Liberty Exchange Kitchen and Bar

I wanted to try this place out for a while. Luckily I didn’t have to plan anything as it was picked for a friend’s birthday. We got the private room inside and the great thing was that there was no minimum charge. They had some decent beers on tap, and as I love my dark beers these days, I naturally picked a pint of Leffe Brune.

Liberty Exchange Kitchen and Bar

AMUSE BOUCHE
Crispy Mozzarella Ball
The mozzarella ball came as an amuse bouche. It was crispy on the ourside but unfortunately the cheese inside was only lukewarm so it wasn’t as good as it could have been. The tomato and the greens balanced out the fried factor.

Crispy Mozzarella Ball

STARTERS
8-hr French Onion Soup – blended gruyere . white cheddar
I’m guessing that this means the soup was cooked for 8-hours. The soup itself was thick and very flavourful. The caramelized onions were sweet and went well with the slight salt of the cheese. The bread was soft from soaking up the soup. Actually I prefer some of my bread to be crispy still so perhaps would have preferred the bread on the side. But I don’t want to take away from the soup because it was still really good.

8-hr French Onion Soup

Liberty Steak Tartare – truffle mayonnaise . soft boiled quail’s egg . parmesan fries
The beef tartare had a sweet taste to it and was wonderful in the mouth. The parmesan fries were pretty good but it was the truffle mayonnaise that really perks up the fries. However, I wish the quail egg was actually runny. On the menu it does say that the quail egg is soft boiled, but clearly mine is not. Runny yolk all over the steak tartare would have been wonderful… Can’t you just imagine it?

Liberty Steak Tartare

MAINS
Buttermilk Fried Chicken – house cornbread . spring vegetables . caramelized honey gravy
Honestly, I’m not sure why I’m comparing a restaurant like Liberty with KFC when you look at the price, comfort etc… (perhaps its ingrained in my mind that KFC = fried chicken). KFC fried chicken is good, but this is even better! I have to say that I was very impressed with the fried chicken here. The chicken was of a very nice quality and despite it appearing dry on the outside, the meat inside was completely different. There was a mix of dark and white meat. Normally I prefer dark meat because it is fatter and thus harder to screw up and dry out. While the chicken legs and thighs from KFC are usually nice, the breast is usually a bit dry. At Liberty, both the dark and white meats were amazingly juicy and succulent. It was so good, that it really did not need the gravy. The vegetables were nothing to shout about but was good with the spare gravy. The cornbread on the other hand was like the chicken, very good. It was warm and amazingly tasty with a slight crunch as you bite into it for great texture. I could have eaten a lot more of the cornbread!

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Pig Trio (Loin, Belly, Shoulder) – roasted loin . confit belly . guinness braised shoulder . stewed lentils . charred brussel sprouts . curried cauliflower puree
The pork trio consisted of the pork belly, pork shoulder and pork loin on a bed of lentils and cauliflower mash. The pork belly while still fatty, was less fatty than I expected. It was very juicy with all the fat and tasted great. It was my second time trying pork shoulder recently, and for some reason, again I am left disappointed. The pork shoulder was shredded but had a dry and tough feel to it. In the mouth it was quite chewy. Last but not least, the pork loin was the best. The knife could cut through easily and it was extremely tender and moist. It tasted superb and reminded me of really good and expensive sausage. The lentils and mashed potatoes were also really nice and went well with the trio of pork. It actually did help the dry-ish pork shoulder improve.

Pig Trio (Loin, Belly, Shoulder)

Overall, I do recommend visiting Liberty Exchange. The food here is nice and not too expensive. There are a few other dishes I would like to try still, especially the Tamarind Braised Beef Short Rib with Crispy Polenta, Glazed Daikon and Pickled Red Onions.

Recommended:

  • 8-hr French Onion Soup
  • Liberty Steak Tartare
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Pig Trio (Loin, Belly, Shoulder)

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Liberty Exchange Kitchen and Bar
G/F, Exchange Square Two, 8 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
2810 8400

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