g+ Urban Harvest
We dropped by g+on a rainy day and ended up in the main room with a view of the music fountain.The interior at g+ has a modern mix of marble and wood and industrial effects,and like many of the better second floor Tai Koo Li spots, they have a very comfortable roof deck. The menu offers many fresh, light and healthy dishes with a few heartier options, and the server recommended we try their house-grown long bean sprouts. We also asked for a grilled eggplant and tomato appetizer and some open face toasts (two to an order) with a selection of toppings. We selected seasonal mushroom and taleggio for one kind and blue cheese and pecans for the other. The waiter was careful to ask if we’d eaten blue cheese before,and we assured him this was not our first rodeo.
We were glad the place settings had both chopsticks and a knife and fork because the bean sprout salad was definitely chopstick food while the eggplant and toasts were best eaten with the western tools. The cheeses on the grilled eggplant and mushroom toast tasted pretty similar, but everything was well cooked and nicely presented. Both plates were seasoned with fragrant olive oil and some balsamic vinegar that had been reduced to a sweet sauce. The blue cheese toast came very generously topped with blue cheese – at least two tablespoons, a few strips of pecan and black pepper. We’re kind of over balsamic reduction but still really loved its effect on this dish. Tai Koo Li is a fun place for grazing style dining – a cocktail or beer at one place, an appetizer at the next place, a main somewhere else, and a gorgeous dessert in another place. We’d come backfor these toasts either as our appetizer or dessert.
The menu said the cheese on our eggplant appetizer was buffalo mozzarella, the Engish printed receipt said it was brie, and the taste and appearance was more like regular mozzarella. We sent the server back to ask the kitchen, who reported that it was regular mozzarella mixed with buffalo. Cheese purists might want to confirm with the kitchen before ordering, but we really thought the appetizer didn’t need cheese at all. They have several fresh juices at 40yuan per glass and a short list of cocktails and wine including 50 yuan South American white and red by the glass. The menu shows an afternoon tea between 2pm and 4pm with some savoury and sweet options. The fresh, light, vegetarian friendly summer menu here makes g+ an appealing spot on a warm day.
Cost per person is 80-100RMB for lunch or around 200RMB for dinner.
Address: No.8 Shamao Middle St, 2224B(Shamao North St),Pacific Ocean Tai Koo Li 中纱帽街8号远洋太古里2224B号(北纱帽街)
Opening times: 10am – 10pm
By Susan Johnson