Sustainable seafood dishes at the Renaissance, Hong Kong
The newly opened Mirage Restaurant and Bar at the Renaissance Harbour View, Hong Kong simply radiates glam! Aside from the floor-to-ceiling windows complete with fab views of Victoria Harbour, the resto boasts an impressive 25 foot high island bar as the centerpiece, adorned with geometric light fixtures and decorative bottles; we haven’t seen anything quite like it before in the 852. Mirage is located in the bustling lobby of the hotel and makes for a delightfully chatty atmosphere, and great for happy hour with some quality cocktails and small sharing-sized plates of fresh seafood.
The fully-stocked bar accommodates all preferences with a full menu consisting of wines, beers and spirits. We tasted three of their signature cocktails, ‘Lost in Translation’; a concoction which involves bacon fat and bourbon, ‘I’m Hallucinated’; a citrusy rum-based drink, and ‘No Monkey Business’ with hints of coffee, a serious kick of banana and vodka! Our personal favourite was the second, which was adorned with passion fruit and gold sprinkles. Not only was it gorgeous, it was was nicely balanced with sweet and sour flavours.
We sampled several small plates of sustainable, eco-friendly seafood dishes. My personal favourite was the raw salmon ($138) appetizer served with an extremely light and refreshing Crème fraîche with dill, alongside capers and onions. Whilst the salmon was excellent, the cream made this dish quite something.
We also thoroughly enjoyed the chef’s specialty dish; Galician Octopus with Potato Foam ($128) – which he quite literally makes with a whipped cream gun, resulting in the lightest potatoes known to man. Hat’s off to the chef on this one!
We also enjoyed the Japanese Scallops ($118) served with soy, honey and scallions. The saltiness combined with the sweet honey, and delectable plump scallops made our taste buds very happy! We were also pleasantly surprised by the Strawberry Gazpacho with Burrata Cheese and Basil Sorbet, a rather unique combination that worked unimaginably well together. We finished off the tasting with an Avocado Nougat Parfait, a popsicle-like concoction made from avocado “ice cream” and crushed pistachios. We were thankful for a tasty, yet light dessert option! This is a must-order for avo lovers, like myself.
The drinks are worth every penny and work really well together with the range of small seafood plates on offer. The portions are quite small, so you may want to consider getting the girls together, ordering a few and tasting a little bit of everything! I’ll definitely be back for the yummy cocktails alone and whilst I’m there, I won’t be passing up that avocado ice cream…
Mirage, 1/F Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.marriott.com