Pigs in a blanket and an accompanying mustard dip
A street I walked along on my way to
the MTR station after dinner
Looking up at the night sky and tops of
surrounding skyscrapers in the same area
After work one day, the blogger behind The Fragrant Harbour and I went to The Roundhouse for dinner and drinks. As I told her on our first visit a few weeks ago, if only the food menu was as interesting as its microbeer selection, I could see that Soho establishment becoming a favorite of mine. So, yes, the truth is that we went there again that evening because I was pining to try more microbrews (or craft beers, as they appear to be more popularly known in Hong Kong these days) -- though we definitely did make sure to order some food along with drinks.
Rather than go for the barbecue like I did the first time around, I went for a special -- pigs in a blanket, a dish that I was first introduced to as a college student at Beloit all those years ago. The microbrews (including a Russian imperial stout and a Belgian lambic) that I had that evening, on the other hand, sent me back to my graduate student days at Penn -- for Philadelphia was where I became a beer geek!
Atmosphere- as well as food-wise, there were moments that evening at The Roundhouse when I felt like I had been transported back and thousands of miles away to the US. But upon exiting the place, it only took a few minutes outside to be squarely reminded that I was squarely in Hong Kong.
Granted that Soho is home to its share of restaurants serving up cuisines associated with territories as far flung as Australia (Jaspas) and Argentina (La Pampa Argentinian Steak House), and many points in between. Also, that a small Taoist temple nearby I associate more with a transnational movie with a Thai director at the helm -- specifically Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's Invisible Waves.
But there still is a distinctly Hong Kong air to it as far as I'm concerned -- and ditto (and all the more so, in fact) with Sheung Wan, where the nearest MTR station to the part of Soho we had been in is located. More than incidentally, this atmospheric neighborhood is where much of Johnnie To's The Sparrow was filmed. And like Simon Yam's character in it, I was inspired to snap some photos there -- and if I may say so, I reckon that at least one of them looks like it could be a still from a movie! ;b