Having been mightily impressed by new pan-Asian restaurant Fang Fang when I reviewed the dinner menu in July, I was very excited to try its newly-launched Sin-Tok-Ho set lunch menu to see if Fang Fang, the ‘mesmerising opera star’, could present as delicious a lunch as she can a dinner.
The set menu, which is available on weekdays from 12pm to 2:30pm, is inspired by the cuisines of Singapore (Sin), Tokyo (Tok) and Hong Kong (Ho), with a choice of one course ($158), two courses ($198) or three courses ($218), put together by Executive Chef Kent Lee.
The menu begins on a light note, with a choice of soup or salad. The would-be-simple mixed green salad was tossed in a lovely truffle dressing that was strong enough to add a little excitement, without being overpoweringly decadent.
The prawn and pepper soup had a savoury yet tangy broth infused with spicy pink peppercorns and one plump, juicy prawn. Had there been another, I wouldn’t have objected, but it was actually the perfect portion size to just whet my appetite.
You can then select one main from a choice of seven, but I would recommend choosing a different one to your dining companion(s) and sharing them between you. The tender pork ribs were, as the name implies, beautifully tender. They didn’t carry that same smoky flavour as the tea-smoked ribs available for dinner, but the sticky hoisin sauce was just as delicious.
The Singapore-style chicken with ginger rice was a favourite around the table. The air-dried chicken had perfectly crisp skin and tender, juicy meat beneath that paired nicely with the comforting ginger rice and homemade chilli sauce.
I also enjoyed the char kway teow, which was presented here as rolls of wok-fried cheung fun instead of flat rice noodles, that contrasted pleasantly against the fresh, crunchy beansprouts. This dish was available with seafood or vegetarian, both of which were satisfyingly addictive.
From the ‘Tok’ in the menu came the spicy tuna rolls (or vegetarian rolls as an alternative), which were packed full of flavour and easily one of my favourite dishes.
I was admittedly a little disappointed by the Singapore-style laksa, feeling that it was a little too bland and could have done with a much stronger kick of chilli to take it up a level.
I’m not sure I can fairly comment on the steamed Chilean seabass, as it was unfortunately hidden down the other end of the table, so that by the time it reached me, it had gone stone cold and rigid, although I’m hopeful that it would once have had a lovely flaky texture.
Having been disappointed by the distinct lack of Asian influence in the evening dessert menu, the desserts on the lunch set menu were thankfully much more on theme. The mango sticky rice was simple, yet satisfying and the rice had a lovely bite to it.
I wasn’t overjoyed by the green tea ice cream (I seldom am), but I did enjoy the mango and passionfruit sorbet, which was neither too sweet nor too tart and provided a nice and refreshing close to a pleasant meal.
Fang Fang’s award-winning bar manager Gagan Gurung is not left out of the Sin-Tok-Ho menu; assuming diners won’t opt for cocktails over a business lunch (although you can, of course, should you wish to!), he has created a selection of signature iced teas to pair with the meal for an additional $48 each. I tried the green apple chrysanthemum iced tea, which was refreshing, if a little too sweet for my palate.
Although I do think it’s difficult to replicate Fang Fang’s evening vibe during the day, the Sin-Tok-Ho set lunch menu is certainly a decent option for those looking for a high-end, tasty lunch in Central that won’t break the bank. I would highly recommend it just as much for a fun girls’ lunch, as for when you need to entertain clients.
8/F, LKF Tower
33 Wyndham Street
Tel: +852 2983 9083