Bindaas Bar + Kitchen
LG/F, 33 Aberdeen Street
Tel: 2447 9998
Vibe: This place is trendy without being hipster; low ceilings, high bar stools and generously spaced-out tables make it a great place to go for either a romantic date or with the squad – particularly as most of the food is served tapas-style, making it ideal for sharing.
What’s hot: Indian food in Hong Kong can be very hit and miss, but Bindaas delivers on every level.
The Boti Kabab – chunks of Angus beef marinated in spices and served with tomato chutney – was some of the tenderest meat I’ve had. The chicken tikka masala was delicious and served in a one-portion size copper pot that added a quirky touch to the dish, and was perfectly complemented by the butter naan, which was super nom.
All of the dishes we tried gave the impression of being simple, honest food with an elegant twist. Make sure to try the naan pizza!
What’s not: The basmati rice was a little dry and sticky, and considering Bindaas manages to nail all the more complex dishes, it’s a shame they fall down at this basic hurdle.
The menu is also quite confusing; with sections such as “street corner and small plates” and “curries, sides and desserts”, but it’s hard to gauge how big one dish is, particularly as the prices vary greatly even within one section. Luckily, the staff are very helpful and can help make sure you don’t over or under order.
Cost: Small plates cost HK$98- HK$148, and curries cost HK$98- HK$168. Sides cost HK$18-HK$48 while desserts cost HK$78. Drinks cost HK$38-HK$78.