Night 5, Hong Kong:
The owners of the ever-popular sunset lounge Ku De Ta in Bali have newly opened their latest instalment, CÉ LA VI in Hong Kong. Last night, my cousin and I headed up to the swanky restaurant, bar, and club on the top floor of California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong to check it out (and of course the amazing views of the harbour city!) and for a long overdue girly catch-up.
California Tower opened around 6 months ago and towers high over D’Aguilar Street. You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but the commercial-looking building houses trendy restaurants, bars and clubs on each floor. CÉ LA VI occupies the highest 3 floors and boasts floor to ceiling glass panes with panoramic views of the city and the harbour. The highest floor is the restaurant, another floor is the bar, and the third is the club.
The vibe is definitely trendy. CÉ LA VI features black, polished marble funiture which blends in with the super dimmed lights inside and a night sky lit up by city lights outside, and chilled house beats pumping out all night.
I ordered a Japanese sake – pear cocktail and it was super refreshing, light and a little sweet on the palette, just the way I liked it. My cousin opted for a whisky-orange-mint cocktail and the flavours were great, something that whisky lovers would enjoy!
The menu is Japanese-fusion tapas style and we ordered 5 dishes to share and were soo full!
First up was fois gras French toast. The fois gras was excellent quality and there was a lot of it. The French toast was thin and crisp. I wish there were more of it!
The chicken scallion skewers were glazed with a mixture of really yummy soy-based sauce. The chicken was cooked to perfection, it melted in my mouth.
Next up was the California roll. The ingredients were extremely fresh, and if I’m being harsh, this was probably the most average dish of the night (but still good!).
We also ordered some squid tempura with sweet and spicy sauce. The batter was light and thin.
Next up, the final dish of the evening, was the short ribs, with USDA prime rib steak, kabocha wild mushroom ravioli, and teriyaki veal jus. This was my favourite dish of the night. The rib steak was so incredibly tender, and the teriyaki glaze on the beef was perfection! Love, love, love this dish! Shame I was so full and didn’t eat as much as I would have liked.
Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert.
Verdict? I was blown away by the ambience and decor – this is definitely the highlight and stands out from all my other Hong Kong dining experiences. Cocktails were incredible. Food – some dishes were a real hit that I’d order again and again, and others were good. Overall, 5 stars, and I’d come here again just to be wowed by the ambience and decor itself!