I finally had the opportunity to take the Tiggers out to dinner tonight, and it didn't take me long to settle on the venue. Tin Lung Heen (天龍軒) has been
Tigger and I pulled up at the hotel entrance and stepped out of Mrs. Tigger's brand-spanking-new Mercedez AMG C63 Black Series. As we attempted to walked through the glass doors, Tigger was stopped and questioned by hotel staff as to where we were going. Not having made the reservation himself, he didn't know the name of the restaurant and I had to come to his rescue. So… are we now not allowed into the hotel unless we have a clear purpose or a reason to be here? I don't remember this being the case when I last visited the hotel. The only hotel I remember visiting that has a stricter door policy is the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Once seated at our table by the window, the night time view was certainly pretty - despite the fact that we were looking directly at Stonecutter's Island and the military barracks. The Tsing Ma Bridge is in the distance and we were watching planes take-off and land at the airport. My view of the restaurant interior showcased a collection of wine bottles along the wall, interspersed with decorative elements designed to reflect as much light as possible. Despite the relative soft level of ambient lighting and the use of dark wood elements, the environment was in fact very bling. Perhaps there is some element of truth in another friend's remark from earlier in the day - that the hotel was designed to cater to visitors from the Strong Country.
I was given the task of ordering, and quickly went about my business. Unwittingly this turned into a meat lover's dinner - especially if you love fatty pork…
what I'm used to having at Tim's Kitchen (桃花源), where you would get more of the claw and the claw itself is also a little bigger.
For dessert I had the deep-fried egg pastry with lemon and honey (西檸蜂蜜黃金卷). When the dish arrived, Mrs. Tigger immediately blurted out "white-haired witch (白髮魔女)!" in reference to the strands of sugar on top - which were dragon's beard candy (龍鬚糖). The deep-fried pastry was drenched in honey and pretty good, although the ones at Kimberley Restaurant (君怡閣) are still my favorite.
Overall this was a pretty satisfying meal. I'm glad I finally had a chance to come try it for myself. Would I return for the food? Probably. Does it deserve the macaron? Off the top of my head, possibly. In terms of the food, there are certainly cheaper places around town offering dishes of similar quality. But then again, most people aren't really here for the food, are they?!