Being secluded from the busy streets of Mong Kok means that Alibi makes for a great place to wine and dine; be it with friends, colleagues, or even alone. The décor is fresh, yet oozes elegance and charm with its industrial-chic charm; tweed-clad armchairs, industrial-style lighting and the surprising amount of space, allow for a thoroughly relaxing experience.
Alibi certainly doesn’t do things by halves when it comes to giving their customers the best choices possible; even their drinks menu is impressively extensive, you’ll be spoilt for choice on wine and cocktails (but try dining a little later if you’re wanting to sample their infamous cocktails too). The food here is fresh and light; perfect for the hot and humid summer days we’re subjected to in Hong Kong and ideal if you’re looking for some healthy alternatives to burgers, pizza, or even a carb-heavy dim sum. One of the latest appetisers available is the grilled white asparagus and crab salad, accompanied with quail eggs, sweet peas, pink grapefruit and a truffle dressing.
Not only is the presentation exquisite, but the different flavors and textures work exceedingly well to provide you with an intriguing and healthy starter. The slight crunch of the grilled asparagus paired with the crab salad and truffle oil is to die for, whilst the pink grapefruit gives you that zesty, palate-cleansing finish.
Next, gnocchi would have to be the main of choice. These homemade dumplings, made from potato, are surprisingly fluffy and unlike any we’ve tried before, they are slathered in just the right amount of truffle (there seems to be a trend here) sauce, parmesan and parsley. The fresh flavors are strong without being too overpowering, and the entire dish is light enough to allow room for the all important sweet treat.
If you’re feeling super peckish, and wanting that little bit extra on the side of your main meal, then be sure to try the Cassava fries. Cassava is an edible tuberous root from a woody shrub that is native to South America, and it has been turned into a ‘healthier’ alternative to fries that competes with the renowned American favorite. You can barely tell that they are not made from the usual potato, and the truffle aioli on the side beats ketchup any day.
For those who can’t say no to dessert, and are in need of satisfying their chocolate craving, the chocolate ganache tart works to do just that with its crispy casing and smooth chocolate middle. It’s a sizeable portion that comes with cocoa nibs, vanilla ice cream and some intriguing Kahlua marshmallows, though these could have done with a little more of a kick.
Alibi serves fresh cuisine that is generous in both portion and quality, offering creative presentation and flavors that are hard to beat.
|Overall stars (4/5): ★★★★★||Atmosphere: ★★★★★|
|Food: ★★★★★||Service: ★★★★|
|Opening hours: Sun – Thurs 10am – 1am, Fri – Sat 10am – 2am||Reservations: Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Address: 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong||Sound: Chilled|
|Nearest tube station: Mongkok||Price: $400+ HKD|
|Telephone number: +852 3552 3028||Website: http://www.cordishotels.com/en/hong-kong/restaurants-and-bars/alibi-wine-dine-be-social/|