Bread Street: Best Sticky Toffee Pudding in Town
Mezzanine Level, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
I was flipping through a copy of Time Out Hong Kong when I found a top 10 list of best sticky toffee puddings in Hong Kong. I love top 10 lists and my husband absolutely loves sticky toffee pudding. He even orders it at Demetre’s back home. On the list was Gordon Ramsey’s banana sticky toffee pudding at his restaurant, Bread Street in Lan Kwai Fong. We had to try it.
Gordon Ramsey has opened a slew of Bread Street Kitchen restaurants all over the world from London, England to Las Vegas, USA. Hong Kong’s Bread Street Kitchen is located inside LKF Hotel. We saw the sign for it at the front of the hotel but we still found the restaurant impossible to find. The thing about Hong Kong is it is very vertical. The city is so dense that it’s as if they stopped developing horizontally on the street level and started developing on levels, in one single building tower, there could be a hair salon on the 3rd floor, a restaurant on the 4th and 5th floor and offices on the 6th floor, so on and so forth. None of this is more obvious than in Lan Kwai Fong which houses the world’s largest and longest outdoor covered escalator. Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong Central is very sloped and in the center of this area is a long escalator that moves up during the day to take people to work. After office hours, the escalator changes directions and moves downwards to take people home. But the most interesting thing about the escalator is as you’re riding it, you can look right into buildings and each level of each building houses a different business or storefront. It’s a lot like the Matrix.
This long escalator is quite the attraction. The day that we were there, there was some sort of Amazing Race reality TV show being filmed with contestants running up and down the escalator and a full film crew following them.
The sloppy, hilly layout of Lan Kwai Fong reminded me a lot of the winding streets in London, England. And of course since a lot of expats hang out in Lan Kwai Fong, it was no wonder that the whole place had a very Western vibe and feel about it. Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen was no exception. As soon as we stepped in, it was like being in London, England again.
I didn’t even need to look at the menu, I just wanted to order the sticky toffee pudding. We also ordered some wings and a crab salad too.
We were fascinated with the stone slab that the bread butter was served on, it was just so simple and rustic but stylish, classic Gordon Ramsey. Unfortunately, the bread was underwhelming. You would think a place named Bread Street would have out-of-this-world bread but the pieces of bread in the basket were either too hot, too cold or just dry. I had a little bite of a dry and cold piece of bread but my cousin nearly seared off his hand on an extremely hot roll, steam rose out of the thing as he ripped it open.
When the sticky toffee pudding came to the table, I found that it was exactly as pictured in the issue of Time Out Hong Kong I saw it in. I couldn’t get enough of the canal of clotted cream on top of the pudding. Something about the thickness and richness of it is utterly comforting. The pudding itself was divine, with just a hint of banana to make it stand out from other sticky toffee puddings I’ve tried. I can see why this pudding made the top 10 list.
Bread Street seems to be a happening place in Hong Kong. There was some sort of food bloggers Tweet Up going on the day that we were there, a bunch of food bloggers were seated in the room next to us, pointing DSLR cameras at fancily plated dishes. But who knows, they could just be a bunch of friends hanging out, you can never tell these days when you see a group of Asian people at restaurants with giant DSLR cameras.