With the recent opening of the new MTR station, Kennedy Town continues to grow as a foodie destination. Most newcomers these days focus on bringing something funky and hip to the neighbourhood and making a big splash. Others, such as The Pierside on Davis Street, just add to the sleepy, homely charm that makes Kennedy Town what it is.
The Pierside has a lovely, welcoming vibe and fun, inviting décor. One wall is all black, white and mirrors, whilst the opposite wall is lined with bright, colourful tiles that go right up to the toweringly high ceilings that make this long, narrow space seem bigger than it is.
The restaurant specialises in lobster and steak, so you can expect to eat at least one whole crustacean over the course of your evening. Ours began with a generously portioned lobster roll in a buttery brioche bun. Let me start by saying that if you’re not a fan of celery, you’d probably not enjoy this all that much. Thankfully I like celery, so I didn’t mind the large chunks that made up more of the filling than the lobster itself. In spite of this, it was nicely seasoned and we loved the fluffy brioche bun. Although this was a starter, it still came with chips, which were dangerously good.
The live Maine lobster tartare wasn’t anything to write home about. The flavour and texture weren’t too dissimilar to that of the lobster roll, except that there were chunks of buttery avocado running through it and a pile of shredded lettuce that gave it an added crunch, but wasn’t entirely necessary.
We had high hopes for the beautiful and sizeable grilled squid that came presented on a bed of salad. Unfortunately, however, although the squid was perfectly cooked and you could occasionally taste a nice char coming through, it lacked seasoning and the sherry vinaigrette on the salad was a little overpowering.
For mains, we decided to stick to what the restaurant does best, so we shared a whole live Maine lobster and a US Brandt Family rib-eye steak. The former, grilled and served with garlic butter sauce, was absolutely delicious. There was more than enough succulent meat for each of us, which had a sweet flavour on its own and was even more amazing when smothered in the garlicky sauce.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the rib-eye, which was a perfect medium-rare and wonderfully tender and flavoursome. It barely needed the accompanying beef jus, and was even more intense smothered in a dollop of rich truffle mashed potato or paired with some buttery sautéed mushrooms.
I couldn’t eat the dessert as I was still not eating sugar, but my guinea pig tells me that the pineapple crumble was interesting, yet not as good as a classic apple crumble. The crumble itself was not thick enough nor sweet enough to balance the tart pineapple.
What was apparently incredible, however, was the DIY ice cream sundae, consisting of vanilla bean ice cream, sprinkles, crumbled oreos, crunchy cereal and chocolate flakes, with the option of strawberry or chocolate sauce. It’s the kind of dessert that makes you feel young again and would instantly put a smile on your face.
Service at The Pierside was very good and personal. Prices are fairly reasonable too, considering the portion sizes and quality of the lobster and steak, so you can expect to pay around $500-700 for a three-course crustacean-filled meal. The Pierside is a refreshingly lovely little place that backs-up my appreciation of charming K-Town.
G/F, 1B Davis Street
Tel: +852 2398 1838