Look & Feel: Hidden in a quiet corner of the massive K11 Musea mall, G Room is one of those places that you have to know about to enjoy. Once you get there though, the surprises continue. The dining space is small—there are only about six tables, so it feels endearingly exclusive. Adding to the elevated feel, the sophisticated space sports curved banquettes and chairs in muted grey-purple shades, marble-topped table, glam cutlery and crockery, and a zen-inspired wood-tiled floor. The pièce-de-résistance, though, are the curved walls above the tables. They’re fitted with 360ᐤ ultra-high definition screens showcasing images and videos that offer life-like immersive experiences that transport guests to another place—think quiet Venetian backstreets, Japanese forest bathing, and swimming with turtles. I couldn’t tell you why the team decided to include this, but it sure looks pretty.
On the Menu: G Room brands its culinary offerings as “elegant Western-Asian tapas,” and certainly, clash-of-culture menus are all the rage in Hong Kong right now. Kudos to the restaurant for staying on trend, then. But the reality is it’s difficult to understand what this vague term means. For the sake of brevity, we’ll brand it as the melding of ingredients and cooking techniques from both sides of the globe.
I’m apprehensive as we sit down to lunch—Western-Asian meals have a way of going horribly wrong. But the first starter, the 63-Degree Poached Japanese Egg with Shaved Truffle and Iberico Ham (HK$128) is a knock-out punch of rich umami flavor and I have to restrain myself from eating the whole dish on my own. By my books, this was the highlight of the meal, though the jet-fresh Thai-style Hamachi Crudo ($168) was solid, too, thanks to a spicy kick.
Another winner? The G Room Seafood Platter (HK$298) which features an array of ocean-fried, deep-fried goodness. Think melt-in-your-mouth Thai fish cakes, fried prawns and calamari—and some fried zucchini flowers, just to pretend you’re eating your vegetables.
The Whole Lobster “Paella” (HK$598) is a signature of the G Room, but unfortunately, it doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Branded a Southeast Asian take on a traditional Spanish paella, the dish pairs crisp Asian-style fried rice with Iberico ham and tops it with a whole Boston Lobster. There’s promise, but it feels a little dry and lacks flavor. For the price you’re paying, you’d hope for more. Similarly, the Signature Roasted Suckling Pig with Padrom Peppers ($338) was somewhat dry and bland and came off feeling a bit lackluster.
Jeng: The intimacy, the decor, and that seriously decadent 63-Degree Poached Japanese Egg with Shaved Truffle and Iberico Ham
Not So Jeng: It’s only just opened, so we’d be willing to give it another go. But in the meantime, the G Room should probably take another look at its culinary execution. Some dishes were a real delight, but others were just passable. It would be great to streamline the dishes and get a little more consistency. Service was also a bit inconsistent, but it’s early days yet and no doubt that will be smoothed out very quickly.
FYI: G Room does a surprisingly affordable six-course set lunch ($268) and a photogenic afternoon tea ($398).
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