Locally Cured Pastrami: The basement of Jardine House is now home to one Morty’s Delicatessen, a New York City deli specializing in pastrami sandwiches and smoked meats.
Look & Feel: Picture an upscale diner, where the tables are marble-patterned and there’s an open kitchen showcasing the chefs at work. Otherwise, the setup at Morty’s is pretty casual — patrons can stand and chill at the bar rather than sit down for the meal.
On the Menu: Smoked meat sandwiches served on rye take center stage at Morty’s — whether it’s pastrami, duck, chicken or turkey. The pastrami is smoked and cured in-house, following a 45-day dry-aging regimen. There’s the signature “Reuben” sandwich ($118-$148) that replaces usual corned beef with smoked pastrami but still has all the other goodies: Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Then there’s the simpler Classic Pastrami ($108-$138) sandwich paired with mustard. There’s also a whole bunch of other items and sides like salads and “poutines” (Morty’s-style, so don’t expect them like they make it in the True North).
Jeng: A good sandwich is relatively rare to come by in Hong Kong, and the pastrami-based specialties at Morty’s really hit the spot. From the hefty portion sizes to the delicious red cut, to the fact that the sammies are paired with a large pickle, the deli tries to faithfully recreate the NYC experience.
Not So Jeng: Have you ever been to the basement of Jardine House 1? This place is so tucked away it would qualify as a hidden gem if it weren’t in a giant commercial building.
Service: Expect friendly and no-nonsense service from the staff.
Great For: After-work nibbles, breakfast outside the office, a hearty lunch.
FYI: Centralites, rejoice: Morty’s is open for breakfast! And yes, you can get a bagel.
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