MUST TRY LIST – Culinary renaissance at Jimmy’s Kitchen in Central

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6th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) Nestled in the bustling heart of Central, Hong Kong, the iconic Jimmy’s Kitchen proudly announces its grand reopening within the historic Pedder Building. This moment marks a significant milestone as the restaurant celebrates a century of serving continental and cosmopolitan cuisine to a diverse and loyal clientele. Since its inception in Shanghai in 1924, Jimmy’s Kitchen has been synonymous with culinary excellence and cultural amalgamation, making it a beloved staple among food enthusiasts.

The reopening of Jimmy’s Kitchen is not just a return, but a reinvention of this historic dining institution. Under the guidance of the Epicurean Group, the restaurant is set to blend its rich heritage with a modern twist that promises to captivate both old fans and new patrons. Situated just a short walk from its former location on Theatre Lane, the new venue in the Pedder Building offers a sophisticated yet unpretentious dining environment, perfectly designed to host the famously long Hong Kong lunches and vibrant evening gatherings.

At the helm of the culinary operations is Executive Chef Russell Doctrove, a Hong Kong native who grew up savoring meals at Jimmy’s Kitchen during the 1980s and ‘90s. Chef Doctrove, having honed his skills in multi-Michelin-starred establishments in the UK and Hong Kong, is passionately committed to maintaining the magical allure of the old Jimmy’s while infusing it with his contemporary culinary vision. This promising fusion ensures that every dish not only honors the past but also embraces the innovation of present-day gastronomy.

With its reopening, Jimmy’s Kitchen continues to serve its signature dishes such as the Chicken Supreme ‘Kiev’ and Jimmy’s Chicken Madras, alongside new, innovative offerings that include delicacies from the crudo bar and modern takes on British classics. As Jimmy’s Kitchen turns the page to its next chapter, it invites both long-time admirers and new explorers to partake in a dining experience that promises to be as memorable as it is delicious, in a setting that beautifully reflects both its storied past and its dynamic future.

Upon entering Jimmy’s Kitchen, one is immediately struck by the elegant yet inviting ambiance, a perfect setting for the gastronomic journey that awaits. The restaurant has a storied history, having been a cherished part of Hong Kong’s dining scene for decades, and its recent menu rejuvenation is a nod both to its past glories and its future ambitions.

Smoky Eggplant with White Anchovies and Olive Oil

Our evening began with the Smoky Eggplant with White Anchovies and Olive Oil (HK$108). This dish was a masterclass in texture and flavour. The Australian aubergines were tender, their richness beautifully complemented by the smoky notes and the salty tang of the anchovies. The olive oil tied everything together with its silky smoothness, making for a delightful start to our meal.

Next, we sampled the Coronation Fried Chicken (HK$148). This playful twist on the classic British Coronation chicken was nothing short of spectacular. The chicken, marinated in curry buttermilk, was succulent and perfectly crispy. The apricot gel added a subtle sweetness that balanced the spice, while the almond praline provided an unexpected crunch. The accompanying Coronation mayonnaise, with its hint of mango chutney, was the perfect creamy counterpart to the dish.

The Angus Beef Mince on Toast

The Angus Beef Mince on Toast (HK$168) at Jimmy’s Kitchen is a must-try. Slow-cooked for hours and packed with flavor, the minced Angus beef is perfectly paired with crispy sourdough and topped with fresh watercress and a house-made horseradish cream. This dish is a delicious and modern take on a classic British comfort food.”

Chicken Supreme ‘Kiev’

The highlight among the mains was undoubtedly the Chicken Supreme ‘Kiev’ (HK$238). A nostalgic nod to Chef Russell’s childhood favourite, the chicken was expertly prepared; its crispy exterior gave way to a succulent interior that oozed garlic herb butter with each slice. Paired with creamy potatoes, this dish was comfort food elevated to an art form.

Coastal Lamb Rack

Not to be overshadowed, the Coastal Lamb Rack (HK$368) was another standout. The lamb was impeccably cooked to a perfect medium, its juiciness enhanced by the sweet shallot puree and the robust lamb jus. The sautéed vegetables added freshness and a crisp texture that complemented the meat beautifully.

However, the pièce de résistance of our evening was the Baked Alaska (HK$288). Available only by pre-order due to its popularity and intricate preparation, this dessert was a spectacle in both presentation and taste. The pistachio and cherry ice creams were rich and flavourful, encased in a light Italian meringue that was flamboyantly flambéed at the table. It was not only a treat for the palate but a delight for the senses.

Although our review focuses on the dishes we sampled, it is worth noting that Jimmy’s Kitchen’s menu boasts a variety of other enticing options. Dishes like the Hokkaido Saint-Jacques and the Angus Beef Mince on Toast promise to deliver the same high standard and creativity. Furthermore, the ‘Prince des Dombes’ Duck Breast and Dover Sole ‘Meunière style’ are testament to the kitchen’s prowess in handling Moreover, the kitchen’s skill in handling both meat and seafood is exemplified by the exquisite dishes of the ‘Prince des Dombes’ Duck Breast and Dover Sole prepared in the ‘Meunière style’.

Strawberry Omelette

Value for money :4/5
Taste : 5/5
Ambience : 5/5
Service : 5/5

Jimmy’s Kitchen

Opening Hours:
Restaurant: 12nn-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Bar & Café: 11am-11pm
4pm-7pm (Happy Hour)
Jimmy’s Afternoon Tea: 3pm-5pm (Mon-Fri)

Address – M/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 – 2526 5293
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.jimmys.com