You guys!! I'm finally getting around to sharing my dinner at Saltie Girl, where one of the most talked about food trends - tinned seafood! reigns supreme. This was an impromptu dinner from way back on August 2nd; a memorable summer night because we just took our engagement photos. I was wearing my late grandmother Julia Fenton's vintage party dress and feeling like a 1960's goddess as we gallivanted about our final shoot location on the Esplanade.
Ready to celebrate the evening, we ended up at OAK Long Bar + Kitchenfor fancy martini service, before Saltie Girl coaxed us in and as luck would have it just as two seats opened up at the far end of the bar. Serving seasonally-inspired, fresh and tinned iterations of seafood, the intimate restaurant set in a regal brownstone at Dartmouth and Newbury affirmed one of my favorite evenings of the summer with fantastic food and wine. We choose first from a variety of toasts - the Smoked Salmon with greek yogurt, truffle wildflower honey and cured yolk on potato bread was a revelation. Second, from the hyped, exceptionally curated menu of tinned fish the Tuna Filets in olive oil come with piquillo peppers, artisan bread and hand churned butter on a handsome slate board. Tinned fish is much more expensive than I expected; it was very good though! We also shared Toasted Handmade Gnocchi with caviar, and absolutely could not pass up Saltie Girl's Fried Lobsters and Waffles with sweet corn butter and spicy maple syrup.
A night out in Lan Kwai Fong! Late night eats at Tsui Wah, a traditional Hong Kong tea cafe for dumplings and spicy chicken soup.
A good night sleep on the 25th floor at hotel 2 MacDonnel Road located in Central - Western HK.
A walk through the Botanical Gardens. Breakfast at a local coffee shop. No real plan, just wandering! Through Hong Kong Park, then into a luxury mall. Malls are outstanding here, I was in awe of the restaurants, food stalls, shopping etc. Taxi to the harbor where we took the Star Ferry to Kowloon. Gorgeous city views from the water, then more aimless, happy wandering in Tsim Sha Tsui - a shopping and nightlife district with neon lit streets and more of those fascinating luxury malls. Tsing Tao beers and ground pork + seaweed soup for lunch at Chuan Po Po. A couple more beers in the neighborhood. Train to Hong Kong International Airport. 14 hours back to Boston on Cathay Pacific. 3 movies (Lion, Why Him and Snatched) and a lot of sleep!