Left: Jeff Rotmeyer. Right: US Hormone-free Flank Steak, Roasted Cauliflower, Rocket, Carbonara (bottom) and Seared Prawn Macaroni au Gratin, Rosette Salami, Bottarga, Orange Zest and Ginger (top)
As we looked around in the dining area, I could see what Jeff meant about needing human interaction to have hope. Roots was full when we arrived, and it felt like a melting pot of not only flavours and ingredients, but of people. Just as the food was a fusion between a cha chaan teng and a French bistro, Roots is set by a narrow staircase that gives it the air of a Paris street cafe, but take those stairs and you’re back to downtown Wan Chai via a sitting area where elderly residents gather, just as in many grassroots areas in Hong Kong. We remarked on the vibrant, diverse neighbourhood — part of what makes Hong Kong truly unique.
To us, that mix is refreshing, and it’s the same sensation we felt as we dove into more Cantonese-French desserts. A sweet finish to our lunch, and to our hopes for our beloved Hong Kong.