Best Restaruant Experiences in Hong Kong: Sevva in Central

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012

Our honeymoon was the pinnacle of our culinary adventure together thus far. With shared passions for food and photography, we trekked through Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka with covetous vigor.  After a whirlwind of indiscriminate face-stuffing, we concluded our trip with further gluttony in Hong Kong.

View from balcony at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

A view of Central from the balcony at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong

I’m unfolding our journey backwards for a moment by starting the series at Sevva in Hong Kong.  For one, it was one of our most memorable dining experiences, but also because Vancouver’s own David Hawksworth was recently a guest chef there.  When I learned about that, I went to check out what the fuss was about. Several followers then prompted me to report back on it so I placed priority on posting this account.

Lounge area at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Lounge area at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong

We arrived at Sevva for lunch after just landing in Hong Kong the night before.  Admittedly, our appetites were stunted, having trotted countless miles and eaten everything in plain sight for nine days straight.  We stumbled into the Prince Building in Central and rode the lift to the top floor.

We entered into a serene and thoughtfully decorated space.  As we walked through the lounge into the dining area, I felt progressively refreshed and left Hong Kong’s hustling pace behind me.

Dining room at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

One of Sevva's dining rooms

We were seated swiftly and wasted no time to order drinks.  After drinking nothing but sake and beer for over a week, all I wanted was a gin martini.  My husband, on the other hand, received a delicious sangria-like concoction with a scandalous name like Sex in the Sunset or something to that effect.

Cocktail at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

A long-awaited cocktail

The charismatic manager, Joseph, came to our table and explained Sevva’s vision to us.  Their colourful menu was designed to reflect Hong Kong’s diverse food scene.  It draws from authentic local flavours and showcases them in a poised fashion.  In my zonked state, we left our gastronomic fate in his hands.

Flatbreads at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Crispy flatbreads to munch on before the dishes arrived.

The first to arrive at the table was something familiar to me, having grown up near Punjabi Market in Vancouver’s Eastside.  The server placed a long, cylindrical dosa on our table with four chutneys on the side.  The rice and lentil crêpe was painstaking thin; the texture was slightly crisp with a bit of give.

Dosa with chutneys at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Dosa with 2 meats and a variety of chutneys

We peeked inside and saw two different fillings: lamb and chicken masala.  We dove right in, tearing away and dipping into the chutneys.  The chicken was rich and tangy whereas the lamb had a balanced, spicy heat to it.  Alternating bites between the two meats, they complimented each other well and our taste buds didn’t have a chance to get bored.

Dosa with lamb and masala chicken at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Fillings: lamb and masala chicken

We later watched the dosa chefs turn the thin batter into crêpes from their open-view kitchen.

Dosa chefs View from balcony at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Chefs showing off their dosa making skills from the kitchen.

Then, the wines started flowing into beautifully leggy stemware.

Wine and stemware at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Tall stemware for wine at Sevva

Switching over from South Indian to Shanghainese fare, they presented the clay pot chicken rice.  To my wonder, it was not the rice dish that I expected.  Instead, crispy panfried rice cakes lined the bottom of a bowl and was topped with succulent strips of poached chicken.  A piping hot chicken broth submerged it all, save for the Shanghainese spring peas that floated on top.

Shanghainese claypot chicken rice at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Shanghainese claypot chicken rice in soup

It may look like an unremarkable soup dish but the contrasting textures flattered each other nicely.  Moreover, they layered the delicate flavours with care, starting with the grilled rice cakes’ smokiness, followed by the chicken’s freshness, all enveloped by the broth’s earthy chicken essence, and finished off with the peas’ creamy sweetness.  This soothing rice-broth dish vaporized our remaining exhaustion.

Shanghainese clay pot chicken rice in soup at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Another view of the Shanghainese clay pot chicken rice in soup

Next came a customary Cantonese course, steamed grouper with black bean sauce on a bed of silken tofu.  The simplest dishes are often the trickiest to perfect and this is always the case for steamed fish.  Even so, the Chinese chefs at Sevva nailed this.  In fact, this was my (meat-loving Texan) husband’s favourite dish throughout our entire stay in Hong Kong.

The grouper was gleamingly fresh and was steamed just to the point of doneness so the flesh was firm yet tender.  When counterbalanced by the tofu’s muted nature, the salty fermented black bean sauce livened the dish without overpowering it.  The quintessential scallions, cilantro, soy sauce, and sizzling oil dressed the plainly elegant dish.  Sublime.

Steamed grouper on tofu with soy sauce and scallions at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Steamed grouper on tofu with black bean sauce

Wait, there’s more.  To conclude the savoury courses, they presented us a plate of Thai basil beef rice with a fried egg on top.  Here’s another commonplace dish that captured Hong Kong’s spirit that was prepared well, without any pretension.  The juicy ground beef was pepped up with a generous amount of hot chilies and fragrant Thai basil.  The creamy yolk that oozed into the sweet soy-based glaze and the steamed jasmine rice made this comfort-style dish “face plantedly” irresistible.

Thai basil beef on rice with fried egg at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Thai basil beef on rice with fried egg and basil crisps

Truth be told, we barely had room for dessert.  But when their signature cake, Marie Antoinette’s Crave, arrived at our table as if it jumped out of a storybook, we knew that we’d regret not having at least a slice.

Let’s first dissect this over-the-top dessert. The base is a pistachio chiffon cake, layered with fresh raspberries, rose petal jam, and whipped cream.  Multi-coloured macarons and candy pearls dotted the exterior.  Newly spun cotton candy topped the cake off to emulate the queen’s prominent pouf hairstyle.

Marie Antoinette's Crave cake from Ms B's Sweets at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

Marie Antoinette's Crave cake from Ms B's Sweets

The cake’s interior was moist and subtly nutty, highlighted by the tangy berries.  The mountain of cotton candy was fun to pick at but served a more decorative purpose than textural.  Not a macaron fan, I found that they and the crunchy pearls interfered with the cake’s otherwise velvety texture.  Nevertheless, it was a fun dessert and we wished we had neighbours to share it with.

MS B's Sweets at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

MS B's Sweets at Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong

After our lavish lunch, we lazied on the 360° balcony that overlooks Victoria Harbour and soaked in the reality that we were finally in Hong Kong.  Even after our entire trip, we still look back and reminisce on this meal.  From the oasis-like environment, pristine table and stem ware, extensive wine and cocktail lists, down to the impactful dishes, our meal was highly enjoyable overall.  I especially loved that they took a multicultural approach but did not compromise on authenticity.  We hope to dine there again on another visit, if we’re so lucky.

Sevva

6-14A Chater Road  Hong Kong
2537 1388

Read more about our honeymoon in Asia.


Postscript: On hindsight,  I read up on Sevva’s reviews and noticed that many diners were dissatisfied by the service.  To be transparent, the manager was aware that we were taking photos for a potential post and he was hospitable and informative.  The servers were generally attentive and friendly.  That said, I personally cannot vouch for the typical service so it might be worthwhile to read up on other reviews.

 

 

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  • annie

    Very bad service,poor and terrible. Me and my bf come to sevva because i heard that this is most famous restaurant in hk.we didnt check the dress code on the website so it was our mistake at the first that my bf came with short pants they didnt allow me to come.thats very normal for fine dining restaurant to make that kind of policy , so we decided to buy take away cake since my friend recommend their cake.we asked the cake menu , the greeter woman shout to us rudly, you have to order 2days in advanced,we asked one more time can we have a slice of cake take away. She shout to us with high voice and said no you can not.so i tried to explain that we came from other country just want to try the cake in sevva please make solution for this problem. She then shout to us and said with rude way Just simply buy a long pants in giordano and come back and she threw our shopping bag outside. I wont came back to this restaurant ever after . This is the worst restaurant ever.

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Sorry you had such a poor experience. I trust that you read my disclaimer at the end of the post. I hope you’ll direct your dissatisfaction to their management. Here’s to better eating!