South American Cuisine

3/F, Grand Progress Building, LKF

Once upon a Friday night, I was stumbling around Central trying to find somewhere to eat.  Unfortunately, I found Mayta.

It was suspiciously easy to walk in during dinner service but I, being all too excited to try one of the few Peruvian restaurants in Hong Kong, waltzed right up to the table with my earnest little foodie heart on my sleeve.  The decor was eye-catching and rather sexy, with colourful Peruvian textiles playing against the dark walls and wooden beams.  In a flamboyant display of Inca geometrics, patterned vases and ceramics adorned the wall shelves, artful pops of boisterous colour bejeweling the space.

I’m sure this proud, sophisticated show of Peruvian culture would’ve been something to appreciate but at this point I was just getting pissed off by the loud, inconsiderate group of rugby boys or stag lads or some group to that effect, that were taking up the long table, center stage, hooting and howling and, with such unnatural, all-American volume, recalling anecdotes like that one time, at Twat Camp…

So what was one to do but hit the drinks menu?

Of course I ordered a Pisco Sour ($68) to get the Inca ball rolling – I opted for a passionfruit blend and enjoyed this thoroughly.  Their Pisco cocktail list is extensive, with innovative signatures, and served strong.  Try the Mojito Chilcano ($68) which replaces rum with Pisco.  I was happy about the cocktails, surprised that a drinks menu could be so reasonably priced in the middle of Lan Kwai Fong.

Appetisers (or small shares) weren’t too bad either.

IMG_1696[1]The popular David-Chang-pork-bun imitation, called Pan Con Chicharon ($138) was good.  I believe the Momofuku original is simply a steamed bun with pork belly, but this clever counterfeit threw in a chili aioli, some pickles and fried sweet potato.

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