A little background: Rhoda is a neighborhood restaurant in Sai Ying Pun featuring modern comfort food using the best Asian ingredients cooked Western style mostly over charcoal grill.
My visit: Rhoda has been generating a lot of buzz since its opening and everything lived up to the hype.
We began with some homemade beer bread made with Suntory Dark Ale and seaweed butter. The bread came fresh out of the oven and were crispy on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside. The taste of the beer was prominent without being too overpowering and it paired well with the umami flavour of the seaweed butter.
The chicken wings were enriched with gorgeous grill marks. It had a smokey and gritty exterior but maintained super moist inside. The wings were tossed in Xeres vinegar which was tangy and sweet.
The chicken liver cream was rich and flavorful with a silky texture. It was the perfect thing to enjoy with the crunchy lotus root chips that had a slightly sweeter after taste.
The Wild Hereford ox cheek with Agria potatoes, slow cooked egg and Tasmanian truffle was my favorite dish of the night. The ox cheek was meltingly tender. Mixed with the truffled mashed potatoes and runny egg yolk, each bite was rich and deep in flavor.
I loved the chew on the slow cooked octopus paired with the nutty satisfying flavor of chickpeas, while the heat from the smoked paprika was tickling the back of my palate.
Our meal ended with the Vanilla cheesecake with rhubarb and raspberry and the summer berries with cherry granite and lemon creme friache. The cheesecake had a smooth and luscious mouth-feel with a vanilla bean punch and cheesecake crack. The summer berries was the perfect dessert for a hot day. The sweet fruits against the bright tart ice crystals and rich silky cream really hit the spot.
Verdict: Rhoda is certainly an exciting new edition to Hong Kong’s dining scene. Chef Nate Green creates comfort food with class with a warm and welcoming decor to match. The best seats in the house are around the open kitchen, where you can watch your food being prepared on the charcoal grill. Their menu changes daily and I look forward returning soon with more people to try their sharing dishes.
Happy eating 🙂
G/F, Upton, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Western District
852 2177 5050