Restoration, an authentic Cajun and Creole restaurant, located on Wyndham Street in Central, recently introduced a traditional New Orleans-style Sunday brunch and I was itching to try it for a Tiny Bites review!
Having grown up reading tales by Fannie Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe), Southern-style food like grits, beignets, biscuits and waffles sounded more exotic to me than dim sum and noodles (much as they are my soul’s comfort food). A friend of mine had recently waxed lyrical about Restoration’s All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Tuesdays, so when the opportunity arose to try their brunch, I didn’t need to be asked twice.
This is the second time I’ve eaten at Restoration: the first time I was blown away by the Bananas Fosters dessert and the crispy pork belly cubes. Needless to say, I was excited to see what they would conjure up for a Sunday brunch menu!
What’s On The Menu?
Expect homemade cheddar cheese biscuits, topped with slow-smoked pulled pork and eggs with Tasso Hollandaise; fried cat fish with soft-poached eggs and crispy hashed potatoes; fried chicken, bacon and waffles; salads, soups and more stick-to-your-rib sides like beignets, cheesy grits, breakfast sausages and bacon!
We ordered all three of the mains to share between the three of us. The first to arrive was the catfish, which was beautifully presented and tasted divine. The fish was tender, juicy and flaky and packed with flavour. The crispy hash potatoes underneath were made like vermicelli and fried until golden brown — a perfect foil to the softness of the fish. To top it all off was a perfectly poached egg smothered in Hollandaise sauce. This was definitely my favorite dish of the meal!
The cheesy biscuits with pulled pork was also scrummy, but felt much heavier texture-wise, and the extra egg on top was a tad unnecessary. The next table over ordered sides of beignets, one for each person, which arrived as two massive portions of fried goodness dusted with powdered sugar. They looked amazing and delicious, but sadly we could not fit anymore into our stuffed bellies!
The dish I most looked forward to was sadly the most disappointing, particularly as it was the signature dish. I really wanted to like the fried chicken, which came with three large chicken portions, crispy bacon and waffles. The chicken batter was so dark, to the point of being almost burnt (very indicative of the age of the oil used). The meat was so tough and dry that even I, with my massive chompers, could barely break into it. While the waffles and bacon were fine, the dish was a letdown and we left the chicken almost untouched. However, given my friend had recommended the All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Tuesdays, I’m willing to try again.
Yes, with elevator access to the restaurant.
No. It’s better suited to children 5 years and older.
No, but large portions make the menu suitable for sharing with kids. There are also a lot of sides that would serve as a child’s portion. My 6-year-old loved the waffles, bacon, catfish and the cheese biscuits.
Reasonable. There are currently three mains, starting at $138 per dish. Sides start at $50.
The brunch is available from 11:30am until 3pm. Given the cosy size of the restaurant, booking is highly recommended.
Restoration, 1/F, No. 62 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2536 0183