Restaurant ・ Scandinavian
The first floor of Tsim Sha Tsui’s boutique themed-hotel, The Luxe Manor, hosts FINDS in a large space encompassing a bar and a restaurant. The setting isis roomy and inviting, with patrons being an even mix of families and couples. The bar is clearly marked off from the dining area, as the mood changes from playful to more serious, although the beats continue to blare a tad too loud for fine dining. The dimmed lighting of the restaurant fits well with the well-spaced wooden tables and pistachio-green fabric chairs, which is offset by the bright purplish-glow of the bar and the somewhat distracting wavy ceiling.
FINDS presents a heavy focus on Scandinavian cuisine. Salmon and seafood are predictably the centrepieces of the menu, featuring prominently in both the set menus and a la carte, along with a few meat options to please the seafood non-enthusiasts. The signature starter salmon six ways is beautifully laid out, offering a sample of curing, pickling and smoking salmon, although to varying effect. The cold-smoked is a refreshing starter for its lightness, but the golden roe is presented with far too much cream, which overwhelms the main ingredient. Named after executive chef Jaakko Sorsa, Jaako’s salad adds a flavourful element with the air-dried ham that contrasts beautifully with the otherwise mild nature of the butter lettuce. FINDS’ salmon, sourced specially from Norway and flown in jet-fresh every day, truly shines in the main course of house-smoked salmon fillet, with the dark dill sauce and stewed morels interplaying wonderfully with the freshness of the tender flavours of the salmon, accentuated by the smoking process. The grilled spring lamb tenderloin, reared in Australia, is succulent and well-cooked, and is held together by the potato puree and light malt sauce, though the steamed spring vegetables seem to be added as an afterthought rather than as part of the ensemble. The dessert menu sadly lacks in depth, with a couple of the options being platters of an already small selection, featuring Daim Parfait and Swedish banana kola pannacotta. While the flavours of the food is generally good, we would love to see a touch more originality in the presentation for the restaurant to truly excel.
The wine selection is small and split into regions by country. In addition, there are also several options available by the glass, which represent the best value. If in doubt, ask the restaurant manager for suggestions to go with the courses. For the adventurous, there are also a few Nordic specialties on the list.
Service at FINDS is a mix of good and inattentive, depending on the staff doing the serving. However, all staff are generally pleasant, and are happy to do the bidding once requested.
A meal for two with a glass of wine each can cost about HK$1,500. We would especially recommend the set menus, which represent truly excellent value.