22 Ships Opens, Wan Chai Jason Atherton Opens Modern Tapas Restaurant

[10/11/12] 

Jason Atherton, the Michelin-starred British chef who trained at El Bulli, has opened a Hong Kong restaurant with 208 founder Yenn Wong. Located in Wan Chai, 22 Ships serves modern tapas that's refined, light and difficult to find elsewhere in Hong Kong. It's the type of place you'd take your mother-in-law - it's inventive but not so wacky she'd question whether you're party of the new liberal conspiracy.

We like the balance of the menu. Our pick of the savouries was marinated Hamachi served with gazpacho, a dish that didn't look powerful but packed a serious punch. The cerviche of scallop with a yuzu dressing (above) was a close second, while the smoked bone marrow served on sour dough with onion jam and gentlemen's relish was also tip top. Only problem is they're tapas sized portions so you end up ordering a truck-load.

Prices are middle of the road but are good value compared with the quality. Dishes range from about HK$60 - $210 and their sangria is well worth a try, a cross between the Spanish tipple and a classic mulled wine. 22 Ships's signature dessert is the 'PBJ' (peanut ice cream, blue fruit and salted peanut caramel) but we'd also recommend the goat's cheese sorbet to finish off with a little cleanse. And as for atmosphere, it's a jolly place to be. In fact, it's great for a date - just don't let your mother-in-law catch you.

Ship shape.


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