Monday, April 27, 2009

The Sun Will Come Out... Tomorrow

Not counting the age-old Vietnamese spots that have been in Hong Kong for millions of years, Le Soleil in the Royal Garden Hotel is probably one of the best Viet restaurants in town. I have to admit, I've always been a bit skeptical about Viet food that you eat in a hotel (after all, if you can get a beef pho for like $5, why pay more?) but was converted upon tasting the goods and realizing that their price list isn't too astronomical. And now, it comes with the pedigree of having been granted a Bib Gourmand by those crazy and controversial Michelin guys.

Le Soleil does a three-course set lunch for $88 a pop, including a combo of crispy imperial rolls, vietnamese salad and rice paper rolled with superior pork; one of hanoi beef noodle soup, seafood glass noodles in hot and sour soup, pork knuckle and beef shin vermicelli or roasted pork fillet with cold noodles; and tea of coffee. 

They're also introducing new dishes, which is the main reason for the post. New dishes, with new delicious photography, which is making me hungry even though I only finished lunch an hour and a half ago. You're looking at stir-fried prawns in coconut flesh with coconut juice, deep fried mandarin fish stuffed with banana coated with sesame, deep fried prawn rolls, and the pork knuckle/beef shin noodle from the lunch set. Not necessarily in order, obviously. Cos what fun is it if you don't play a little mix n match? Yum.

Le Solei is at The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, TST East, Kowloon. Tel: 852 2721 5215.

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