Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bite-Size Review: Classified in Happy Valley

This is a chain restaurant with more than a half dozen outlets all over the island, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Classified serves some of the best non-Eastern nosh in town.  I'm just thrilled I live a five-minute walk from one right here in Happy Valley. It's alfresco, it's pet-friendly, it's got a couple of well-stocked wine walls.  And heck, anyplace that serves breakfast all-day is all right in my book.  

The open kitchen...check out that smoked ham on the counter top.
This is where I go for really good tomato and mozzarella bruschetta, lightly grizzled with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. The watercress garnish adds a nice crunchy and slightly bitter touch.
I'm not a big salad person, but their chorizo and pumpkin salad, peppered with loads of sliced cherry tomatoes is super refreshing.  Have that as a starter before tacking one of their delish thin-crust freshly made pizzas.

For my preferred carb intake, I almost invariably head for the pasta section of the menu. It's not an extensive list so generally, whatever's the special of the day is fine by me. In the case of the picture below, I went for the handmade al dente linguini with seafood - clams, scallops, crab, shrimp - in white wine sauce.

I'll have to come back this weekend for the peri-peri chicken....something I've been wanting to try but have always avoided ordering as it takes at least half an hour to prepare.  But since I will be armed with my Sunday papers, Kindle, Blackberry and the dog, I think I can be kept nicely distracted until the courses arrive.
 
Classified - Happy Valley: 13 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley. Telephone: +852 2891 3454
Classified - great for reading, dining, wine sipping, and poodl-ing in bags.  
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