One of the greatest things to do in Hong Kong is to get out of the city and head to the beach for the day. Contrary to many places, you really don’t have much choice when it comes for lunch and often ended up eating a below average pizza. Luckily for us, Maximal Concept who does not need any introduction has opened a few months ago a wonderful beachside restaurant Limewood at the Pulse in Repulse Bay.
Limewood really provides you with a great holiday vibe. The space itself totally reflects a laid-back attitude often associated beaches in South America and the Caribbean with a lot of reclaimed woods and industrial touches. Limewood blends together flavors from South East Asia, Hawaii, South American and the Caribbean. All of them centered around mouthwatering seafood and meat BBQ as well as a bunch of smaller plate packed with flavors.
As we arrived late from the beach and not to hungry, we did not have the opportunity to taste the seafood and meat BBQ. However, I had a sneak peak in the kitchen and it did looked and smelled really good. Guess it will be for next time. Nevertheless, we had a nice dive into their cold and hot dishes.
We started with Limewood’s take on the traditional guacamole topped with pork skin, ikura (salmon roe) and sea urchin. Besides being good, I enjoyed the contrast of texture between the crunchy of the pork skin and the smooth avocado.
The next dish was the spicy tiger prawn roll that in my opinion lacked a bit of spices but was packed with flavors and colorful contrast thanks to the nice addition of fresh herbs including Thai basil.
The following course was the Calamari with charred lime and mango aioli. This was definitely my favorite. The batter was light and crunchy while the mango aioli brought some sweetness to the dish.
Last but not least, the Vietnamese fish taco with advocado, lime and Asian slaw was a nice conclusion to our light lunch.
Overall, Limewood, showcasing high quality and creative dish, is a perfect place for good food outside busy central. The concept does work very well and it makes you want to come back. Sadly, prices are similar to all other Maximal Concept meaning it does not come cheap. Do not expect the leave the restaurant for less than 500 HKD per person not including any wines and the BBQ.
Shop 103/104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong