Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
Thanks to ChineseBites, I had the opportunity to visit Firebird Cafe with fellow blogger Sophia (Everyday Is a Food Day) and our respective +1’s. If you can recall, it is in the same location that Deer Garden used to be in Continental Centre. Firebird Cafe also happens to be serving the same kind of food as Deer Garden i.e. noodle soup and HK style cafe food. The interior looks the same as Deer Garden too. You can basically pretend it’s Deer Garden but with a different name.
The ordering sheet looked fairly similar to what you would find at Deer Garden.
None of us felt like ordering the noodle soups though and we were more drawn towards the custom sizzling grills!
First off, we started with some drinks. From left to right: Mango slush with coconut jelly, Peach green tea with pearls, Taro milk tea with pearls and Milk tea with grass jelly. I tried the peach green tea and taro milk tea and they were both good to me. Not as good as Chatime but I’m not that picky about my bubble tea. The pearls had the right consistency and sweetness to me.
For $13.95, you can choose two items, a side (e.g. rice, fries etc.) and a sauce. We chose an additional item which would’ve cost $3.95. The first sizzling plate had fish fillet, chicken wings, chicken steak and spaghetti with an onion sauce. There was also some mayo/tartar sauce for the fish. The meats were all nicely cooked. The chicken was tender, the fish wasn’t dry and the chicken wings were quite crispy. Even without the sauce, the chicken steak was flavourful. The vegetables were bland as expected and needed the sauce for some flavour. If I had to pay for this I wouldn’t get an additional item though since it’s a bit pricey.
The other sizzling plate we had consisted of chicken steak, chicken wings and ribeye steak on fries with the same side of veggies and I believe a mushroom sauce. The ribeye steak was not chewy and the chicken steak and chicken wings were consistent with the other sizzling plate we had. Didn’t try the fries.
Here’s the full spread! I actually got too excited and forgot to take pictures of the two baked rice dishes that we ordered. So in the back we have the classic Baked Pork Chop on Rice and at the front, I decided to get the Baked Spicy Curry Chicken on Rice since I’ve never tried it before.
The portions of rice were huge! Both dishes had a good portion of meat and tons of rice. It’s good if you eat a lot since you will be full for sure. Both of the baked dishes were around $11? The spicy curry chicken on rice also came with some onions and potatoes which were slightly crispy from being baked. I was glad the curry actually had a spicy kick to it!
For our appetizer, we had the Taiwanese Chicken Nuggets which were amazingly good. Each piece was meaty, crispy and well-seasoned. The portion was larger than expected as well. I probably ended up eating half of this!
Lastly we had the Deep Fried Squid. This dish arrived last and we joked that it was because they spent too much time plating it. You can’t tell from this photo, but the squid was sitting on top of some crunchy looking noodles and there was sliced tomato underneath. I don’t think anyone would eat it though. On the side, we have a strange looking emulsion of mayo and Thai sweet chili sauce. Maybe they could’ve mixed it better… The squid wasn’t as hot and crispy as the chicken nuggets either. The batter had some seaweed flakes infused. The portion was much bigger than expected but sadly it fell short of our expectations.
Overall we enjoyed our experience here. It seems like a fairly standard HK style cafe and I wouldn’t mind coming back. They’re also not very busy so no line ups!