food | 06 May 2016
Jason Atherton is a star in the British culinary world but has been taking over the Asian dining scene by storm as well. Located in Wanchai, Hong Kong, are two of his restaurants, 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry, both frequented by locals and tourists who are familiar with Atherton. We hit up 22 Ships on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, just after lunch time so as to avoid the lunch crowd. 22 Ships is run by executive chef Nathan Green. The menu features Spanish-inspired dishes with hints of Asian flavors. We start with the Spanish breakfast, a hearty egg, chorizo and potato dish that is the best soul food dishes you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. The kick from the chorizo, the foamy texture of the egg.. it’s heaven in a tiny cazuela pot. We’re told it’s the restaurant’s most popular dish (no surprise there!). The dish of the day is a “DIY” tuna tartare served with soy sauce, wasabi, salt, peppers and a spicy condiment. The dish beautifully highlights the Asian tones on the menu. We continue with the scallop ceviche with yuzu and Chinese radish and the Berkshire pork and foie gras burgers with avocado and pickled cucumbers. You can’t find a bigger contrast on the menu – one elegant and the other a robust dish for meat lovers, but both purely delightful. We finish with the green tea cheese cake dessert with lime and yoghurt, a dish we cleared in no time, and the goats cheese ice cream with granola and raspberries, a dish we may soon have to go back for. It was that good.