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He might just be! For those of you who might not know (if you have been hiding under a rock), Jason Atherton is one of the hottest global celebrity chefs these days with restaurants from London to Shanghai. His first restaurant was actually in Shanghai, China at the Waterhouse Hotel in 2010, called Table No. 1. Pollen Street Social came next to set the culinary world abuzz, in the Mayfair section of London in 2011 and today, has earned 1 Michelin Star. Since then he opened 2 more restaurants in London and has been prolifically expanding in Asia. Today there are 2 restaurants in Singapore – Pollen and Esquina. A 2nd post opened in Shanghai, Commune Social. And in Hong Kong there is 22 Ships and Keong Saik Snacks.

 

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I recently had the chance to visit 22 Ships in Hong Kong in the former red light district of Hong Kong, Wan Chai. Similar to Esquina in Singapore, it features a Spanish tapas menu with limited seating and mostly around a bar facing into an open kitchen. Here the team makes the faultless assembly of some spectacularly addictive dishes.

The menu is short and sweet, and in fact is your placemat on which to dine. While everything is purported to be amazing, I can personally recommend a few outstanding dishes that I enjoyed.

It would be criminal to dine at 22 Ships without trying the Char Grilled Iberico Pork Foie Gras Mini Burgers. In some ways I am both happy and sad the portions are bite sized. Happy because I suspect I could eat an unlimited quantity of these melt-in-your-mouth goodies (and that would NOT be good!), and sad because in a moment, it is over.

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Next up was the Spiced Duck Empanada with Foie Gras and Fried Caper Onion Jam – the description, while detailed, does little to belie the amazing pop on the palate.

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We moved on to an equally rich dish, the Baked Smoked Bone Marrow. I have never gone wrong ordering bone marrow and 22 Ships was not about to be the exception.

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And then because my dining companion pointed out that we had eaten meat, fat, and fatty organ meat, we decided to give a nod to the vegetable kingdom, ordering the Salt Baked Beetroot with Cheese Mousse. Instead of being a light finish, it was intensely rich in flavour (yet not heavy).

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We didn’t have room for dessert, but maybe you will. The Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Port is meant to be amazing!

 

22 Ships
G/F, 22 Ship Street
Wan Chai District
Hong Kong
+852 2555 0722

(Please note: they don’t take reservations, so it is really best to show up early or late to avoid long waiting times)

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