Having lunch in Hong Kong can be a very exciting affair. Armies of hungry co-workers poured out of office lifts for their well-deserved break, welcomed by dozens of eateries all fighting for their patronage. Chinese fast food, burger joints, exquisite cafes, take your pick!
Located at the commercial/shopping complex of Harbour City, Niji served Japanese-Western dishes and was recommended by a friend working nearby, being her regular place for get-together lunch. Decor was simple with a touch of elegance, while service was speedy and efficient with crew brisk-walking to and fro the kitchen and tables. They knew that you only got a precious hour to spare!
If you are wondering about the word "gifts" on the first photo, that's because they use and sell the premium brand of Noritake kitchenware. Reminds me of our Royal Copenhagen tea lounge!
Daily Salad, Clear Onion Soup with Croissant
4-course lunch sets are priced at an affordable range of HKD58+ to HKD108+ (Notice the singular +? No GST in HK!), depending on the 5 attractive options for mains. My mom and friend had the salad for appetiser, very light and refreshing with the drizzling of sesame sauce. OLs would want this!
My soup was nicely littered with onion and carrot bits and I particularly welcomed the pairing of warm, buttery mini-croissant instead of the usual bread slices. Off to a good start!
Curry Udon with Kurobuta Pork Slices, Curry Rice with Chicken
Being the Japanese type of curry, it was thick and flavourful without the spiciness. Mom's choice of udon was smooth and bouncy but with a slight powdery aftertaste, while I loved the tender, marbled slices of the prized black pig.
The curry rice was nothing much to shout about with decent Japanese round-grain rice and chunks of thigh meat, but I was having a craving for curry rice that noon so it suited me just fine!
Duo of Cheesecake
Desserts was two delightful cubes of classic cheesecake (with a layer of jelly whose flavour I couldn't figure out) and Oreo cheesecake. Nothing fascinating, I wouldn't be surprised if it came from an external vendor, but still adding a very nice touch for the sweet tooth!
Brewed Lemon Tea
And rounding it all up with a nice cup of coffee or tea! Overall, Niji offered very value-for-money lunch options that were popular with white-collars. After a round of satisfying food and casual gossiping, its back to the office for them and more shopping for me! I know I should quit gloating.. my time will come!
Niji Bistro Shop 3208, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road Tel: 2175 0203