NEIGH­BOR­HOOD

T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - The New Gastronomy -

Vis­it­ing Neigh­bor­hood is like re­ceiv­ing a sur­prise gift from your best friend—you never quite know what it is you will be get­ting, but you are al­ways cer­tain that it will be some­thing truly spe­cial. Che­fowner David Lai has cul­ti­vated a menu that thrives on its sea­son­al­ity, chang­ing fre­quently to in­cor­po­rate the fresh­est pro­duce, re­sult­ing in a con­cise line-up of dishes that de­liver un­usual, ex­cit­ing and spec­tac­u­lar flavours ev­ery time. Tucked in a side-al­ley next to Pak Tsz Lane park, the restau­rant is small and cosy, with an unas­sum­ing sim­ple but el­e­gant dé­cor that is happy to let the food bask in all the at­ten­tion it de­serves. Lai is un­afraid to tackle of­fal cuts and more un­fa­mil­iar types of seafood. Amidst all the specials, there is one con­stant—Neigh­bor­hood’s tran­scen­dent choco­late pal­ette, a lux­u­ri­ously rich yet feather-light ex­pres­sion of pure po­etry on the plate. The wine list is sim­i­larly short but well cu­rated and rea­son­ably priced; whilst the ma­jor­ity are French and Ital­ian va­ri­eties, we spot a few more un­usual re­gions such as Le­banon and Slove­nia rep­re­sented. Ser­vice hits the mark too. In a city where many restau­rants op­er­ate to di­min­ish­ing re­turns as the years go by, it is a real plea­sure to find a place that de­lights in turn­ing out food that just keeps get­ting bet­ter.

The prime seats at Haku are at the chef’s counter At Neigh­bor­hood, hbor­hood Chef-owner David Lai has cul­ti­vated a menu that thrives on its sea­son­al­ity, re­sult­ing in a con­cise line-up of dishes that de­liver un­usual, ex­cit­ing, and spec­tac­u­lar

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