Created by three Michelin-starred Chef Alvin Leung and Executive Chef Yong So, the new menu will satisfy its guests with both traditional and innovative Korean flavours
It’s a piece of cake to scout out Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong like izakayas Fukuro and To Autumn, as Hong Kongers can’t keep their hands off of sushi and yakitori. But what about Korean food? Reflecting their pursuit of moving beyond urban Korean street food and creating new refreshing flavours, Bib n Hops Refined is a modern dining space in Wan Chai. Check out our review below.
Bib n Hops Refined
Renowned for holding three Michelin stars, Chef Alvin Leung, often referred to as the Demon Chef, alongside Executive Chef Yong Soo have combined their creative talents to conceive new dishes from premium ingredients, and the result is an exceptional fine dining experience that I found difficult to fault.
What do I recommend?
Start off with the Choyote Salad which contains marinated pears that are refreshing and light. The salad is topped with a creamy sauce and chopped nuts that leaves a tangy, yet savoury taste in your mouth. Its light flavours stimulate the palate and prepare you for more to come.
Yukhoe was a raw red meat dish that had been garnished with a thin fried cracker. Mix the sauces on the side of the plate together for a surprisingly sweet burst of flavour. The pieces of corn in the dish provided an interesting crisp crunch and had an almost buttery creamy yet light texture.
As the Long Jiang Chicken Skewers were placed on the table, smoke still rose from within the golden plate. Your fork immediately sinks into the tender chicken, and when placed in your mouth, you can taste the fresh smoke flavour that had been so visual before – delicious.
The Mulhoe was a brown jelly noodle dish wrapped in fresh bright orange salmon, topped with dried seaweed flakes and fresh sea urchin. Placed around the dish, large cylinders of orange fish roe and strawberries encased in a square ice-cube floated in a warm red savoury and sweet soup. The combined flavours stimulated the taste buds and the fresh seafood taste will be sure to make any lover of seafood wanting more.
Lastly, enjoy the Lobster Gaejang dish served with seaweed flavoured creamy rice and fresh sea urchin. My favourite dish of the day, the raw lobster that had been marinated for weeks and sat beautifully on the light blue plate. Combined with the rice and the sea urchin, the dish made for a delightful end to the meal.
Bib n Hops Refined mixes classic and modern Korean flavours – twisted and packaged together to create a new culinary experience never seen before. Kam sa ham ni da.
Bib n Hops Refined, Shop 13, 2/F J Residence, 40 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2882 9128, 灣仔莊士敦道60號嘉薈軒2樓13號舖