By Emily McCabe
Walking into Seafood Room restaurant was an over-the-top experience; a feast for the eyes. Trying to digest all the ocean inspired artwork and décor before we reached our table was a difficult task, and we all slowed right down to take it all in. I can imagine this place being a good spot for a dinner date – every wall is adorned with something different and interesting, so there’s lots too look at when you’re stumped for conversation!
The space is a generous 8,000 square feet and is filled to the brim with artwork by Murakami and Adrien Brody, both of whom were in Hong Kong for the opening of the restaurant back in April this year. Along with the large dining area, there is a centralised open kitchen, buzzing with energy, and a more than generous rooftop terrace, perfect for large groups and for the coming cooler months. Also, being on the 26th floor of this new Causeway Bay tower means sweeping views of the HK skyline and harbour we all love so much. All in all, first impressions were pretty great.
Fairly new to the scene, Seafood Room has quickly become the city’s hottest dining concept. According to Executive Chef James Cornwall, previously of London’s legendary seafood restaurant, J Sheekey, it’s all about “honest, seasonal and uncomplicated cooking, always executed with passion’.
This is definitely a philosophy and passion you can see translated directly to the plate. The effort and presentation stand out here – so much so that it was hard to choose favourites. A must-try was the rainbow trout carpaccio ($195), finely sliced, fresh and light. The langoustine tartare ($290) was similarly amazing; in fact, I could literally live on this and only this. Also not to be missed is the warm octopus salad ($240) – delicious!
If you can, make sure to relax in the lounge for a cocktail by resident mixologist Match (previously Bar Captain at Flint Grill & Bar at the JW Marriott); try the Eastern Alexander, made with Bols Genever, crème de cacao, Frangelico, coconut cream, fresh ginger and sago. Yum! – Em
26/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
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