what did we eat: OLIVE

tonight - july 12 - i had dinner with my parents on the rooftop of ELEMENTS,
1 austin road west, kowloon, HK

a classy mall filled with expensive brand names i'm not sure who buys. if you care to, you can window shop lanvin, valentino, cartier, piaget, tiffany and co, chanel, prada until your feet are sore.

the mall also boasts a cinema (the grand), an ice skating rink and a pretty cool supermarket (HK's largest organic and natural one) called ThreeSixty (and i say it's cool in part because they're one of splash's clients (where i work fyi))


we ate at:
R008 at elements
t#: 852.2810.8585
open M - S 12:00 - 3:00, 6:00 - 10:30, sunday brunch 12:00 - 5:00
daily happy hour 5:30 - 7:30
middle eastern cusine, chef greg malouf


we started off with an appetizer of "Olive’s Mezza" including hummus bi tahini, cheesy Fatima’s fingers, baba ganoush, jou jou bread and olives roasted with fennel


and two main course dishes: the first which was a Duck Bistayeea - Morocco’s celebrated pie filled with sweet spiced duck, egg and almonds on a minted cabbage salad


and the second a: vegetarian moussaka with a pumpkin, chickpea and pomegranate salad


and our meal ended with a burnt honey panna cotta with candied strawberries and pine nuts

it may not seem like it was a lot of food, but my family doesn't eat very much to begin with, only the three of us since char's in chicago, and it's quite rich fare. i particularly liked the duck, i've always liked hummus and baba ganoush (my fondness of mushy food continues... or hatred of biting and chewing? not sure) and the vegetable dish was very sweet and quite unique. the panna cotta split between the three of us was just the right addition of sweetness to round off the meal. the environment is very nice and since we sat from 6:30 to 8:30 enjoying our dinner, we were first to arrive and thus had a nice quiet restaurant to ourselves, by the time we left the place was beginning to fill with about 10 - 14 occupied tables on both levels.

(description of dishes taken from Olive's menu, prices not included here but available on their website)

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