Tried & Tested

Restaurant check: O Sip Hah Hongkong

31 May 2007 by business traveller

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Don’t let
the Versailles-style interiors, chandeliers and candelabras fool you
into thinking this place at 15 Old Bailey Street offers haute French

O Sip Hah – “O” for Old Bailey Street and “Sip Hah”,
Thai for number 15 – is the brainchild of Hongkong chef Calvin Yeung of
Hutong and Aqua fame (editor’s note: establishments known for swish
surroundings and creative dishes that have upped the ante of Hongkong’s
dining and after-hours scene), and is the flagship of lifestyle concept
company Wang Workshop Group. It features a menu fusing contemporary
Thai cooking and herbs and spices with Western ingredients, and served
on custom-made and handpicked tableware.

Along one of Hongkong’s most historic streets – Old Bailey – and
opposite the decommissioned Victoria Prison; in the heart of the SoHo
dining and entertainment district.

SEATING: Seat capacity is for 60 guests – 20 around four tables, 20 in the bar area and 20 in the back lounge.

Fresh seafood takes centre stage in Yeung’s menu. Signature dishes
include Spice “Secret” Sauce Calamari with Okra, Red Onion and
Coriander (US$11); Grilled Beef Ribs with Caramel, Chillies and
Lemongrass (US$24); and Linguine with Mixed Vegetables in Tom Yum and
Thai Herb Sauce (US$12.53). All in all, the combustion of flavours kept
us captivated during the two-hour lunch, although a couple of dishes
such as the Spice Sauce Calamari were a bit too spicy for our liking.

A modest list of reds and whites from Italy, France, Chile, New Zealand
and Australia, as well as Moët & Chandon bubbly. Red and white
house wines are served by the glass at US$7.42, excluding 10 percent
service charge. A corkage fee of US$19 applies to BYOs.

recommends pairing his popular Mud Crab and Crab Roe Glass Noodle Salad
(pictured) with a French white like 2004 Pouilly-Fumé Chateau Favray
(US$72 a bottle), while the Grilled Sweet and Spicy Beef Ribs go
perfectly with 2001 San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva (US$80.54).

VERDICT: A carefully executed experience that will keep you coming back for more. 

OPENING HOURS: Daily from 1200 to 1500 for lunch; dinner is from 1800 to 2400.

CONTACT: 15 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hongkong, tel 852 3622 3222

Julian Tan

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