‘MURICA! ‘MURICA! ‘MURICA!
I tasted a piece of America in Hong Kong and I absolutely loved it. Not like I’ve never tasted American food but Stone Nullah Tavern is by no means your average American restaurant. They serve up some of the most legit Southern fare, which is pretty much impossible to resist. Huge portions, rich, flavorful, and as much as I hate telling myself- it’s fat but lemme tell you, it’s all worth it. If you’re into whiskey, this place might wow you with their collection of bourbon (American whiskey essentially). Well, I mean they don’t really have a lot, just like 20 diff kinds sourced all from Utah to Kentucky. 😉
The mastermind behind this dope tavern is Chef Vinny, who also owns Linguini Fini and Posto Pubblico. In a diverse food city here in Hong Kong with industry veterans and new trending young chefs, how does this guy stand out from the crowd? Meet him and you’ll understand. He’s crazy (fun), crazy (friendly) and more crazy (extremely talented); and he always got new ideas to add on his already playful menu. He’s the kind of chef you love to chat with and you would die to know about all the juicy details of his ingenious creations. I’m gonna be honest with you and confess that I’m totally hooked by all his dishes at SNT. I wish my bf won’t consider this as cheating but I do apologize for loving those ribs a little more than I love you Ryan, oops.
You can find a modern spin on a lot of Vinny’s dishes, but never to a point where it loses sight of the authenticity that the original dish possesses. Instead, every new element is a curated experience that takes the ingredients around it to new heights.The King Crab Legs with Drawn Butter, Lemon, Typhoon Shelter Crab Spice ($318) is a perfect example. This dish has taken Hong Kong style shelter crab as an inspiration, but using Alaska crab legs as the ingredient to achieve perfect balance between an American dish with an asian twist.
How does Buffalo Oysters ($38) sound? If you love buffalo wings and deep fried oysters, you’ll dig into this. First, a perfectly deep fried oyster, placed atop an addictive bed of buffalo sauce, and finished off with a dollop of blue cheese dressing. The oyster is complimented by every flavor – it was creamy, savoury and toothsome with a smidge of sweetness to offset the spiciness.As much as I love lobster nachos, their one-of-a-kind Pork Cheek Chili Nachos with Crispy Pig’s Ears, Sour Cream, Cheddar and Jalapeños ($118) was definitely making a run for the throne: That luscious and scrumptious pig’s head chili (oops! slip of the tongue) went perfectly well with their homemade nacho chips, which were delightedly crispy with the right thickness. Not a fan of pig’s ears? That’s okay because I will scrape the plate clean for you. 😉When you have this feeling of ordering too much and an extra salad seems to make everything more balanced… Yep, I totally feel you on that one. Here though, it’s nothing like that because their Caesar Salad with Anchovy and Garlic&Herb Croutons($128+$80 for the bacon) was covered with a generous amount of mozzarella. The salad itself looked as if it’s gone through a cheese shower, no shit. I recommend adding the homemade bacon because tbh who can resist chunks after chunks of fat meat?Speaking of which, their Maple Glazed Bacon($108) was … Okay, it just made me go speechless.This Shrimp Cocktail ($158) can speak for itself. I was hoping these shrimps weren’t radioactive cos they looked like they came straight out of a Godzilla movie, like SERIOUSLY. I ain’t gonna say all those generic words to describe them (you know what I’m sayin’?) but they’re just as good as they look and they’re exactly what you expect them in their purest form to be. To all true foodies, remember to snatch the prawn head. If you ask me why, then I guess you still have a loooong way to go before becoming a true foodie. Sorry bro. (Also if you don’t eat it, you will get well-deserved dirty looks, at least from me, just saying.)Finding it hard to take shots? Try their Meatloaf Sliders ($118) served with “picklebacks”. The idea is to gobble down a slider and then take a shot of cheap bourbon, and a chaser of pickle juice. Things are getting pretty serious huh… lolAre we finally proceeding to the mains? Nope, not until we get our fair shares on some wood grilled pizzas. I tried Roasted Pork Belly& Caramelized Pineapple ($148) and BBQ Chicken ($138) pizzas, both were great but I prefer the latter for the sweet and spicy Korean kick.
Man, all these dishes are making me go ham, think I need a break before I go over the mains. But seriously, if you aren’t making a booking already, there’s definitely something wrong with you. #justsaying
Stone Nullah Tavern: G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, +852 318 20128
…work hard, eat harder!