By: Claire Locking
G7 & G8, G/F Sincere Western House,
44 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
2855 1368 | casteloconcepts.com
Reviewing a restaurant on a packed Saturday night is playing a slightly cruel trick, but as K-Town is the little sister of enduringly popular Wagyu and Oolaa we thought we could put it to the test.
When we arrived, the place was already buzzing with large groups waiting street side to be seated; not a good sign, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.
We ordered our starters of sesame seared tuna chunks ($120) and Peking Duck rolls ($110) and, surprisingly, within just 15 minutes they appeared. The tuna is a very generous portion and the sesame crust and wasabi mayonnaise make the perfect contrast to the oiliness of the fish. Truly delicious. The duck rolls were surprisingly authentic – apart from the under-stuffing of duck and over-garnishing of cress!
The choice of mains is vast, from salads to wood-fired pizza or pasta but we chose meaty affairs. There is an entire page of the menu dedicated to beef; steaks range in price from $195 to $635 for a Wagyu Sirloin. All come with a roasted garlic bulb, Portobello mushroom, rocket salad (more of a garnish) and a choice of sides from chips to sweet potato mash. You can also choose a sauce, but try to steer clear of the Asian ginger and soy that was tasted more like a dose of pure salt and detracted heavily from the very good and perfectly cooked New Zealand tenderloin.
The menu warns that “you need to be hungry” to dig in to the Big Boy BBQ Ribs ($320). Indeed, it should be touted as a sharing plate, as the slab that arrives smothered in spicy rum and barbecue sauce is enough for two, if not three. The plate is also piled with chips and American-style slaw, which makes the presentation slightly off putting. That said, my meat-loving dining companion made a pretty good stab at it before surrendering and asking for a doggy bag!
If you have room for desserts then the menu has a mouth-watering selection of cheesecakes and ice cream concoctions. We chose a mango and raspberry tart to share ($70), beautifully executed with perfectly thin and crisp pastry; pretty impressive for a neighbourhood eatery.
K-Town deserves to be another success story for owners Castelo. The food isn’t amazing and is slightly formulaic but the location on a leafy side street in K-Town makes a change from Soho, the ambience is fun and friendly and the service, even when the restaurant was full to bursting, was faultless.
Must-try dish: Sesame seared tuna chunks