Located in the quiet South Lane in Shek Tong Tsui, Cobo House is a comfortable dining location where customers can come to experience the perfect marriage of food and art. Opened by the extremely talented female chef Janice Wong, Cobo House is the one of her first overseas ventures. The restaurant serves both savoury dishes as well as her award-winning desserts. During my previous visit to Cobo House, I sampled some of the signature dessert dishes. Each dessert was an art piece on a plate; a delicious symphony of textures, flavours and temperatures. This time I decided to return for the savoury menu, to see whether it lived up to the standards set by its sweet side.
Lunch at Cobo House was a choice between two or three courses, priced at $198 and $268 respectively. Wanting to sample all three elements of their menu, we both went with the three courses lunch. After taking our orders, the waiter promptly brought us our bread basket, with EVOO and vinegar for dipping. The bread was warm and soft and not much to complain about. There were two selections, a plain bread and one with nuts and fruit. However there were only three slices of bread to share between two people, were we supposed to have half a slice each of the fruit and nut? The Lego brick basket was cute but didn’t seem to fit in with the dining atmosphere of the restaurant. I also wonder whether they clean the basket after each use (must be a pita to clean) as there were lots of bread crumbs inside the Lego gaps.
For starters, we both went with the Crab appetiser. The tomato was salad was fresh and well-dressed. The “Tomato Gelée” was more of a vegetable and fish broth gelée with crab meat inside. The gelée tasted decent with the right texture. The crab meat was quite bland and added nothing to the dish. The “caviar” that was listed on the menu was nowhere to be found.
For mains I went with the steak. According to the menu the cut of meat was listed as a Flat-iron steak, which tends to be a leaner, tougher cut. As such it is usually cooked rare or medium rare. Unfortunately my steak came out medium-well to well done, and was really tough and chewy. I contemplated sending it back but couldn’t be bothered to wait for them to redo it so I ate it anyways. The hollandaise sauce that was listed on the menu was also nowhere to be found (perhaps it’s a theme?) and replaced with a jus instead.
For desserts the waiter suggested us to try the green tea tart which wasn’t on the menu (definitely a theme..) as well as the cheese cake. The matcha tart was warm and gooey and had a rich matcha flavour complete with the bitter aftertaste that I liked. The jasmine rice sherbet was also interesting and went well with the warm tart. I didn’t try the cheese cake but comments received was that it was pretty good as well.
Overall I felt that the savoury dishes of Cobo House was pretty average only. The flavour combinations were ordinary and the execution fell short in some areas. The menu could’ve been trashed as well as the dishes being served were different to what was listed anyways. That being said, I felt the pricing was quite reasonable considering the comfortable dining environment and attentive service you get as well as being able to sample the full desserts at a discounted price. But perhaps next time I will stick with their desserts.
Cobo House by 2am:dessertbar
Tel: 2656 3088
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-00:00, Sat,Sun&PH: 12:00-00:00
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