Hong Kong, June 2017 – COBO HOUSE is the Hong Kong restaurant of Award winning Pastry Chef Janice Wong. Having been named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef by the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for two consecutive years, is no small feat. It brought the world’s attention to the petit and very young Chef Janice Wong.
Although I have been to her chocolate shops in Singapore, this was my first time visiting her restaurant. What Mr. King and I most enjoyed from this dinner were – unpretentiousness in the ambience, friendly service and of course, innovative cuisine and especially the desserts. Chef Janice created something luxurious yet playful that feels accessible to everyone.
We opted for the set dinner (HK$550) for a 3 course menu.
There are lots of elements about play in her cuisine… such as breads being served in a “basket” made of Lego blocks.
We were told that the vegetables were all grown on the roof garden of the low-rise building, which Cobo House is located.
I recommend the fish dishes, as the lamb was a bit overcooked.
Dessert time was a bit of a challenge as we were given a choice of her famed creations to choose from. We selected her first award-winning dessert – Chocolate H2O and the Matcha jasmine Garden
The Matcha Jasmine Garden is a dessert especially created for her Hong Kong restaurant and is not offered at her other restaurants in Singapore or Tokyo. If you love Matcha, you would enjoy this wonderful mixture of all forms of Matcha.
Chocolate H20 seems to look like an explosion on a plate. The chocolates used are of very high cocoa content so very intense flavors.
Cobo House’s decor is minimal chic with lots of interesting contemporary artworks. For lunch, the side walk open terrace (pretty unusual for this city) is a nice place to sit while observing the local Hong Kong street scenes. Cobo House is certainly worth a visit, if one is seeking a relaxed and innovative dining experience.
All photos were taken by Mrs. King.