Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: Shop 103&104, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay 淺水灣海灘道28號The Pulse地下103及104號舖

Telephone: 2866 8668

Limewood is one of the latest ventures by Maximal Concepts, located in the new tourist destination called The Pulse in Repulse Bay. Decorated like a rustic, whitewashed boathouse and facing the beautiful Repulse Bay beach, the restaurant offers an enticing menu of international, innovative dishes designed by Culinary Director Malcolm Wood and Executive Chef Russell Doctrove, who had experience at world-renowned restaurants such as The Waterside Inn and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

Celia from the blog Girl Meets Cooking and I head there for lunch one day and our meal is incredibly relaxing, with gentle breeze blowing against our face on a warm afternoon.

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(1) Nothing says “summer” better than a glass of lemongrass and French Rosemary soda ($70). This drink, with an elegant lemongrass fragrance, is cold and refreshing, and the level of sweetness is perfect.

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(2) The pork skin Chicharron guacamole ($120) is an utter delight. With the addition of avocado, ikura and sea urchin, this is simply a notch above normal guacamole, and has much more exciting flavours and textures!

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(3) The Vietnamese fish taco ($135) is attractively tangy, with a dash of lime to lift the flavours. We wish, though, that the fish is more crispy on the surface.

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(4) Moving on to the mains, we share a deep fried whole snapper Thai style ($330). The seaoning is brilliant, with lemongrass, kaffir lime, scallion and green peppercorn creating a symphony of invigorating flavours. The fish is moist and soft on the inside, but again, the surface isn’t crispy enough.

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(5) The 24-hour charred beef ribs ($460) are not to be missed! Deliciously marinated in a pineapple and mango BBQ sauce, the beef is slow cooked for 48 hours and then grilled to create a crunchy outer layer, and lastly sprinkled with some toasted sesame seeds. The meat is unbelievably soft and the seasoning shines through every inch of the beef ribs.

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(6) The meats are best enjoyed with some coconut jasmine rice ($45), which is cooked with coconut milk, toasted shallots and kaffir lime. In fact, this coconut jasmine rice is so rich with coconut flavour that you can enjoy it on its own!

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(7) The Caribbean coleslaw ($65) with cabbage, sultanas and toasted peanuts, is a job well done. The amount of dressing is just right – enough to make this very tasty, yet not too much to drench it, and the peanut flavour is outstanding. I wish every salad in Hong Kong is as well made as this!

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(8) For desserts, these hand piped Churros with homemade coconut ice-cream and salted caramel ($90, 15 min preparation time) will definitely lift your spirits. Gorgeously crispy and beautifully coated in sugar, these churros dipped in caramel sauce are unbelivably delicious. As you bite into it, you should be pinching yourself because this dessert just tastes surreal!

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The coconut ice cream has a great flavour and we love the dessicated coconuts on top, but it is rather creamy. Check out the coconut sorbet at Greyhound Cafe when you have time, this is in my opinion the best coconut sorbet in town!

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Limewood is certainly one beautiful restaurant for a laid-back meal by the sea, and their offerings are in general delicious and exciting. I will soon be back as I am craving their pork skin Chicharron guacamole and their out-of-this-world churros already!