It's been a while since No Fish and I last met up for a meal, and we finally found some time for it. She had initially set her sights on a (relatively) new and exciting opening, but given I was scheduled to go to the very same restaurant 10 days prior, decided that she would like to finally check out Quest.
I really enjoyed my visit to Quest last year, and was especially fond of his creations inspired by Vietnamese flavors. ILove Lubutin and I kept waiting for him to launch his bánh mi takeout business...
A quick look at the restaurant's FB page, though, showed that recent dishes no longer carried the same Vietnamese bent. This was a little disappointing for me, but Chef Que explained to us that the lighter and more Asian dishes are available in the warmer months, while he serves up his "comfort food menu" in the colder months. After going through the menu, No Fish and I could certain see what he meant by "comfort food"!
With his price point, he operates in exactly the "death zone" in my book... neither expensive enough to be serious fine dining featuring the best ingredients money can buy, nor cheap enough for the price/performance ratio to go off the charts. I've said time and again that restaurants charging HKD 600-800 a head are usually places I avoid, because more often than not, I don't get excited by the cuisine... nor do I feel I get my money's worth.
Having said that, while I really was more excited about his Asian-themed menu (which I hear will be back by next month), I do feel that I've gotten my money's worth tonight. And I most definitely want to come back after the "summer menu" is back... especially when Chef Que told us about his experiments with a donut-based bánh mi!
P.S. The corkage was waived on our bill, so I tipped enough to make up for the waived corkage.