Date of review: May 14, 2015 | Reviewed by: Esther Wong
The view at The Pulse is something we’re fairly familiar with now, but the large glass windows at Hotshot allows a greater view of the beach, with natural light flooding the space during the day. As a project by the Bibo crew, it’s not surprising that the walls are covered with highly covetable street art by the likes of Kaws. Inside the restaurant sits a food truck-esque bar, with seating available on non-matching tables and chairs, lending a casual vibe to the laid-back diner setting. Hotshot is particularly popular on the weekends with beach goers and families in the area.
As an American diner, the restaurant’s one-page menu places most of its focus on the burger bar, although other options including all-day breakfast is available. The Hotshot burger arrives with an 8oz USDA prime beef patty, topped with coleslaw, tomato, onions and pickles, with a barbecue sauce slathered on the bun and spicy jalapeño remoulade. When we placed our order, we weren’t given the option to choose how well we wanted our patty cooked, although it arrived medium. The burger satisfied our hunger, but the spicy jalapeño remoulade was indistinguishable, and the burger itself was otherwise unremarkable. The buttermilk fried chicken uses free-range chicken breast, and is served with a spicy honey mustard sauce plated underneath the deep-fried strips. While we enjoyed the dish, we found inconsistencies with the texture of the chicken – some pieces were tender and juicy, but others were very dry. Our favourite dish was the vegetable cubano – a grilled panino with caramelised onions, roasted peppers, tomatoes, courgette, squash, spinach, and aged cheddar. The addition of the cheddar with the grilled vegetables created an intensely pleasing bite – so much so, that we forgot that there wasn’t any meat in the dish. If you still have room for dessert, the brownie with warm chocolate, vanilla ice cream, candied walnuts and sea salt caramel is worth a try.
As a casual dining spot, the drinks menu is equally laid-back, with spiked milkshakes and floats (which can be served non-alcoholic and/or gluten free), and signature shooters, in addition to a handful of wines, beers and spirits.
Service is friendly from start to finish, with servers happily offering food suggestions for those unfamiliar with the menu.
A filling meal for two will hit around the HK$500 mark. Although this may seem a little on the pricier side for diner food, we find it to be an acceptable price to pay considering the beachfront location.