Previously home to the late-night dancing joint Lily & Bloom, Le Comptoir’s takeover of the two-floor establishment led to the openings of two well-loved Hong Kong restaurants—Silencio and Poem. Relocating from its previous venue in Repulse Bay (which was named Tri), Poem continues to serve Balinese cuisine in its new LKF venue. Cha Siu Papers Times dropped by on a weekend afternoon to try the Organic Brunch, paired with bottomless champagne for an indulgent feast.
Nestled within Lan Kwai Fong’s LKF Tower in Central, Poem is located within the space which previously housed Lily & Bloom. Interiors are island-chic, with an elegant, sophisticated uplift. Greeted with flooding natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, guests are immediately transported to the Indonesian shores, where hand-crafted furniture from the restaurant’s original location in Repulse Bay fill the room, complemented by antique touches and lush greenery from its abundance of plants.
Poem pays tribute to authentic Indonesian flavours, using fresh, imported Balinese ingredients to curate exotic island cuisine. Dishes focus on artisanal, sustainably-sourced ingredients.
Organic Brunch Menu
The Organic Brunch Menu (HK$348 per person) comprises a range of unlimited appetisers to share, followed by a main course and dessert. Gourmands can add-on a free-flow package Bellini Free Flow (+HK$98) or the Champagne, Wine and Beer Free Flow (+HK$198). We opted for the champagne free-flow package—it is the weekend, after all.
Considering the restaurant is rather upscale (with a casual ambience), the brunch menu is very reasonably priced. Appetisers are unlimited, meaning guests can re-order the same of their favourites—although, it’s rather unlikely to order much more than one more dish after a round of plates. First, we had the Calamari and Beetroot with in house-made basa gede sauce, a crispy, non-oily concoction which complemented well with the fresh, seasonal vegetables.
We loved the Island Fruit Salad Exotic, using tropical fruits with chili tamarind and cashew nuts for a tropical update. The Mussel Salad was also a winning feat, sprinkled with sweet corn, coriander and chili vinaigrette. A less enticing dish was the traditional island-style Chicken Flatbread stuffed with chicken—it was a bit dry and bland for our liking. Finally, the Shrimp Tempura served with chilli mayo was another seafood dish which didn’t overwhelm the senses, but made a hearty, familiar snacking option.
We ordered two main dishes to share—there are four options to choose from, each served with sautéed seasonal vegetables and organic rice. First, we tried the Slow Cooked Duck Leg, served with sambal matah and cucumber salad. The meat was tender falling off the bone and paired well with the fresh cucumber.
We also shared the Beef Rendang, a dish using slow-cooked wagyu beef served with potatoes and baby carrots. As a more authentic Balinese dish, it felt more well-suited to the environment than the latter, coated in a rich, lightly-spicy sauce.
For the Tropical Island Dessert Platter, guests are served with the Chef’s daily selection. Ours comprised warm banana cake, pandan cake and mango milk pudding—a hearty sweet treat. The banana cake was a particular highlight, a dish which gave me warming childhood memories from Bali travels.
A chic, urban Balinese escape
Part of the well-established Comptoir Group, Poem is decked in stunning interiors—much like many of its sister restaurants—using a Balinese theme unique to Hong Kong. Whisking guests away from the downtown hustle, the restaurant serves modern Indonesian cuisine in a chic, tropical venue. Service is friendly and the ambience is cosy, making it a cool urban respite for city dwellers.
Poem, 5/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 6166, poem.hk