SC's birthday is normally our annual chance to seriously splurge on a meal and have a date night minus OB.
However, this year is a game changer. I asked SC if he wanted to bring OB and he said yes, he'd love to bring our naughty little monster. He felt that OB's so ready for fine dining.
He's of course - so wrong.
OB is not the type of boy who could sit still and eat course after course of meal (not sure if such a 4 year old exists?), he'd try to stand on the chair and drop utensils on the floor.. argghhh.
To him, meals are boring unless it comes with a toy, or is made of chocolate, or is fries with ketchup.
Luckily, our appetizer did come with some sort of "fries" and OB asked for a couple of servings of ketchup. Soon, he started to enjoy himself and we could all relax a bit and celebrate SC's birthday.
This was the bread.
Crunchy exterior, chewy interior. Tasty dipping. Love.
Almost forgot to mention one very important thing.
This place has an AMAZING VIEW of Hong Kong, and we're happy to have been seated by the window.
Ok, back to food.
Came with extra potato gaufrettes. Life savior. This kept OB busy.
OB kept asking for more ketchup.
SC had the barramundi as his main. Absolutely delicious. I love how it has enough acidity in it.
I chose the duck "shepherd's pie"
I love the flavors, tasty savoury with lots of acidity, but the texture is a bit like creamy porridge.
We had this with the remaining of potato gaufrettes from the beef tartare and ordered extra bread (low-carb diet FAIL) for some crunch.
Cafe Gray Deluxe has a kids' menu for Sunday brunch, which is awesome.
It doesn't make any sense to order a full adult meal for OB, and to have him eat our food... we wouldn't have enough.
Oh, I so love child friendly places.
They also have high chairs, kids utensils, color pencils if needed.
And there were other noisy kids too (so I don't feel that I'm the only one with a naughty kid teehee!)
We wanted to choose burger and fries for OB, but these days he wants to make his own choices and he asked for pasta instead, so we ordered the linguini.
The linguini arrived rather late, almost after SC and I finished our mains (which we did within 5 minutes after serving). Our servers were very apologetic and they waived this dish from our bill. We appreciate the nice gesture.
Perfectly cooked pasta, tasty tomato sauce. We were worried about how it doesn't have any meat it in and OB may not like it, but we were wrong. The sauce's very flavourful with enough kick of acidity.
Did OB approve?
Yes, he likey!
I ordered espresso martini, but requested them to replace vodka with something else as I am allergic.
Yummy laaaaa. Cheers.
Birthday boy had this redhead... carrot juice X ginger ale.
I don't like the floating carrot bits in this... and I am not a big fan of carrots, so it's all SC's.
OB yelled "chocolate, chocolate, CHOCOLATE!" when we were choosing (I don't know this boy, really... whose naughty kid is that?)
So we had chocolate.
OB is not the boss of me, I wanted chocolate too #denial.
Grand marnier chocolate mousse.
Chocolate & key lime tart for the birthday boy.
The key lime tart was ace!
We were stuffed at that point, so we had our chocolates packed in a box to go.
Happy birthday again to SC!
Will we go back to Cafe Gray Deluxe?
Should I mention again that the view is amazing?
I hope to visit again in the evening.
About HK$366 per person for this meal.
(OB's linguini was waived tho)
Cafe Gray Deluxe
Level 49, the Upper House
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
(Yay! Email booking - I hate making phone calls)