I have heard it is impossible to get a table at Blacksalt, you must make a reservation atleast three days in advance on a weekday, and five days in advance if for the weekend.  I was sure lucky to get a table only one day in advance. Blacksalt is opened by Taran Chadha, a former executive chef at Dining Concepts, running the restaurant with his wife, his concept is to bring back the fun, casual, inexpensive dining restaurant to Hong Kong.

Meal

Dinner

Ordered

VEG

  • What’s The Mattar Paneer? – 98hkd
  • Keralan Beetroot Chops – 98 hkd

MEAT

  • Kathmandu Meatball Mo’s – 108 hkd
  • Chindian ‘Char Siu’ – 128 hkd

DRINKS
Signature Darus

  • G&T Mantra – 108 hkd

Food

COMPLIMENTARY

Mini Poppadums with Spiced Lentils – 10/10

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Mini Poppadums with Spiced Lentils

Mini Poppadums with Spiced Lentils

Instead of complimentary bread, we received a complimentary dish of the Mini poppadums with Spiced lentils. The portion was small, just two mini poppadums each but it was a brilliant start to the meal.  I never thought a spicy lentils stew can be so mesmerizing, it goes so well with the crispy poppadoms, wish we had more!

VEG

What’s The Mattar Paneer? – 10/10
Pan seared homemade curd, basil seed grape tomatoes, mushy green peas gravy & gunpowder seasoning

What's The Mattar Paneer?

What’s The Mattar Paneer?

What's The Mattar Paneer?

What’s The Mattar Paneer?

What's The Mattar Paneer?

What’s The Mattar Paneer?

This is their version of the caprese salad, with pan seared curd on top of the juiciest grape tomatoes and peas.  this was one of my favourite dish of the night, I never thought a ‘caprese’ salad can be this amazing.  The dressing really brought out the freshness of the tomatoes, I must need to mention again on how juicy the grape tomatoes are. I will order this again and again, this really is one of the best salad I have had in a long time, mindblown.

Keralan Beetroot Chops – 9/10
Made with fresh coconut, avocado, asafoetida, spiced spinach porridge, brussel sprout crisps & hung yogurt

Keralan Beetroot Chops

Keralan Beetroot Chops

Keralan Beetroot Chops

Keralan Beetroot Chops

Keralan Beetroot Chops

Keralan Beetroot Chops

This dish was a love and hate case, I absolutely hate the taste of beetroot, however mixing the beetroot with the crispy brussel sprout and yogurt, it was very delicious.  There are three pieces of the beetroot patty and also three pieces of the avocado which works very well together. I am not a fan of the coconut, it didn’t go too well with beetroot but that is my bias review, my companion who does not like coconut, loved this dish, thought it was an amazing mix of superfood which i agree too.  Much better salad than lot of so called superfood salad shops in Hong Kong.

MEAT

Kathmandu Meatball Mo’s – 10/10
Steamed handmade dumplings stuffed with Austrian grass-fed pork rump, garlic chives, spring onion, spicy wild sesame ‘Jhol’ gravy & smoked buffalo bits

Kathmandu Meatball Mo's

Kathmandu Meatball Mo’s

Kathmandu Meatball Mo's

Kathmandu Meatball Mo’s

Kathmandu Meatball Mo's

Kathmandu Meatball Mo’s

Kathmandu Meatball Mo's

Kathmandu Meatball Mo’s

Momos are Indian dumpling, but these are different, a better version of  momos.  These are ‘meatball’ momos, meaning (how I have translated from the menu) they are juicier and bigger.  The dumplings looked identical in the tangy sauce,  did I mention how addictive the sauce was? As the menu decribed it as ‘ spicy wild sesame ‘Jhol’ gravy & smoked buffalo’.  Whatever it is, it will make you want to slurp the whole dish till it’s clean, it was a little spicy towards the end but definitely mild so do not be afraid to try. bits

Chindian ‘Char Siu’ – 10/10
Mandras candied bacon, basmati crab pilau, pickled ginger & snake beans

Chindian 'Char Siu'

Chindian ‘Char Siu’

Chindian 'Char Siu'

Chindian ‘Char Siu’

Chindian 'Char Siu'

Chindian ‘Char Siu’

I was choosing between the Char Siu or the lamb, the lamb sounded just as good, however in the end Char Siu won us over.  As I am allergic to crabs or shrimps, I asked the lady if they can changed the crab pilau to anything else.  She came back after asking the chef and said they can change it to chorizo, I was more than delighted since I love chorizo.  However when the dish arrived, there was no sign of the chorizo but pineapple which I hate.  I understand that chorizo is probably more expensive, but I was expecting something different.  Nevertheless the ‘Char Siu’ was amazing, I have no idea how many hours they cooked it but the meat melted in my mouth with so much flavours.  Only problem was the sauce was too sweet and there weren’t enough rice to go with it.  Next time I will definitely try the lamb too.

DRINKS
Signature Darus

G&T Mantra – 6/10
Opihr oriental spiced gin, bird eye chilli, frozen cucumber, Fentimans tonic water 

G&T Mantra

G&T Mantra

G&T Mantra

G&T Mantra

Ambience & Interior

Outdoor table setting

Outdoor table setting

Inside

Inside

Fan

Fan

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Locofama next door

Locofama next door

A very small restaurant in the same alleyway as Locofama.  The restaurant itself can only fit 3-4 tables inside and three more tables outside.  I was not given the choice to choose inside or outside, however I was delighted to even get a table at such a late reservation.  It was slightly uncomfortable sitting outside since there was no aircon, and they had a fan blowing in your face and hair all the time.  There were also mosquitoes lurking around but the restaurant do provide mosquito repellent if you ask for it.

Menu

Please click here for the full menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

Drinks menu

Drinks menu

Recommendation

  • What’s The Mattar Paneer?
  • Keralan Beetroot Chops
  • Kathmandu Meatball Mo’s
  • Chindian ‘Char Siu’

Verdict

What’s The Mattar Paneer? – 10/10
Keralan Beetroot Chops – 9/10
Kathmandu Meatball Mo’s – 10/10
Chindian ‘Char Siu’ – 10/10
G&T Mantra – 6/10

I am happy to say, my meal at Blacksalt has been on of the best meal I have had in Hong Kong in 2017.  In every dish you can tell the owner, Taran Chadha has put lots of thoughts and heart into it.  Using only the best home grown ingredients, Blacksalt definitely one of the best Indian restaurant in Hong Kong that is humble yet creative.  I recently travelled to india and Blacksalt is another level with their choice of ingredients and spices.  This isn’t just ordinary Indian cuisine but you can taste different spices that are use in Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal.  When I saw the menu, I was amazed on the prices, everything was in the 100-200 hkd range which is non existent in Central/Sheung Wan/Western District, I was so happy to walk out without feeling robbed, despite they did not accept credit cards so make sure you have enough cash.  I am still amazed and shocked on how affordable the meal was, I left feeling so full that I had to walk half way home to kill some calories, and I felt so healthy and content after getting home.  I will be back many many many times in the future.

PS I left my umbrella at the restaurant, they kindly saved my umbrella till the next day for me.  Service was actually really attentive from the lady, gave me lots of recommendations.

Would I go back again? Yes
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥ 
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 10/10

Damage

the bill

the bill

Approximately 340 hkd per person

Details

Blacksalt

14 Fuk Sau Lane
Sheung Wan
Hong Kong

3702 1237

Wednesday – Monday
18:00 – 23:00
Tuesday
Closed

Reservation
Yes, definitely make a reservation for dinner