Dining at Chino was a new kind of high for me. Nestled on the western edge of Hong Kong Island, the Mexican Japanese fusion restaurant found its place in the very residential and quickly gentrifying Kennedy Town (KTown whaattt). I discovered this place through Instagram and well, I just never looked back after that.
We were lucky to get a table on a relatively quiet Thursday night. We arrived at Chino around 830pm and were seated immediately by the corner windows. I asked for some recommendations and they did not disappoint!
We started our meal with some raw fish! And in a twist the shima aji (㠀縞鯵/striped horse mackerel) sat on a plate of this sweet and sour dressing, topped with finely chopped shiso, pickled pineapples, and fried shallots. It’s really the best trying to get a little of everything in one bite. The interplay of soft fish, crunchy pineapples, crispy shallots, and refreshing shiso made this dish my favorite of the night.
Our only light-ish fare was the mushroom mizuna salad. Like I mentioned in my Yardbird post, mizuna has become one of my fave salad veggies. Mixed it with shitake mushrooms, shredded cabbage, more fried shallots, and a nutty based dressing, it was a good salad, albeit bordering on the ordinary. Would pick it over a Caesar salad any day though.
Next one was my favorite in presentation! Some shrimp cleverly wrapped in noodles and deep fried, topped with a jícama based salsa, and tucked into some butter lettuce aka the superior kind of lettuce, IMO. Again another crispy and crunchy mixture! Despite the obvious red chili on top, this was not spicy at all. Like like like.
Momma dJ and I ordered a couple of tacos because I really miss having yummy tacos and Taco Tuesdays! We got a marinated pork taco for my momma and a crispy fish taco for myself. We both took a bite of each of course to be able to taste everything. I found the pork taco reminding me of char siu (叉燒/Cantonese BBQ pork) and it was hard for me to get over that hump ><;; I liked the fish taco a lot better and it reminded me of summer days in San Diego :] That fish was deep fried into perfection.
After tacos, we opted for some tostadas as well and it was worth it. We got seafood based ones: spicy lobster/avocado and scallop/uni tostadas were up for grabs. The quarter slice of avocado helped make the spicy lobster not so spicy and I liked that a lot because I could actually taste the lobster!
You know how there are different gradients of flavors? Well this next tostada had that. The sweetness of the uni vs the sweetness of the scallops. I really felt like you could taste the sea. I cry happy tears over this one :’]
Our last dish was a sizzling plate of skirt steak topped with veggies, avocado, grilled corn salsa, and more fried shallots! The steak was tender but didn’t have as much flavor as I expected. However, the star for me was the grilled corned salsa! For some reason, I liked the corn over the steak in this one. Strange.
This was definitely on the heavy side and while I did have a little bit of regret because I knew I needed to lose a bunch of weight I gained throughout the years, it was a really good ending to our meal.
I’ve finally made it all the way here and I’m quite pleased with myself. I know that I can trust Chino for a meal when I’m in the mood for something different and they really delivered. I’m off to shed my college and post college weight gain and save up more $$ to make my way back!
PS. This place really like its fried shallots and so do I!
G/F 1B-1C New Praya
Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
+852 2606 0588
Tuesday to Sunday 1800H – 2330H