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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bite-Size Review: The Graces Restaurant at Lee Theatre Plaza

It might seem like an easy thing to satisfy - one's hankering for good, decent Cantonese food - especially when in a place like Hong Kong, for crying out loud.  But the sheer proliferation of restaurants in this city - in the low-, mid- and high-priced categories - makes it seemingly impossible to pick just one to dine for any particular meal time.  So in terms of the selection process, what one is left to go by are, firstly, personal recommendations from friends and relatives whose tastebuds you trust implicitly, then perhaps reviews from anonymous diners on online foodie sites, and lastly, the chance perusal of restaurants' OTT, self-adulatory marketing goop on flyers, magazines, posters and billboards scattered throughout the city.   Well luckily, The Graces Restaurant falls in the first category, with a couple of friends raving about their cuisine, so that was where we had our dinner one muggy evening in August.  Very reasonably-priced too (well, except for that chunk of abalone we ordered, which alone cost more than all the other dishes combined....lesson learned the expensive way, that's for sure.
Here are some of the highlights:
That expensive braised whole abalone with bakchoy

Blanched tofu with yin choi (Amaranth greens) and garlic in soup stock

A perennial favourite: steamed whole red snapper with scallions and ginger,
and drizzled with light soy sauce 
The Graces Restaurant at Lee Theatre Plaza, 20/F, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Telephone: +852 2882 1889
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