Cat Street’s new local
District: Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Contemporary American Cuisine and Craft Beers
How much: Dishes range between $65 and $210
The Best For: A casual date night, or dinner and drinks with friends
Must Order: Duck Confit Burger; Snow Peas, Pancetta & Mint; Milk & Cookies
Sassy Tip: We’ve heard rumours of a brunch to come soon, so watch this space!
Set just back from the bustling Hollywood Road, sits Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street), and nestled amongst the many antique shops, you’ll also find new bar and restaurant, Blue Supreme. Specialising in craft beers, Blue Supreme has an almost never-ending selection of bottled and draft brews from around the world. But it’s not all about the beers here, with Chef Leonard Cheung’s creative and contemporary menu, you’ll find unique flavours and textures in dishes that complement the beers perfectly, and are a far cry from your usual bar grub.
Situated as it is, surrounded by residential buildings, Blue Supreme has a very relaxed feel to it. The open fronting is perfect for people watching, with the interiors muted and stylish. The music also fits with the vibe – a mix of Bombay Bicycle Club, The War on Drugs and The National played when we visited, sweetening the deal further. The beer menu is several pages long, but is handily split into flavour profiles, so you can find what you’re in the mood for quite easily. And if you’re still not sure, the staff will be more than happy to recommend some brews to you. Contrastingly, the food menu is kept simple, with just one page of 10 or so dishes. Chef Leonard explained to us that the menu is kept limited, but is constantly evolving, so regulars can expect exciting new dishes to pop up every few weeks; keeping both the chefs and diners happy. Each dish also has a recommended beer pairing, to help you know where to start.
We began our evening with a light and refreshing dish, simply consisting of Snow Peas, Pancetta, Mint and Fiore Sardo ($98). Different to anything you may be expecting to find on a menu surrounded by beer, it was excellent. Well-presented and immaculate, it set the tone for our meal to come, and was washed down perfectly by the citrusy XX Bitter ($80) by Brouweij De Ranke.
Excited for what was next, we sampled the Soft Scrambled Eggs, Salmon Roe, Prosciutto and Garlic ($150). The eggs were exactly how I always want scrambled eggs to be. Beautifully presented and paired with the roe, Prosciutto and garlic; it was heavenly eaten with fresh bread. Moving onto something a little heartier, we tried out the Duck Burger, with Fennel, Pomegranate and Horseradish ($175). As something I had been eyeing up on Blue Supreme’s Instagram, I couldn’t wait to dive straight into this one. The mountain off confit duck was topped with a perfectly fried duck egg, and both were tucked inside a shiny brioche bun, with a fennel and pomegranate salad on the side. The duck confit was beautiful, and made even better by the silky sauce that was created by the duck egg yolk. The flavour was rich, meaty and delicious (Chef even told us that they make their own duck jus!) – with the side salad of fennel and pomegranate working wonders to ensure that nothing in this indulgent dish felt too heavy. The pairing of the sour and fruity Krick by Brouweij De Ranke also helped to cleanse our palettes further.
And then came the crowning glory of our meal: Milk & Cookies ($50). The perfect nightcap after trying several beers, this playful dish is well-thought out and well-executed. Chef Leonard described the cookies as “barely cooked”, but they weren’t dense or heavy, just crumbly, falling apart and moreish. Washed down by the refreshing mint milk (it shouldn’t work, but it does), it was a triumphant finish to our meal, and one that saw me practically rolling home.
If you’re not looking for a full meal (though I do recommend it!), Blue Supreme, also offer up a Cheese Board ($180), with a selection of three cheeses, candied walnuts, truffled honey and dried figs. I couldn’t think of anything better to share over some great beers on a cosy and relaxed date. And if you don’t like beers, that doesn’t mean this isn’t the place for you! There is a small selection wines, cocktails and soft drinks on the menu, and the food alone is good enough to warrant a visit. Though, if you are a beer fan, the pairings and suggestions from the staff may help you find some unexpected new favourites and help to push you out of your comfort zone.
Everything about Blue Supreme is considered and well thought out, from the simple range of ingredients, ever changing menu and intelligent beer pairings. The prices at first glance may seem a little more than you’d expect, but here you really are paying for the value of what you’re getting. So, next time you’re wanting a quality beer, reconsider your usual bar snacks, and head here instead. The smell of the cornbread on the next table alone will have me going back for a second visit…
Blue Supreme, 21 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.bluesupreme.live
Featured image courtesy of Annie Simpson. Image #1 courtesy of Blue Supreme via Facebook. All further images courtesy of Annie Simpson.