。Rustico – 巴斯克蘋果酒之夜。
Spanish restaurants focusing on fine dining are certainly growing in Hong Kong but Rustico in Lai Chi Kwok gave us a cozy and friendly dining experience during the Basque Cider Festival. Crowded with food and wine lovers, Rustico was packed during dinner period.
To begin the Basque Cider Festival, we had a glass of Cider Cooler, which tasted so refreshing and sweet with rosemary honey. Apple Cider from Spain usually has a dry body. With the rosemary honey, it was much easier to drink. If you like the original dry body of Apple Cider, just order a bottle and drink it on rocks. 🙂
Our feast began with some traditional appetisers. Spanish red prawns carpaccio with Romesco sauce, Anise & Citric vinaigrette impressed me with the different layers of taste. Red prawns were sliced to a very thin layer, and on top of it, we found the Romesco sauce (with tomato and red peppers) together with walnut and lime peel. It was a good combination of sweetness and sourness. Perfect to begin the feast!
當然少不了傳統的脆炸雞肉忌廉球（croquettes) 和炸西班牙青椒 (Padron pepper) ，很喜歡那炸得又脆又香的忌廉球，配上Manchego 芝士，芝士味特別香濃，外脆內軟的，真的十分美味。而西班牙青椒總是最佳的佐酒小菜，飲著蘋果酒食便適合不過了。
And we couldn’t miss the deep-fried croquettes and Padron peppers for sure. This deep-fried croquettes were actually made with chicken and served with manchego cheese. Crispy and cheesy! The Padron peppers were perfect to pair with the apple cider!
Main courses in the big feast are always being looked forward to. The baked whole sea bream with sea salt served with green salad looked stunning with the sea salt covering the whole sea bream. It was a challenge to chef to maintain the time and food quality. The sea bream didn’t have much seasoning. Just a few drops of lemon juice and thyme have enhanced its freshness. Charcoal grilled T-bone steak with baked potatoes carries less fat than the steak I usually have. However the juiciness was well reminded. Seafood paella was made with rich seafood stock and served in big pan for 4 pax.
Last but not least, we couldn’t miss the Spanish Churros with vanilla cream and chocolate mousse to complete our dinner. Not even slightly greasiness at the churros. The sugar stayed well on the churros. Remember to take photos promptly and don’t let the churros turn soft.
Address: Shop G01, G/F, D2 Place, Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kwok
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays 12.00-22.30