Before Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver came to Hong Kong, Harlan Goldstein was quite the celebrity chef in Hong Kong. He has a few restaurants in Hong Kong and all of them are quite popular amongst Hong Kongers with a unique taste to each. I’ve been to Gold by Harlan Goldstein so I decided to take my friend to Penthouse by Harlan Goldstein for a delicious lunch before she left for Australia.
Since I made reservations, we got a seat next to the window on a busy weekday lunch hour. I assume that the view was better before because the view is currently blocked by a massive building construction. Regardless, you could still see the Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour from a small gap in between two buildings.
One thing I have to complain about the service at Penthouse was our server’s quick assumption to serve us bottled water. I wouldn’t mind drinking boiled tap water in Hong Kong but our server automatically served us a bottle of water that costed us HKD60 without asking us. Needless to say, I quickly changed back to boiled tap water after we finished the expensive bottle of water.
Their salad buffet was unlimited and since there were so many options, I had around five rounds to the salad bar. By the time I was done, I was practically full.
I was so impressed with their variety of options at the salad bar. Instead of the standard assorted greens with your choice of dressing. there were Thai salads, marinated octopus, Greek flavours and assorted meats and cheeses.
Slow Cooked Chicken
The chicken was quite juicy with a delicious exterior to it.
If I had to describe everything else on the dish, this main was relatively sweet with hints of sourness and saltiness.
The salmon was cooked perfectly with a moist and warm centre. If you wanted a seafood fare for your lunch, I would highly recommend this salmon with a curry farro as the base.
Since my friend and I took our time at the salad bar and slowly tried to finish our main dishes, their lunch round was about to end so we ate whatever desserts were left.
The best thing I’ve had from the dessert bar was Harlan Goldstein’s rich and creamy cheesecake. Actually, I wouldn’t even call it cheesecake. It just cream cheese mush with graham cracker but it was so heavenly.