack’s Fried Chicken ($188) lived up to its name: crispy and tangy on the outside, juicy and tender inside, the bird was one of the best versions we’ve had in Hong Kong. The pickled watermelon on the side gave some needed acidity to cleanse our palates. We also loved the well-seasoned jambalaya ($258), with its tomato-based sauce, chunks of chicken and sausage, and a succulent jumbo grilled prawn. It couldn’t be a meal from The Big Easy without some pies: We ended with a big ol’ slice of key lime pie ($68) which was a divine combination of tart and creamy.
MISS The backyard BBQ ribs ($138 for half rack, $248 for full) were a bit dry, and the pork could have used a bit more marinade to pack in the flavor. We were really psyched for the seafood boil, but unfortunately they were sold out for the night.
BOTTOM LINE The Parish definitely rings with Southern hospitality, and is one of the very few places in Hong Kong that does Cajun and Creole food, and does it well. Open daily noon-midnight. $$-$$$