That night, on Ed’s birthday, we walked up the stairs to Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui (only realized just now that I’ve missed uploading two photos of the outside of the place, silly me! So here they are-)
Knutsford Terrace is one of the hottest spots for nightlife on Kowloon side apart from Lan Kwai Fong (aka. LKF) in Central, where locals, foreigners and expats gather for casual meals and mingle with after-dinner drinks in their hands. Some call it the “Kowloon LKF” for this reason, but I think it’s absolutely “cleaner” and girls are more decently dressed.
So this place that I’d booked beforehand is Munch. The interior decorations as well as the ambience of the place did not especially appeal to me — but it was ok, particular for those who are luckily seated by the glass panels that overlook part of the terrace’s view.
We’d ordered separately according to the restaurant’s and food bloggers’ genuine recommendations. Swiftly delivered to our table was warm Mini Baguettes. I liked how the butter was in room temperature, softened and effortless to spread… it seems trivial but honestly who wouldn’t give a thumbs down for restaurants that serve complimentary bread with cold, hard butter?
(WHATTTTT?!!! I’ve missed this too while I first published the post… unbelievable. Am I getting old already?) After the bread was hot Cream of Mushroom Soup served on a hot dish. I’ve always loved mushrooms and this soup, which was almost as creamy and smooth and thick like a bisque. Who cares if it’s unappealing in its taupe / brown colour? It was delish 🙂
We ordered two starters that did not disappoint as the signature dishes. Juicy and decadent are words to describe the Lump Crab Cake with a thin, lightly fried exterior. The freshening mango salsa dressing made it extra good, I must say!
Whereas for the second dish, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Escargots, it was nicely presented, with thin crisps, a few slices of sundried tomato and sprigs of herbs on top. Tasty but only as if the chef had added in plenty of MSG to it, and this happened to the mushrooms in particular though I’m not entirely sure, of course. By the way, I have no idea since when I started to become really scared of snails while I used to put them on my palm and happily see them walk and leave a slimy trail behind (UGHHHH, I’m about to pass out now) so while I was having the escargots I felt super anxious and got goosebumps all over me. They tasted good but I just couldn’t like them — very conflicting indeed.
Then our main dish was Sea Scallop Risotto with Seafood Bisque, what a lot of people go for. Risotto was cooked to perfect — the rice was hard in the centre and when I tilted the plate it flowed slowly like lava or tide. The three big scallops were fresh but unfortunately overcooked and it was the spoonful of briny caviar that saved the dish.
In fact I coincidentally share the same feeling with food blogger Liz’s Taste, who also did a review on Munch in mid-May this year. I think the restaurant should keep an eye on comments on Openrice (the biggest food blogging platform in Hong Kong), to focus on areas that need improvement. Especially when the risotto is one of the dishes that it is most proud of, it wouldn’t want to put its reputation at risk.
After 10 to 15 minutes after we’re done with the main dish came the part that I most looked forward to — Birthday’s Special that I pre-ordered while I made reservation on the phone!
They offered three choices: Mille-feuille, Creme Brulee and Chocolate Lava Cake. I picked Mille-feuille for my birthday boy as it is the most difficult to make and I had successfully made the other two before. It was alternately layered with crunchy puff pastry and rich, smooth custard, decorated with fresh and dried raspberries and also a scoop of chocolate ice-cream. A beautiful, delightful sweet treat to finish off the meal.
I fully appreciated the handwriting and the services too, while they kindly accommodated to my very last-minute romantic request of drawing a heart nearby his name 😉 thanks heaps to the unknown waiter and pastry chef.
More to mention are the Iced Lemon Tea and a box of Milk Chocolate as a birthday gift from Munch.
1/F, 1 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2317 7887