Resident's Choice Awards 2015: Meet the Finalists
- Written by December 1, 2015
Four popular local venues have been shortlisted in this year's Around DB and Life on Lantau Resident's Choice Awards.
The awards recognise Lantau restaurants for the quality of food, the ambience, standard of service and value for money.
Voting is open from December 2 until 6pm on December 4. The restaurant with the most 'likes' overall will be declared the winner.
The four venues which have made the shortlist are: Brasserie 22 North, Solera, The Beach House and Mavericks.
Brasserie 22 North, in Discovery Bay Plaza, is owned by 15-year DB resident and chef Philippe Moriau. It serves "classic recipes with a twist" with dishes made from daily produce prepared with absolute dedication to detail.
Philippe is a self-trained Belgian-born Franco-Italian chef and a proponent of writer-chef Auguste Escoffier, who was all about unfussy dishes.
Brasserie 22 North has a loyal clientele, as Philippe described to Around DB in our September issue.
“On any given night I know 85 per cent of our clientele by name. We know their kids, we know who’s got a new job, we know everything about them,” he said.
“And that’s quite nice compared to a restaurant in a big shopping mall, where in a year seven people come through the door more than once. Where’s the satisfaction in that? My job isn’t just to feed people. That’s easy. My job is to ensure they leave here and say: ‘This was a pleasant experience’.”
Solera Spanish Restaurant sits on the 1st floor of D Deck in Discovery Bay and serves classic Spanish cuisine.
Manager Danny Dodd said it was "awesome" to make the shortlist of the awards, after the venue won last year.
Daniel, who has managed Solera for about two years, said there were a number of reasons why he thought Solera had a loyal clientele.
"We have adapted to the needs of local residents and created a fun and friendly environment and with great views, good food and a lively bar our reputation has grown," he said.
He said popular dishes included gambas, paella, jamon and the 1kg Canadian Angus Rib, which he said represented exceptional value for diners.
South Lantau's The Beach House is the third has built up a loyal clientele who enjoy the location and ambience of Cheung Sha.
Managing director Kim Murphy said the team were striving to bring quality to the local dining scene and were excited to be on the shortlist.
"The best compliment we can get it people feel like they are in Phuket or Bali - we want to create a resort-style beach clubhouse," she said.
Kim said while the venue had a casual and relaxed feel, people could also be confident that the venue could handle events such as weddings.
She said popular dishes included snapper, barramundi, burgers and fish and chips.
The final shortlisted venue is beach restaurant Mavericks on Pui O Beach.
Director of Operations Matthew Bradford, who has worked for the JW Marriott group, has been involved with the venue since June last year before taking on his current role a few months ago.
He said the Mavericks team was very proud to be one of the short-listed restaurants in this year's awards.
He attributed the venue's success to a combination of its location, atmosphere and menu, with favourites including signature dishes the tuna kahuna, the double-decker burger and the cookies 'n' cream ice cream dessert.
Matthew said the locals discount offered to Lantau residents on Fridays had also proved popular with their regulars.