Review: Tim’s Kitchen

25 December 2016

After that horrible dimsum at Maxim’s Palace I went for a wee rest back at my room, a far shorter rest than planned as what a 45-minute meal turned into a 2+ hour trial. Packed up and headed out early afternoon. I needed to kill time so I went to check my bag at Central Station and then walked to the Four Seasons Hotel nearby — where I had my first dinner 2 weeks ago at Lung King Heen — and parked myself at the bar.

Had a few drinks and killed some time. I then ended up walking back towards my hotel and stopped at another bar for more drinks, to kill more time. Then I walked to my dinner destination nearby, the 1-Michelin eatery Tim’s Kitchen. This is the main location, the one that has the Michelin star. I had dined at its Macau location years ago and had a great meal with excellent service. Let’s see how this goes.

Started out badly as I was seated, and asked to move upstairs *after* I was seated. Fine. Went up and I noticed why — the restaurant was empty and they wanted to have the few diners sit together…ugh… I ordered and they cocked up the wine…why do I bother when I am here in Hong Kong?

I tried to chill out but it wasn’t easy as the service is just chaotic. Eventually my food came, starting with a seasonal special — the snake bisque.

snake-bisque

Not bad, a little better than the one I had at the Snake Village in Vietnam about 2 weeks earlier. Strong flavours in a thick soup, nice. Then after a bit the dishes came.

shark-fin-egg

First up was shark fin and fish maw with scrambled eggs. A classic dish but done rather mediocre, nothing special. In fact, skimmed on the shark fin here… Annoying.

sea-cucumber

Then next up was some sea cucumber that was underflavoured and also undercooked. Hmmm. I couldn’t get any server’s attention for several minutes so I gave up and just ate it. Big mistake. I finished this meal and couldn’t wait to get the hell out of there. What a shitty experience, just awful service. Miles away from its location in Macau!

Took another 10 minutes to get someone to bring me the bill. I paid and left as soon as I could and walked out to Central to take the train to the airport. I just want to go to the lounge and hide…lucky it was very quiet at the Virgin Atlantic lounge and I just nursed a few cocktails for the many hours, listening to my MP3, before we boarded.

Oh, again, I am never stepping foot into Hong Kong again. Now for this 13-hour flight to Heathrow…

Tim’s Kitchen
84-90 Bonham Strand
Sheung Wan
Hong Kong

PS: Of course after 2 weeks of eating street food and all sorts in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia my stomach gets killed by a Michelin-starred place in Hong Kong. Had to run to the toilet about a dozen times during the flight to Heathrow, which landed at 0430…and my next 8.5-hour flight wasn’t leaving until midday 1200… U. G. H.

PPS: I survived. No thanks to fucking Hong Kong.

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