A little bit of home home in my new home..

So whoever said Hong Kong doesn’t get cold lied! Thankfully, I am a knitwear fanatic and as the temperature dropped to a crazy 7 degrees this weekend, I ran straight for my chunky cardi and It sure felt like I was back at home in London!

Starvin’ marvin’ and wondering what to gobble for lunch, Sagar and I agreed that the cold weather was the perfect excuse to try some British inspired lunch. Aberdeen Street Social located at the PMQ (Police Married Quarters) on Aberdeen Street has been recommended by many and after doing some research I was pleased to discover that the menu was created by British Michelin-star chef, Jason Atherton.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the hostess who kindly explained that the restaurant was busy but if we were happy to wait, could order a drink and take a seat outdoors in the terrace area. After seeing the scrumptious selections on the all day menu (homemade sausage rolls, mac n cheese and minestrone soup? Hello!) there was no way Sagar and I were leaving, so we made a swift move to the seats beneath the patio heaters and waited patiently for our order of drinks and spiced peanuts to snack on in the meantime. The terrace was lovely as were the views of the landscaped garden. I can only imagine it gets really popular during the summer days. Even on a day like this, people were queuing to get their hearty British fix.

After a short ten minute wait, we were shown to our seats inside the restaurant and I let out a sigh of relief as I felt the warmth. Brr, far too cold! Even after living in the UK for the majority of my life, how was I feeling so frozen? Because ‘climatizing’ is real people! (and expat problems are becoming VERY real right now #firstworldproblems)

It took me a whole two minutes to decide what I wanted from the menu.. One thing you will learn (if you’ve not already from my zillion and one food pics on my Instagram account! *facepalm*) is that for a petite girl, I SURE CAN EAT!! I am a total foodie in the best of situations but when Im hungry? Jheez, I get hangry! Fortunately, there was no need for that crazy side to appear today as the waitresses were so attentive to my needs.

” A glass of prosecco and your lobster roll please” Eeek. The happiness on my face was real!! Did somebody say cheeeeese! 😀 Sagar and I (typically!) discussed whether it would be as good as the lobster rolls we devoured in London at Burger and Lobster; my absolute fav! I try my best not to compare things to home but sometimes it just gets the better of me.

I noticed that the cafe-esque restaurant was never empty and the sound of chit chatter in the background along with the cocktail shakers behind me, made for a relaxing ambience.

The interior was dark, polished and sleek and upon entering, I couldn’t help but stare at the strange piece of spectacular art on the wall. ” I wander what that is”, I asked Sagar. It looked great but what was it for? As the waitress approached, I asked and she simply replied “Its a piece of art for you all to enjoy”. So after some research (aka google), It turns out this wonderfully inquisitive creation is a piece of art from a local artist named Adrian Wong. Good for you Adrian, I love it! Geometric shapes, brass and rustic textures – I wish I had a picture for you all, but the food was placed on my table and I quickly got distracted (I wasn’t lying when I said I get hangry.) Hey, atleast I managed to get a picture of my order….

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There was a healthy offering of lobster and the toasted brioche, although a little too toasted for me, tasted marvellous. I will definitely be coming back. If not for the ambience and the great hosting then 100% for the Lincolnshire sausages with mash and onion gravy! I sure have found a little bit of home home in my new home 🙂 (and my tummy is SO thankful!!)

H

xoxo

Ps – I must note, that any restaurant reviews I include on this blog are my honest, tried and tested opinions and I do not get paid by the restaurants. So if you’re reading this and wondering if I lied to get free grub, honestly I didn’t. Go try it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed :p

Author: Hira Desai

Hira Desai is the founder and owner of farawayfishtales.com and Instagram feed @farawayfishtales

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