Hong Kong, August 2017 – Social Place at the L Place is a breathe of fresh air in the Chinese culinary world. It serves high quality Cantonese dim sum with a modern twist. The restaurant is designed around a communal dining concept with open kitchens, and this creates a bustling ambience.
Truffle Shitake Buns (HK$49) – This is the most popular signature dish at Social Place. These buns are actually stuffed with shitake mushrooms and black truffles, but disguised as a mushroom. The aroma of truffles is unmistakable.
Roast Pigeon (HK$29) – I personally think roast pigeon represents nostalgic Hong Kong from the 70-80s. The pigeon is cut into two halves, and it is intended to be eaten by hand. Yummy! At US$3.50 per pigeon, only catch is that each table is limited to 1 pigeon per diner.
Daily Double Boiled Soup ($79) – Aside from dim sum, Social Place is known for their 4-hour double boiled soups. The daily soup was winter melon , and I found it very flavorful and hearty.
Sichuan Chili Chicken – Although it didn’t look as creative as other dishes, this chicken was very delicious and packed with chili and spices.
Poached Pear in Aged Osmanthus Wine (HK$59) – This gorgeous dessert is flavored with sweet osmanthus wine, which exerts such beautiful floral notes.
Pig-Shaped Sweet Potato Bun (HK$29) – Taro purple stuffing is inside these adorable piglet buns. Sweet treats!
The other signature dishes are:
Steamed Rose Floret Bun – This is a very elegant “Man Tao” decorated as a rose.
Mung Bean Buns – The buns are black with strips of gold on top.
Pineapple Rice – Many tables ordered this, and the pineapple was in flames…so it is quite a show. Get those cameras ready!
Social Place emphasizes on using high quality ingredients and no MSG. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. I love the idea of having dim sum during dinner. Reservations are highly-recommended as there is usually a queue during peak times.
SOCIAL PLACE -The L. Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
All photos were taken by Mrs. King.