Whilst trekking up the SOHO escalators can get quite off-putting; my friend and I were more focused on the anticipation and growling stomachs we had in preparation for our visit to Seasalt, the already famous Fish and Chips store here in Hong Kong which just opened 6 months ago during August 2013.
Cozy in size but very classily tagged with the store name in front; the restaurant was not shy in telling you they are specialized in making Fish and Chips with the huge Australia flag hanging proudly on the front. With menus on the side wall; a lovely lady greets you at the cashier and your kids with crayons and coloring activities, resting you assure that this is not just going to be your favorite homely restaurant, but also your children’s very own favorite sit down.
Very generous of the owner Dave; the two of us received a total of 4 dishes, alongside a very refreshing and rarely found natural tasting lemonade to seize our thirst. Whilst waiting for our food to arrive, we scavenged the place with our eyes and found that it offered a lot of interesting promotions, including their all new tacos menu with fish, grilled prawns and pumpkin on every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as well as their HKD$ 140 Fish Tacos Box coming with 2 soft shell tacos, chips and a choice of drink or beer every Wednesday and Thursday only.
There’s also everyone’s favorite stamp card which earns you a free soft drink upon 5 stamps, a free side salad upon 10 stamps and a free cod and chips upon 12 stamps; with each stamp gained by a purchase of HKD $120 in value.
Arriving first for us is the Chicken Schnitzel with chips and gravy. One of their best sellers in the previous weeks; it was not hard to understand why it made such a big hit. The chicken was moist on the inside, crispy on the out; and matched perfectly well with the flavorful gravy which contained onion bits inside for extra uniqueness and texture. The chips are my very own favorite; with it also being crispy on the outside, but soothingly soft on the inside, delivering a great flavor to the taste buds and not at all oily. The chips stayed fresh during our stay with no soggy fries on the bottom; and it was a delight to smell not to mention to savor.
How can we not try their fish and chips during our visit?
Next up is their freshly fried cod with chips, served alongside their series of sauces including the classic tartar, a Chinese soy sauce like soy- ginger and wasabi Mayo.
The cod was soft and perfectly cooked, with no dryness and a perfectly balanced layer of batter. I tried it with all three of the sauces; but I particularly liked it with the wasabi Mayo which gave the calm tasting cod a bit of a tingle.
The dish that blew my mind had to be their very own Fish taco. Coming with sour tomato and onions bits; the soft shell taco revealed different tastes during each bite. The crispy fish was definitely the core here; but the crisps and the vegetables included cannot be excluded from the experience either. Fresh, crunchy, and very refreshing with the sauce used; this is the dish that demands me for a return.
Last but not least, the Barramundi served with rice is something neither of us has expected to be found in such a store; and it’s not a bad thing either because it’s so surprisingly fitting to Chinese cuisine preferred eaters. The fish was grilled just right, and matched with rice? The dish is a wonderful delight as a lunch time bento, with 10% taken off your order if it’s a take away too!
Managing to finish the challenge; we cleared out the 4 dishes in no time and was fulfilled by the comfortable environment as well as the wonderful food. I think what is especially attractive about the place is its cozy vibe, something that we lack of in a lot of restaurants around the neighborhood. So expect yourself a smile, a spacious seat, a crispy serving of your preference, and a happy tummy after your visit at Seasalt, Hong Kong!
23 Mosque Street, The Mid- levels
Written by Joyce Tsang