Eco Chinese: A sophisticated foodie addition to Causeway Bay, John Anthony is a contemporary Chinese eatery with a firm focus on sustainability. It’s also one of the latest restaurant concepts by Maximal Concepts.
Look & Feel: Bright, modern and elegant, John Anthony is a pretty restaurant, but it’s made even more so by all the thought that’s gone into creating an eco-friendly design. The jewel-hued paints are plant-based or natural; menus and coasters are upcycled from waste plastic and paper; light are energy-efficient and use reclaimed metal and natural bamboo.
On the Menu: This is Chinese food, but not, perhaps, as you know it. Fresh ingredients and modern Chinese cooking techniques have come together to create a menu of intelligent, creative dishes — though in all honesty, some work better than others. Dim Sum is of course, available, but don’t expect the classics. Sui mai is given a modern twist with vego ingredients and truffle ($45), and the Cantonese chili wontons are as fiery and delicious as you’d expect ($65), but the stir-fried prawns kung pow-style ($235) were easily the favorite of the day. Of course, grilled meats are the speciality here, so you’ll also find a wealth of barbecue plates on the menu. All the food is beautifully paired with a range of creative drinks and teas — though a sweet-infused gin for dessert was something of a surprise.
Jeng: The restaurant is truly well designed, and the food offers a nice, different take on traditional Cantonese.
Not so Jeng: Often, a little creativity goes a long way — some dishes slightly overstepped the mark. Also since the restaurant is in a basement, it’s all too easy to lose track of time.
Meet the Chef: Executive Chef Saito Chau teamed up with Mott 32’s Group Executive Chef Lee Man-Sing to create the menu for John Anthony.
Great For: Trying a fun, innovative take on Chinese cuisine.
FYI: A number of dishes — especially the dim sum plates — are available at lunch only, so don’t set your heart on anything in particular.
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