Maximal Concepts has done it again. Their latest venture, Limewood Hong Kong, has just become one of our new favourite restaurants. Located at Southside’s new entertainment meccca, The Pulse in Repulse Bay, it might be a little out of the way but trust us, it’s more than worth the trek. Their barbecued seafood and meats, inspired by South East Asian, Hawaiian, South American and Caribbean flavours are absolutely divine.
Step inside Limewood, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical island. The best part about Limewood is that it’s literally right on the beach. With their mellow tunes, (upscale) surf shack décor and the ocean on their doorstep, they’ve got the laid-back beachy vibe down pat, complete with tanned tourists reading by the sun-drenched window seats.
For appetisers, both the Vietnamese crab salad (HK$125) and fresh fish taco (HK$135) were very popular at our table. The rich, almost sinfully creamy salad had a generous helping of crab meat mixed with coconut corn, shishito pepper and toasted nuts, whilst the fried fish tacos were perfectly balanced with the fresh, lighter flavours of avocado, lime and Asian slaw. We were pleased to find that the light, crispy batter was done just right and not at all oily or heavy.
It was unanimously agreed that the 24-hour charred beef ribs (HK$360) was our firm favourite. The meat, which was perfectly cooked and delectably soft in itself, was made even better by the tangy mango-infused BBQ sauce. The delicately fragrant coconut jasmine rice (HK$45) with coconut milk, toasted shallots and kaffir lime makes a great pairing for the ribs and well, anything else really.
Other highlights include the pork skin chicharron guacamole (HK$120) and the spicy tiger prawn roll (HK$135), which wasn’t actually that spicy. Oh, and we can’t leave out dessert — the hand-piped churros with coconut ice cream and salty caramel (HK$65) was well worth the 15-minute wait and was gobbled up in mere seconds.
Limewood also has a sizeable collection of wines, although we suggest ordering a piña colada (or three) to really put you in a holiday mood. Their charred coconut piña colada (HK$95) with aged rum, fresh pineapple and mezcal is a creative smokey twist on the beach classic.
Repulse Bay may only be a 15 to 20 minute ride from Central, but it feels worlds away. Limewood’s gorgeous beachfront views and laid-back vibes make it the perfect place to relax with a cool cocktail and a hearty BBQ-inspired meal. It’s almost like a mini vacation.
Limewood, Shop 103 & 104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, +852 2866 8668, www.limewood.hk