Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: 1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberly Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀金巴利道39號帝樂文娜公館1樓

Telephone: 2522 9318

https://finds.com.hk

FINDS, which stands for Findland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden, first opened its doors in 2004 in Lan Kwai Fong, and I sometimes went there for drinks with my friends in the weekend. In 2010, the restaurant moved to its current location at the boutique hotel The Luxe Manor, but its light, Scandinavian-themed menu remains unchanged.

The restaurant’s decor, inspired by Nordic summers, is bright and airy, and wooden tabletops and surfaces give the interior a homely, inviting feeling. The kitchen is now helmed by Executive Chef Jaakko Sorsa, who came from Finland and is always full of new ideas for the cuisine at FINDS. The Scandinavian dishes are slightly adjusted to suit local palates (for example, the smoky flavours have been reduced as the authentic Scandinavian smoked foods might be overwhelming to Hong Kongers), and while some of the ingredients are imported from Scandinavia, local ingredients are also incorporated into the dishes where appropriate.

Available since mid-March, the New Nordic Semi Buffet Lunch costs $328 per head during weekends and includes free flow Prosecco, beer, white wine and red wine.

(1) The appetisers are served buffet-style. There are fish cooked different ways at the buffet, since fish and seafood are staple foods in the Scandinavian region which is surrounded by lakes and seas. I love the enticingly firm texture of the herring, but find the sauces a tad too salty.

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Some popular cooking techniques in Nordic countries include smoking, curing and pickling.  The salmon at the buffet is cured in-house, and the beetroot-cured salmon tastes marvellous.

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The “Knackebrod” is a type of thin Swedish bread. The wheat flavour is delicious and I was told that this bread has a lower glycemic index (i.e. it won’t make your blood sugar levels rise as quickly) than most other breads.

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Another item that I adore at the appetiser buffet is the potatoes, which are also commonly eaten in Nordic countries. The potatoes are wonderfully powdery and soft, and boast an alluring natural sweetness.

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(2) The lunch set comes with a complimentary half lobster tail with remoulade sauce. The lobster meat is fresh and firm, and the slightly tart sauce is a great match with the lobster. 

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(3) Moving to the mains, the house-smoked salmon fillet is a must-try signature dish. Served with stewed morels, Fingerling potatoes and a dark dill sauce, the salmon is perfectly cooked and magnificently tender and raw-milddled.

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(4) Grandmother Ida’s Meatballs, another signature dish, are cooked using Chef Jaakko’s grandma’s recipe. The meatballs are bouncy and have an appropriate level of fattiness that is delicious but not greasy, and the crushed wild Lingonberries offer a very appetising fruitiness to the dish. The mashed potatoes are spectacularly tasty and smooth.

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(5) Lastly, we also order the slow-roasted all natural chicken breast. The chicken is tender and fresh, but it is the barley-porcini risotto that is the most memorable, as it is remarkably chewy and flavour-packed.

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(6) A few simple, light desserts are available at the buffet and we adore the chocolate mousse and the blueberry cheesecake on the day.

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Even though the choices at the buffet are limited compared with some other restaurant buffets, each appetiser is carefully prepared using fresh, high-quality ingredients, I leave the restaurant feeling very comfortably full but not stuffed at all. I love these healthy and nutritious dishes, and this set lunch is surely a great way to stock up on omega-3 in our diet!