Soho Street Eats
District: Soho, Central, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Brazilian-Japanese Street Food
How much: Dishes range between $65 – $180
The best for: Laid back dinner with friends
Must Order: Coxinhas De Frango (Chicken and okra dumplings, with homemade chilli sauce)
Unpretentious and relaxed, yet still lively and cool, newly opened Uma Nota has brought a taste of the streets of São Paulo to Soho. With its distinctive Japanese-Brazilian cuisine, the menu is an amazing mix of flavours, textures and temperatures, all balanced to bring you one exciting and interesting meal. Whether you like your food grilled, fried, fresh or raw, there’s something for everyone at Uma Nota. With all plates made for sharing, be sure to try as much as you can to get a true taste for this unique cuisine!
As with any good meal, you’re going to want to kick off your time at Uma Nota with a couple of fab drinks. The cocktail menu sets the tone for the food to come, with twists on the classic Brazilian Caipirinha, along with Sake cocktails. For a refreshing start to your meal, go for the Menina Geisha ($100)– a mix of gin, sake, St Germain, lime, kaffir and cucumber syrup and egg white – it was ideal to cool off with after the humid walk from the Sassy office!
Along with classic fish ceviches on the menu, Uma Nota offers up an unusual twist, with a Vegetarian Ceviche ($90). Using palmito, tomato, mushrooms, avocado, red onion, coriander and morones salsa, it was zingy, acidic and packed a real punch, making for one veggie dish that is far from falling flat! To counteract the fresh and zesty flavours of the ceviche, we also sampled the Pasteis de Camarão (Brazilian style fried shrimp wontons – $65). Absolutely delicious, the smell alone as they were served to the table was heavenly, with perfect crisp pastry and a tasty filling.
We also tried the Brazilian street food classic – Cochinhos de Frango ($65). My favourite dish of the evening, the dumplings were deep fried and filled with chicken and okra, giving a true taste of São Paulo. With its deep-rooted Japanese influence, Uma Nota also serves up yakitori style skewers. We went for the Mullet, Beef and Chicken Thigh ($80, for three of each), which were each absolutely delicious. The fish was delicate and soft, the beef rich meaty, and the chicken succulent, sticky and sweet when accompanied by the dipping sauce.
For a really unusual dish, be adventurous and go for the Banana Dulce ($65). Not a dessert, as the name might have you fooled into thinking, it is actually a fried green banana, topped with crab and sour cream. Although something I would not normally opt for, it really was lovely. The slight sweetness from the plantain complemented the salty crab meat.
With the name itself translating to mean “one note” in English, Uma Nota truly combines its food, music, drinks and décor to create a seamless and relaxed atmosphere. Plus, as none of the dishes are too “carb-heavy,” you’ll go home feeling pleasantly satisfied, but not overly full and in a food coma! A must try for a laid-back dinner.
If you’re waiting for a table, don’t be tempted to stray to bars nearby, as the colourful tiled steps and seating area outside Uma Nota is the perfect place to while away the time. Cosy up on the throw cushions, or spill out onto the street and admire the impressive mural adorning the wall, which was especially commissioned for the restaurant opening!
Uma Nota, 38, Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.uma-nota.com