What’s this? Fine dining on Lamma? Say it isn’t so! Well, it isn’t so – but some of the natives have already been calling the island’s newest eatery, Prime, a ‘fine dining’ spot because it sports incredibly romantic views across the harbour and its food is a pretty huge cut above many other restaurants along the Yung Shue Wan drag. It may be a bar and grill in essence but, in comparison to some venues here, this is fine dining, Lamma-style.
Prime – not to be confused with the Dining Concepts star in Elements mall, Kowloon – is all about its steak. The menu is concise, there are great specials – but top quality imported meat is the real order of the day. On our visit, after trying the homemade breaded crispy chicken wings ($90), which are chunky and supple, we bury our way into the New Zealand 200g prime tenderloin fillet ($200), the Argentinean 250g sirloin with chimichurri dipping sauce ($230) and the Australian black Angus 250g rib eye ($230). Each slab is juicy, rich and cooked to a tee – and each works with the strong, homemade peppercorn sauce. Then there are the grilled Australian lamb cutlets with a red wine jus ($230), which are also top quality, as is the steak and Guinness pie with mashed potato and mushy peas ($100). Homely and decently sized. And, to finish, the homemade chocolate brownie with rum caramel sauce ($60) is to die for – strong in flavour, nutty and oh-so-chocolatey.
This really is a prime spot serving premium food at reasonable prices. Put this venue in Central and we’d give it a three-star. But on Lamma, not known for its carnivorous culinary scene, this deserves its four stars. And that’s just ‘fine’ by us. Matt Fleming
47 Main St, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, 2982 1688. Dinner for two: around $400.
|Venue name:||Prime (Lamma Island)|
47 Main St, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island