On entering the basement for this upmarket dining venue, the ambience is a little wanting and maybe it needs a rethink, as it appears unchanged from some years. mylifestylenews finds the other version of old style classic American wine and dine at The Bostonian……
The Bostonian is a bit of an institution at The Langham Hotel in the bustling Tsim Sha Tsui and we had quite an expectation before arriving for our dinner as well as to find finding a little nostalgia moment back in the past. We were seated in a side area, a box cart seat in the past and apart from the empty banquet style seating. This part of the restaurant was soul-less, the light was rather dimmed and in crimson rouge ambience with the style of unorganized table setting distancing from each other suggesting some under going renovation works is in progress. The place seriously need some design work to make it feel like a special place to dine or at least to inject a little more live to it.
However, we were still looking forward to a special four course set dinner menu with the option for the set dinner menu consists of either meat and fish, so choosing could pose a challenge for those that who doesn’t like both. Be warned, classic style cooking are served here, if you are looking for something with a modern twist, then this may not be the restaurant for you. We started with six freshly shucked oysters from the Raw Bar which were big and plump, although a bit briny, but they still tasted quite delicious with lemon, mignonette vinegar, cocktail sauce.
A pan-seared Foie Gras “Du Canard” to follow with dried fig chutney and port wine reduction, this is a very rich dish and the Foie Gras was perfectly seared with a soft inside and the accompanying chutney and sauce was the perfect foil to all the richness of this dish with a generous portion size.
The baked blue swimming crab is worth trying with the old classic style of preparation, it was baked to a light crisp on the “manna” crab shield and richness of the flesh remain with the texture are no stranger to all accompany by a light frisse salad.
There is only one selection of soup on the special four course set dinner menu - the Bostonian Lobster Bisque, but this is a signature dish and truly delivers on flavor, with generous amounts of meat and the soup that is quite filling. You will gladly use your bread to soak up all the beautiful remains of the soup.
For mains, we opted for the Charcoal Grilled Beef Tenderloin with buttered spinach and wild mushrooms and Rosemary Scented Lamb Ribs with baked new potatoes, confit of garlic and thyme jus. Both meat dishes were cooked as per ordered and the imported meats were very flavourful and absolutely delectable with such tender and juicy cuts.
All mains are served with unlimited French fries with a black truffle salt, so even though dishes come with some vegetables, you are also served the fries, which is a bit decadent, but difficult to resist. We all know about French fries that even though you know you shouldn’t eat them, simple irresistible.
Two dessert options were too tempting to ignore and thus we were able to sample both. Baked pineapple crumble tart with Tahitian vanilla bean ice-cream and a mango coconut cream slice with coconut shortbread and sea salt caramel sauce. The tart was very delicious, although the pineapple flavor was not distinctive enough, but the shortcrust pastry and crumble on top was just right, with the ice cream adding a creamy counterpoint to the pastry. The mango slice was equally tasty, with the mango flavor to the fore on the palate, it gives a good balance of flavours and textures.
Service was rather prompt throughout our meal despite the staff focused on getting the food from the kitchen to table as quickly as possible without allowing much time in between for a breather. In addition, they never have asked us what we thought of each dish as well as our dining experience throughout the entire meal. We can’t help but wonder what interest they took in each table to ensure the evening is going as planned. A minor quibble, but a great restaurant team always be more engaging and this was missing during our visit for a wine and dine experience and not hoping for a fast food production in motion.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 2.5/5
Food & Beverage: 3/5
Value For Money: 2.5/5
Baked Blue Swimming Crab
8 Peking Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kownloon
Tel:+852 2375 1133