New lunch menu review: The Lounge at ZEST by Konishi, Hong Kong
Read my review of The Lounge at ZEST by Konishi here!
Recently I went back to The Lounge at ZEST by Konishi to try their newly launched lunch menu. My colleague and I made our way over from Causeway Bay and enjoyed a little break from the hustle of office life — hard not to relax a bit with views this like one!
Chef Mitsuru Konishi continues his foray into more casual cuisine at The Lounge by offering some homey lunch specials and bento boxes. (We’re told they’re reminiscent of Chef’s childhood.) The menu had many tempting dishes such as the Beef Short Ribs with Udon Noodles ($158) and the classic Hamburger Steak with Fried Egg and Mushroom Sauce ($188). But we opted to go a little lighter with the Grilled Eggplant Brushed with Ginger and Soy Glaze ($148) and the Grilled Miso Black Cod Bento Box ($218). Note that all mains are served with side dishes, salad and pickles, as well as a daily deassert.
Overall I felt the meal did live up to the ‘childhood’ claim as the flavours were very authentic especially in the side dishes. The glaze on the cod, and it’s overall texture, was lovely while the caramelized eggplant was a tad too sweet for me though the crisped rice on top was a nice touch.
The Lounge is an elegant space with great service so I’d definitely recommend it for lunch meetings as well as with friends (even if you’re coming from outside of Central like we did!). Lunch starts at $148 and is available from 12 to 5pm. Even better for those that want to go with friends, these lunch specials are offered on Saturdays as well! Give it a try before it becomes hard to get a table.
29/F, 18 On Lan St, Central, 2715 0878