The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Revisit: Lunch @ Dondonya (Elements), Hong Kong

Although Dondonya is located in the mall downstairs, the last time we were there was before #2 was born. These days we avoid eating out with the kids because the toddler is a handful at the table, and these past few months she has taken to being a picky eater when dining out. Some people say it's good that she likes my cooking more than restaurant food, but it makes for a rather stressful eating environment with an energetic 2-year-old who refuses to eat or sit still. However there are days when I just don't want to cook or wash the dishes, and we turn to our favourites in the mall downstairs. I'm not sure why it had taken us two years to pay a revisit to this restaurant - perhaps its location on Level 2 makes it less visible - but revisiting Dondonya had us wanting more. The menu had completely changed since our previous visit, but the food quality was still good, and it's easy to see why Dondonya remains a popular choice.

Grilled Mini Purple Potatoes with Matcha Salt ($48) - simple but delicious, and hard to stop at just one or two:

Crispy Shrimps with Tofu ($58) - another moreish item for tofu fans:

The Egg Rolls with Eel ($78) is a specialty item at Dondonya, and it was tasty. It would be nicer with a higher eel to egg ratio, but that would drive up the price:

Deep-fried Layered Sangenton Pork Cutlet ($178). Hubby took the $25 upgrade to a set that included side dish (simmered soy beans), miso soup, and free refills of rice and cabbage. This was a nice choice to sample Sangenton pork, the cross-breed of three selected breeds for tenderness, juiciness, fattiness and marbling:

The Selected Seafood Rice Bowl ($208) had a few of my favourites in it - yellowtail, salmon, scallops, salmon roe, shrimps, squid and tuna. Happy to report all was fresh and the sushi rice bed was good too:

Thumbs up again for Dondonya.

[Prices above do not include the 10% service charge]

Dondonya (Elements)
Shop 2103-04
Level 2, Elements,
1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel. +85 2 2196 8589

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