[HK] Tonbe | 豚兵衛

Saturday, February 02, 2013

With an appetite for some Japanese food, we decided to comb the corridors of Silvercord Shopping Center located at Tsim Sha Tsui, in search for some decent comfort food to satisfy our hungry stomachs.

With less than 10 tables in this bistro-styled eatery beside the escalator, we decided to give it a shot and now let us hear the verdict!

Pork cutlet with spring onion salted radish bento (葱鹽萝卜蓉吉列猪扒定食)

The pork cutlet was thick but it was cooked beautifully with a crispy batter coating the tender, succulent white meat on the inside. The balance in texture was good but the pork meat tasted slightly rough. The spring onion salted radish was an unique complement to the dish, which enhanced the savoriness of the dish. The radish was velvety and melted in our mouths, with a light fragrance owed to the spring onion lingering as after-taste.

Verdict: 8.0/10

Serving of udon in miso soup

The udon was slightly disappointing for the noodles was overcooked, resulting in a limp texture. It lacked elasticity and firmness, while the miso soup was not impressive enough to create a lasting impression. The udon was different from the usual ones with it slightly flat shape instead of the usual tube-like shape.

Verdict: 6.0/10

Signature omelette with stuffed pork loin (豚兵衛烧)

This signature dish of Tonbe saved the day. The omelette was perfectly cooked with the inside being slightly runny but tasting smooth, with a right degree of 'egg fragrance'. The pork loin on the inside, tasting like salted bacon, helped complement the overall taste with a savoury touch.

Verdict: 8.0/10

Potato cakes with stuffed cheese (软芝士薯仔)

This simple potato cake came as a surprise. With a crisp batter on the outside, the mashed potato cake was soft, yet not too dense and packed and when you give it the first bite, the stuffed cheese on the inside exploded with rich flavours. The melting butter atop the potato cake was the icing on the cake, but for the calories-conscious, this is definitely not a light-hearted treat. Having one cake would probably satiate your appetite due to the richness of the cheese and butter and not to mention that it is deep fried.

Verdict: 8.0/10

It has a cosy setting and an attempt to give a 'Japanese' feel to the eatery. Despite the limited number of tables on the inside, there was no rush for us to finish our meal (though it was not full at the time of visit) and the service of the waiting staffs was good.

Shop 305, 3/F, Silvercord
30 Canton Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2542 1777

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