One of my friends was gonna be home alone this weekend, and wanted to get together for dinner and a couple of bottles of wine. He figured I have a listed of "new" restaurants I wanted to try, so he very kindly let me pick the place… (Note to self: get more friends like this one, who are willing to try out new restaurants with me and won't complain)
One itch I have been wanting to scratch is View 62 by Paco Roncero. Every foodie friend I know has told me it's crap. Non-foodie friends have told me it's crap. Even a dining guide I used to contribute to said the food wasn't all that good. When a friend found out that I was having dinner there, her reaction was "Why?"
The "why" goes back to the mantra of "Don't knock it 'till you've tried it". Paco Roncero has been touted as "Ferrán Adrià's most outstanding disciple", and my dinner at El Bulli is still my all-time favorite. I'm always looking for places that can do a good job on molecular gastronomy, since so few in the world manage to get it right… and I'm actively staying the hell away from the current tapas bar fad… All of those factors added together, and you got me picking up the phone and dialing for a reservation here.
My friend's wife had her travel schedule postponed, so what was to be a romantic dinner between us guys turned out to have a third wheel… Sigh… But as it turns out, there were benefits to having an extra mouth around!
I haven't been to the revolving restaurant on top of Hopewell Centre for…oh probably close to 15 years. There was never much reason to come back after the initial visit, and it has been a while since I last sat in any revolving restaurants. A few minutes after sitting down, I started feeling a little seasick… I realize that the revolving mechanism was first installed more than 30 years ago, but they really need to upgrade to a new one. The motion was a little jerky, not smooth at all, so that unless one is distracted with conversation or in motion oneself, the little starts and stops are very noticeable. Not a good start to my evening.
I was debating between ordering the set menu or doing it à la carte, and probably would have leaned towards the set menu. However my friends seemed to prefer starting with some tapas first, and now with 3 of us, I decided to do something I rarely get to do… which was to "sweep the menu (掃餐牌)". I announced to the manager that "we'll take ALL the tapas... except the jamón ibérico and the foie gras terrine". That would be 8 of them. I loooove doing that!
The two boys had agreed to bring wine to our romantic dinner, and it was just as well that we didn't drink the third bottle until afterwards…
last night. Very well balanced. Curiously the wine has mellowed out since I was blown away by it almost 2 years ago. Wonder how it would evolve… must save my remaining bottles and track the evolution!
more than 5 years ago.