Have you been to Above & Beyond Restaurant in Hong Kong? Just imagine a perfect picture postcard from the Hotel ICON’s 28th floor. Up here, the restaurant during the day is stunning and I can already imagine at night the buildings would twinkle their lights and this would be breathtaking. With enormous crystal clear windows that offer a vertiginous panorama outlook of Hong Kong’s skyline, I think time seems to be moving at a relaxed pace. It’s a perfect lunch date with an intimate and sophisticated space with a modern classic twist in elegance. Throughout the restaurant, artworks of hand painted landscapes of Hong Kong and traditional Chinese characters offer another enjoyable scenery too! Mamma Mia, the décor is super sleek with leather chairs, marble bar tables and stylish lounge area.
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Lunch with a view
The view is just as important as the food, right? So for 3 people, we decided to order the Dim Sum Set Lunch– Priced at HKD $218 per person ($32 AUS) (minimum 2 persons). The reason behind ordering this set is because I’ve heard insane reviews about their famous Crispy Taro Cake with Whole Abalone. I can confirm, it’s one of the most impressive dish I’ve had. Though, it would have been nice if there is an option to upsize the abalone… 😛
Seats are actually leather
Views from Above & Beyond
We began with complimentary Marrowfat peas in XO sauce – The beans are highly seasoned with a kick of chilli. You’ll notice a salty savoury sweet Chinese condiment coming from the chopped bamboo shoots and in between shredded dried scallops.
Marrowfat peas in XO sauce
Folks, please say hello to Mr. Walnut- This complimentary Honey Roasted Walnut with Sesame seed is lightly sweet and extremely crunchy in texture. There’s a nice aroma of coated toasted honey on the outside with generous sprinkles of sesame seeds.
Caramelized walnuts are quite a treat
I believed Soup of the Day was a Chinese traditional pork rib and is very popular soup in Hong Kong. The bone broth seemed to have been nourished for a very long time, therefore the flavours last very long on your tastebuds.
Tasty soup of the day
Enjoy a selection of fine beverages at the bar area.
Bringing back the classic but modern touch
This may not sound like a big deal but the steamed Shrimps and Bamboo Shoots Dumpling contained chunks of fresh seasoned shrimps and stripes of bamboo shoots. I loved the sticky silky dumpling wrap that tightly hugs all the ingredients together. The texture has a gentle consistency of chewiness and solid amount of shrimps. If you notice on the right side of the bamboo tray, the Pork Dumpling shows characteristic with a mixture of steamed pork, black mushroom wrapped in a thin golden pleated wrap witha spoonful of crab roe atop.
Shrimps and Bamboo Shoots Dumpling and also Pork Dumpling
BRACE YOURSELFS because I welcome you the Crispy Taro Cake with Whole Abalone – You seriously have to commit to this dish…alone. The fresh bite-size whole abalone sits on a feathery delicate nest of crispy taro. It’s certainly a fresh spin on Chinese dim sum and Cantonese cuisines, sounds dramatic but this is the most luxurious highlighted savoury dish for Above & Beyond.
Crispy Taro Cake with Whole Abalone
Are you ready for some Cheese and Shrimp Spring Roll? Definitely not your typical spring roll as this is made with tasty melting cheese and cooked shrimps. It’s certainly not healthy as it’s deep-fried to perfection. Great taste also comes from the paper-thin spring roll pastry.
Cheese and Shrimp Spring Roll
Next we continued with the Rice Flour Rolls – Steamed rice rolls is such a traditional Hong Kong style. Super delicious and somewhat healthy as the filling includes bamboo pitch and mushroom. To add a bit of colour they have added fresh Chinese broccoli for a crunchy finish.
Rice Flour Rolls
When I looked at the Barbecued Kagoshima Pork and Marinated Cucumber with Minced Garlic– This dish surely looks shinier than my hair. Very tasty and wholesome with slices of seasoned pork. The pork was an explosion in my mouth. Overtime it does overpower your tastebuds but I like that meaty flavour. For the chubby stick figures of cucumber, the ingredients of the minced garlic was superb and not overcooked. Every bite was a nice refreshing solid crunch.
Don’t you pork me!
Another terrific bite is the Tossed Udon. I seriously found it hard to find any flaws in this dish. Ok, let’s face it, it does look plain and simple but boy the texture of the udon is fab-u-lous. With added light soy sauce and in between minced pork with chopped spring onions, I think I can now convert to eating just udon’s for the rest of my life. I am impressed how they have cooked the udon’s without undercooking or overcooking it.
Fresh and bursting with flavor is Tossed Udon.
Fantastic views over the harbour
We ordered an additional Barbecue Pork Buns (Cha Siu Bao) (HKD$38 for 3) ($5.45AUS)-The steamed buns were light and fluffy in texture, and filled with sweet marinated barbecue pork that were finely chopped. You’d want to eat them immediately because Above & Beyond serves it ASAP when the buns are ready to come out of the steamer. Hmmmm so fluffy!
Barbecue Pork Buns
As if all the above wasn’t enough, Dessert of the Day they served hot sago soup with fresh mango pieces. Sago soup was mildly sweet, but it taste really delicious when there’s chunks of mango.
Perfect dessert of the day
Mango chunks and sago, yes please.
So many chairs to choose from!
I was surprised to see the menu prices for Above & Beyond weren’t too dear. I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to sample gourmet Chinese Dim Sum. It is quite impressive to have a mini yum-cha whilst overlooking Hong Kong.Yes, the work of art is, evidently, the stunning views of Hong Kong Island and the harbour at Hotel ICON’s 28th floor, Above & Beyond Restaurant.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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