If it crossed your mind whether the inspiration behind the name of this restaurant could be the most formal room in a grand house, the witty greeting of a piece of paper and crayons in an exquisitely designed restaurant on the top floor of PMQ amusingly dispels that that notion. For the artistically inclined this is a call to create, very appropriate in one of the creative hubs in Hong Kong, and surrounded as it is by offshoots of international art galleries.
Appropriately enough the food is both creatively cooked and with real attention to detail in the way it is presented. Given the imaginative and luxurious way it is decorated this intimate restaurant is likely to be a wonderful venue for a special evening out. Not having cause to celebrate we have now been there twice a couple of months apart for their wonderful Weekend Brunch.
First, this restaurant, like Aberdeen Street Social a few floors below, is one of those venues which makes a serious effort to cater for those needing to avoid gluten. In each of the courses minor substitutions were made and only one of the range of appetisers was out of bounds. Perfectly adequate gluten free bread was provided and importantly substituted for regular bread in the wonderful scallop starter served on a pork ragout.
This was served alongside a light accompaniment of lightly dressed organic leaves, buffalo mozzarella and Italian charcuterie and an outstanding fish, avocado and apple starter enlivened by a hint of chilli.
Afterwards, and quite by mistake I ordered the risotto with braised veal cheek, fabulously unctuous and presented in a small glass pan. Sometimes mistakes are happily made. Certainly that was the case this time. It was actually sublime.
Had I known I would have ordered it in place of the main course of cod and prawns, for which an indifferent sea bream was substituted. Incidentally the risotto is an option on their lunch menu, and is certainly worth going out of your way to search out.
Previously I had ordered a their roasted marinated whole baby French chicken which was presented whole and garnished with rosemary before being photographed in my case and taken back into the kitchen to be cut into pieces. Its appearance was one of those ‘wow’ moments that help make a restaurant memorable.
A light and refreshing dessert of caramelised warm seasonal fruits with a home made vanilla ice cream with lots of real vanilla flecks followed.
A charming display of petit four accompanied our expressos. As well as looking lovely only one of these was out of bounds as it contained flour.
This restaurant has only been open a couple of months but if they can keep up the level of cooking and service it deserves to do very well. Speaking for ourselves, we will certainly be back.
The Drawing Room, 7/F Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2156 0888 www.tdr.com.hk