It has been more than 2 years since it closed its door for relocation from the demolished Hyatt Regency to its current new location inside the new Hyatt Regency hotel next to K11 mall in TST. Hugo's to me is part of Hong Kong's dining history along with Amigo, Gaddi's, Louis's Steak House or perhaps Tai Ping Koon as well. Established since 1958, it was famous not only for its food but its wooden medieval decor with shields, swords and armor handing on its walls. During my last visit before it closed 2 years ago, one of the most memorable thing about this place was a hanging sign that stated something similar to the following: "No non-smoking seats are available." How masculine it was but no longer the case with the smoking ban in effect. Apparently many things were no longer the same as well, quite unfortunate indeed.
The new decor and atmosphere were contemporary yet ... ummm ... medieval enough?? with the old armors and shields hanging around. Another look it made me feel like I was sitting inside the great dining hall of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter movie, only dimmer. Tables were pretty spacious with plenty of booths for couples. While reading the menu, I noticed something very interesting, it was the background music. It was playing Michael Bublé and then was it 98 Degrees followed by Diana Ross? Anyhow, my point was that the play list was jumping all over the places through time, through generation.
Another surprise was its flimsy leather-bounded menu. Somehow it does not fit in my humble opinion.
The bread were alright, no surprised there.
Similar to its old establishment, many dishes were prepared table-side mainly for show and tell if you ask me. There were about a dozen table-size dishes, a few too many in my opinion.
Steak tartare was done table-size and it was good but slightly over spicy but I enjoyed it very much.
The Foie Gras Terrine fig confit was
Thinly sliced Bayonne Ham was a delight, quite enjoyed it. The ham was not overly salty and the melon was of the right sweetness.
My friend ordered Rack of Australian Lam Provencal which was tender and very flavorable. It was slightly better than the steak! How so? Let me continue then.
Many of us ordered steak, mine was the Rib Eye, medium rare as always. However, it was a bit too tough even for a rib eye and not as beefy as expected. It was medium rare as ordered but not as exciting as I expected, no WOW factor at all.
Guess what gave me the WOW factor instead? It was the side dishes! The Creamed Spinach and Mashed Potatoes were heavenly! The mashed potatoes were buttery in flavor but not in texture but reminded very silky smooth! I was (and we were) making the "ummmm" sound with our eyes closed while eating this. The creamed spinach was excellent as well, not as creamy as many restos would prepare. Just the right amount of creaminess! We literally CLEANED off both items!
As for dessert, the Chocolate Souffle was a disgrace! When we ordered it, we were informed that it would be different from the one before, it would less fluffy; however it was more like a CAKE! a CHOCOLATE CAKE! I didn't mind the size of it souffle but it was not a souffle; again, it was a cake, dry and hard as a cake!
Irish Coffee was prepared table side as well. why? I really have no clue, perhaps the heating of the glass was something worth show & tell? I didn't mind the show and tell as long as it was good but in this case it wasn't!
It wasn't layered properly and for some reason it was really watery, perhaps from the lack of the cream? Something wasn't right even from the look of it, the glassware perhaps? Shouldn't the cream but filled up to the top?? A wine glass for Irish Coffee? ... Yes the picture was taken right after it was served, no time lapse! The previous Irish Coffee experience in HK was at Louis' Steak House.
The meal was ended on a pleasant note with the wonderful Chocolate Bon Bon, which was essential ice cream filled chocolate crisp.While they were good, those offered by Amigo seemed to be better with a more crisp outer layer. The dry ice really made the presentation pretty exciting which aligned with its show and tell theme.
- Wonderful mashed potatoes and creamed spinach
- contemporary decor with plenty of medieval / gothic touches
- Inconsistency in the background music / playlist
- Disappointing Chocolate
- Irish Coffee in the wrong mug? glass?
Foie Gras Terrine fig confit firmer and tougher than expectedI thought it was what I thought it was being the usual foie gras but it was prepared using the firmer terrine form, so I was incorrect in my initial assumption.
Avg Spending: Above HKD 500 per person
Lobby Level, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong,
18 Hanoi Road, TST
Tel: 3721 7733
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