So my last review was of Otto e Mezzo, a supposedly 2* Michelin restaurant where the staff wouldn’t know the difference between burrata and a mozzarella or even the contents of their own menu. Where it is acceptable to have a 40 minute wait between courses and an atmosphere of poor training bustles around the dining room.
This review is about a “humble” ramen place where the service is a shining beacon of joy. What strange contortions Hong Kong brings to usual way of the world. So let me tell you three little stories about our meal at MIST:
First, I casually asked what beers they had and the waiter knew, off the top of his head. Better than that he knew enough to tell me where they were brewed (specially for MIST) and the different flavours (pale ale and larger) and recommended one based on the type of ramen I was ordering. He was even relaxed and confident enough to joke with me about the fact that the cover of one of the bottles seems to be of the Scottish flag.
Second, when you sit down at MIST you aren’t sure where all the utensils until the waiters show you a drawer set into the table. In this are spoons and chopsticks and two sheets of paper. These tell you the story of MIST (a touch pretentious but still…) and more importantly, the provenance of every single ingredient you are eating. It is also date stamped so you know it was updated in the last one or two days. And, if you want to speak to the waiters about it, they can.
Third, if you sit at the counter you get to look into the nice calm kitchen where the chefs are methodically working away on the dishes with an aura of calm professionalism. Having seen us enjoying the nice avocodo based salad starter the chef who we had watched preparing it turned to us, completely self effacingly and un intrusively, and humbly asked if we enjoyed it.
And the food, truly excellent ramen. Egg properly soft boiled. Miso and salt flavoured ramen both singing. Bouncy tasty ramen. Pork some of the best I have ever had. I just wish they did a tonkotsu base broth. The only annoying thing about this is that I don’t think I can eat (or suffer) ramen elsewhere in Hong Kong. I now have to travel to Causeway Bay every time I am hungry.
Finally, this is pricey, it cost us 700hkd for alcohol and 2-3 courses for 3 people. But its worth it. And whilst you might be able to get a bowl of ramen for pocket change in Japan, quite frankly I’ld pay a lot more for proper ramen when outside of Japan. Oh and it is 1 Michelin stared. But it deserves it.
- Price 250hkd a head
- G/F, 4 Sun Wui Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2881 5006)