Woolly Pig HK join forces with former Bibo and TRI chef Conor Beach for a preservation-focused restaurant with a great affordable wine list.
Text by Iris Wong
While the intimate (also reads dimly-lit) interior and unassuming logo had us walk pass 12,000 FRANCS wondering if Google Maps have failed us once again, all was forgiven upon entering this stylish establishment of tasteful greyscale mosaics, washed teal walls, functional wine glass chandeliers and Paire de Porcs wine buckets.
Not limiting itself to a particular cuisine, the menu is divided into sections of “Picked + Potted”, “Smoke + Salted”, “Vacuum + Fire” and “Sugar + Cultured”. We had the bonito tartare ($190) to start. Made with raw bonito and olive oil aubergine in almond aioli and coriander, the tangy yet creamy dish was the perfect palate-whetter for the foie gras parfait ($170) to follow. No doubt one of the highlights of our meal, the terrine was topped with jalapeño for a piquant kick to cut through the heaviness of the foie gras. The accompanying house-fired malted sourdough toasts were also exceptional.
The Applewood-smoked lamb spare ribs ($400, for two to four) with salsa verde and seasonal veggies (we had parsnips) was tender and succulent without the usual gaminess found in lamb. For desserts, the moreish K.A Pastry ($80), essentially a reinvented kouign amann with maple pecan, pumpkin purée and a side of vanilla ice cream makes for a superb winter dessert; while it is debatable whether Better Than Nutella ($98) is actually better than Nutella, the bread pudding on a bed of warm chocolate hazelnut mousse ended our meal on a high note.
The menu of modern comfort food pairs well with its 80 label-strong, New World-leaning wine list. For those looking for a refined yet relaxed watering hole, 12,000 FRANCS’ communal “Sommelier’s Table” also renders it a great wine bar for the after-work crowd.
Spending: $1,500, dinner for four
Highlights: foie gras parfait, K.A Pastry, the G&T on tap alone is worth a visit
What else: happy hour (30 per cent off all wine by the glass) is Monday to Friday, 5pm – 7pm
43A Elgin Street, SoHo
Tel: 2529 3100