Eating with the fam is lovely, but sometimes the occasion calls for dinner a deux and that’s where our new Date Night Dinners column comes in! We’ll sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to where to escape the brood for a night of civilised company. And we’ll try not to fall asleep in our dessert before 9.30pm… no promises though!
First up is Club Chow, located on the 9th Floor of Sheung Wan dining hub, The Pemberton. A self-billed western fine dining eatery, we found ourselves here one Friday night a little weary from the work week, ready for something simple and well-cooked; so were a little apprehensive about a fine dining restaurant. We needn’t have worried, however, as the menu is an unpretentious, mid-range selection, focusing on straightforward classics without a foam or gel in sight.
We started with our waiter’s recommendation of mussels in a classic white wine and cream sauce, along with crab cakes. The mussels were appreciably fresh, with the marinière sauce slightly creamier than usual, and the crab cakes were tasty and subtly spiced. A gorgeous French onion soup with Parmesan croutons blew my green salad out of the water, but was light enough to leave room for the main event.
Club Chow pride themselves on the quality of their signature dishes, with a particular emphasis on seafood, so we put them to the test, ordering the lobster thermidore along with a rib eye steak. Both were very well cooked, although the steak was a little under seasoned to my taste, with the lobster being a standout here. The wine pairing for both dishes was a light Italian red, especially produced for the restaurant. This complimented both dishes surprisingly well, so top marks here.
I had spotted the tiramisu on the menu when ordering and was careful to save room for this. Along with a vanilla and raspberry panna cotta, dessert was delicious and not overly cloying or sweet, nicely concluding a decent meal at Club Chow.
Décor-wise, Club Chow is a relaxed space with stripped wooden floors, subtle lighting crafted from recycled glass and deceptively comfortable chairs. There’s a small bar area to prop up if you fancy an aperitif, and the overall feel is one of cosy informality.
With that unpretentiousness in mind, my only real question mark about Club Chow would be that ‘fine dining’ tag, as this really isn’t reflected in the ambience, menu or indeed the (very reasonable) price! If, however, you are looking for a good quality, mid-priced western meal and don’t fancy schlepping to Soho, this is a great option and we’ll definitely be back to investigate the promising looking weekend brunch.