SHE: a speakeasy for dimsum?
Somewhere in the corner of ifc Lane Crawford is a snazzy new restaurant. that is so well hidden, you may have thought it was part of a concept. Alas, it is not, it’s just really, really hard to find, but because of this precise reason, it might be the next best-kept secret for amazing al-fresco in town. S.H.E. is the new contemporary Chinese restaurant nestled in Lane Crawford with excellent jazzed up dim sum and an unforgettable veranda.
We started off our course with an excellent array of dimsum and small dishes, some quite familiar, some not so much. The former would include the rose gold har gow, which honestly was like any other quality har gow but with a brighter pink sheen and a gold leaf deco on top. Still, it is a har gow, and it is pink, and for that we deem it #instaworthy. The tri-colour dumplings with prawn, veggie and pine nuts were a little more interesting with the pine nuts playing a more delicate role than the usual crunchy peanuts found in chiuchow style dumplings.
The dimsum that did stand out for us was the stuffed truffle balls with minced meat and mushrooms. A play on the original hom sui gok, and shaped to imitate the look of a ball of black truffle, this particular dim sum featured 3 different types of mushrooms, iberico pork and bacon.
Other dishes during the meal included the caviar shrimp toast which were delicious but not notably different to the original. The honey glazed BBQ Iberico Charsiu was tender and not too overly sweet, served atop a candle that caramelised the sauce that was poured over it. Other notable highlights of the evening included the yin yang style salted egg yolk and horseradish prawns and the giant dish of wok-fried supreme lobster noodle.
The food, the drinks, the service, the ingredients, they were all quality, but it was really their al-fresco that really took us away. A good part of the restaurant is their al-fresco veranda, facing the Victoria Harbour, a rare quiet and intimate space with the most beautiful view. There’s a lot of restaurants like this all across the harbour at Tsim Sha Tsui. But this kind of quiet unfettered view is pretty rare to find from the Hong Kong Island side.
Would we go to S.H.E. solely for the food? Probably not, the appeal of S.H.E is very much in its location and in its al-fresco. We've already put it in our personal list of favourite al-frescos, so we certainly will be coming back. S.H.E might just have become our next new weekend go-to for al-fresco drinking.