HONG Lounge & Restaurant is just one of the trendy new places along the Rainbow Walk area by Jinji Lake, which has been given a much-needed makeover since Suzhou Center opened up.
The organic cauliflower with black truffle sauce (RMB48), which was served as a cold appetizer, was perfectly cooked and crunchy and flecks of truffle added a pleasant earthiness. While the portion was pretty small, the signature barbequed pork (RMB68) was cooked to perfection – extremely succulent, sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.
The fried eggplant with chili and fried garlic (RMB68) came with a choice of three spice levels. We chose the least spicy, but the flavor turned out to be too subtle. The dish, however, was a pleasant and unusual way to enjoy the vegetable, thanks to a light batter that complemented the slightly sweet, caramelized eggplant well.
Our favorite dish was the fried rice noodles with wagyu beef (RMB88), which transported us straight back to the streets of Hong Kong. Featuring a generous amount of tender, delicious beef and the crunchy bean sprouts contrasted nicely with the soft noodles.
A trendy place, with cool, mirror-clad interiors, attentive servers and funky music playing at a good level for dining, it’s easy to understand why HONG’s attracting a well-heeled crowd. The outdoor seating area is lovely for a few drinks and cocktails, while the food on offer may be a little pricey and the portions too dainty, they’re all of high-quality and quite delicious.
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