Now that summer is in full swing, The Pulse in Repulse Bay seems to be the place to be. It’s actually almost too hot to be on the beach, so people are taking refuge in the air conditioning of The Pulse, where they can still have full view of the beach. To fit in with the array of eateries along this strip, a restaurant has got to be pretty cool. Meen & Rice is one of the latest restaurants to open here, and cool is definitely a word I would use to describe it.
Meen & Rice is brought to us by Yenn Wong of JIA Group, the same group behind 208, Chachawan, Duddell’s and the three Jason Atherton restaurants. It’s a casual dining concept that specialises in Cantonese noodle (meen) and rice dishes, as well as other Hong Kong favourites, of course all presented in a style you know to expect from any of Yenn’s restaurants.
The design is also very cool, featuring rows of noodle strainers hanging from the ceiling and panels of Chinese caligraphy, which all looks stunning set against the beach backdrop.
If Meen & Rice focuses on Hong Kong favourites, then it was only fitting to order one of my absolute favourite Hong Kong dishes – char siu. Here the fat to meat ratio was absolutely spot on, the pork wonderfully tender and marinated with a delicious honey glaze.
Salt and pepper squid is another of my favourite dishes that always brings me joy. Meen & Rice was no exception, although I do wish it had had just a sprinkling more pepper, or even chopped chilli to give it a bit of a kick. The batter, however, was light and crispy, and the squid itself cooked to a satisfyingly bouncy perfection.
The stir-fried rice noodles with beef, albeit a little on the oily side, represented Hong Kong comfort food at its very best. This is one of those simple dishes that reminds me of growing up in HK and will therefore forever be special.
Just because we felt we ought to have something a little healthy to counterbalance the fried dishes, we also ordered a plate of steamed choi sum served very simply with a side of oyster sauce.
The bill, including a couple of soft drinks, came to under $500 for the two of us – obviously this is more than what you’d pay at a typical cha chaan teng, but for good, comforting Cantonese fare in a lovely beachside setting, it’s actually very reasonable. Service was decent, but some of the staff couldn’t speak a great deal of English, which meant asking at least three different waiters for some chilli sauce. Cantonese food isn’t something I’d usually go for either side of an afternoon at the beach, but at least it’s good to know that the option is there, and it’s a very good option too!
Meen & Rice
Level 1, The Pulse
28 Beach Road
Tel: +852 2566 8886