Get Us to the Greek: Greek food doesn’t have much of a foothold in Hong Kong, but that could soon change with the opening of Estiatorio Keia, a flashy new Greek restaurant in the heart of Central.
Look & Feel: Throw all thoughts of a humble Greek taverna out the window. This is Greek served with a huge helping of style and swagger. Taking inspiration from the famous islands, Estiatorio is awash in plenty of white, while artworks that pay homage to the sea adorn the walls. It’s all pulled together with highlights of gold, making this an upscale modern Greek eatery.
On the Menu: Lots of seafood, done up in deliciously unfussy Greek style. Each dish was bright, fresh and bursting with flavor. Simplicity is key at Estiatorio Keia, so ingredients are given the chance to shine without being overpowered by heavy sauces and unnecessary additions. You’ll need to start with the Keia Salata (Greek salad, natch, $158), the moreish Graviera/Saganaki ($138) which is perfectly balanced with pear and ouzo, and the Xtapodi/Grilled Octopus Leg ($248) which pairs well with the mushy Santorini lava beans. For mains, don’t go past the Thalassinon Me Bottarga / Seafood Bucatini with Bottarga ($278) where perfectly al dente pasta is paired with mussels, calamari, and shrimp. It’s the kind of dish you finish even if you’re stuffed to the gills – we killed two plates with absolutely no regrets. Save room for dessert though. The Ekmek ($118) was a well-balanced treat made with kataifi fillo, vanilla cream and pistachios. There’s also a great selection of drinks on offer. Be sure to try the Cradle of Life cocktail.
Jeng: Most restaurants like this would be considered overpriced – Estiatorio Keia manages to keep prices at an acceptable level while offering genuinely good food, drinks and atmosphere.
Not so Jeng: It’s already a hit among Hongkongers, which means the restaurant is super busy. Book ahead to guarantee a table, and be patient as you’ll probably wait a little for your drinks and dishes to show up at your table.
Meet the Chef: Alexis Zopas was poached from one of Mykonos’ hippest restaurants – Scorpios – to bring his fresh, pure take on Greek cuisine to Hong Kong.
Great For: Scene-y dinners, celebratory occasions, impressing your date.
FYI: The alfresco terrace at the back of the restaurant is great for aperitifs or post-prandials.
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