22 SHIPS

T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Hong Kong Restaurants -

HK$500 per per­son

22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

TEL: +852 2555 0722

www.22ships.hk 22 Ships has re­mained con­sis­tent since its open­ing in 2012, of­fer­ing a menu of mod­ern ta­pas that con­tinue to de­light the palate. Lo­cated on trendy Ship Street, the small restau­rant fea­tures a U-shaped open bar with cramped high stool seat­ing, which can some­times cre­ate an un­com­fort­able din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, par­tic­u­larly on busy nights. Still, the high cal­i­bre of food on of­fer en­sures that din­ers keep re­turn­ing; dishes such as the scal­lop ce­viche with yuzu and Chi­nese radish is pre­sented beau­ti­fully and of­fer a good con­trast of flavours and tex­tures. The ja­mon, manchego and truf­fle toastie with quail eggs is the ul­ti­mate com­fort food and yet has just the right bal­ance of lux­ury. Sim­i­larly, the open bar lay­out al­lows din­ers to view the prepa­ra­tion of the beef tartare—an ex­pertly sea­soned dish that looks as good as it tastes. For drinks, com­pre­hen­sive tast­ing notes are avail­able for the reds and whites, along with a fair se­lec­tion of Span­ish sher­ries. While dishes tend to be on the smaller side, the in­no­va­tive com­bi­na­tion of flavours and cre­ative pre­sen­ta­tion are what keeps din­ers com­ing back for more. Make sure to bring an ap­petite—though the some­times lengthy wait­ing times for a cov­eted ta­ble will guar­an­tee that you start the meal ea­ger to tuck in.

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