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ho.mei

Address
Address:
Shop 8,
38-52 Waterloo Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 2 8021 4806
Cuisine
Cuisine: Asian, Tapas
Chef
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
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Some may think it’s a little risky to open a Modern Asian tapas restaurant right next door to a Japanese Izakaya. But in Sydney, risk-taking is on the rise, and with the promise of Asian comfort food at wallet-pleasing prices, we are all for it. What was once the fun Latin American eatery El Capo on Waterloo Street, Surry Hills is now home to ho.mei (aka homei or delicious in Chinese). This humbly dressed space offers an evolving tapas menu of Modern Asian share plates by Chef Thomas Ly and a relaxed dining environment, with Romi Kwan manning front of house operations.

This Restaurant is BYO wine on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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LOCATION
On Waterloo Street. 10 minute walk from Central Station.

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Nestled between Orto Trading Co. and Izakaya Fujima, ho.mei is a Modern Asian tapas restaurant that has great potential.The fit-out is modest, with cute black wooden tables and an assortment of retro chairs in white, black and red hues. Colourful snapshots of the back streets in central Hong Kong and Burma line the restaurant’s walls while soulful-pop tunes linger in the background, creating a mellow atmosphere.

Thomas Ly heads up the kitchen, offering an evolving selection of homely Asian fusion share plates, which come in small and large selections. To begin, steamed king prawn and pork dumplings spiced with XO sauce arrive pretty as a picture and are a robust and spicy combo. A warm lightly-battered char-grilled aubergine salad is wonderfully tangy, buttoned with mushrooms, julienned chillies, coriander and lime dressing, but it’s the aromatic beef brisket that steals the show. A generous tomato-based curry of tender, stringy beef comes in a cinnamon, star-anise-spiced potage with mushrooms, carrots and a smattering of herbs. Poured generously over steamed rice, it’s an esteemed combination. The restaurant offers a small, accessible wine list and from Monday to Friday from 6-7pm there is happy hour, with 10 buck cocktails and a glass of house wine for a measly fiver. Bargain.

So where does this leave ho.mei? It’s no Longrain or Jimmy Liks, but it’s sure as hell a step up from your local takeaway. This is a solid suburban eatery that is in no way pretentious, just good, well-priced food with friendly service that’s delivered with a big smile. If that’s not enough to warrant a return, I don’t know what is.

Sami-Jo Adelman
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ho.mei - User Reviews

Linda:

I love this restaurant. The food is really delicious, the staff are very friendly and the restaurant has a great atmosphere. I really enjoyed the banquet which was just perfect with so many amazing flavours and a great way to try a little bit of every thing. I recommend this restaurant for sure.review  27/01/2013

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Linda Johnson:

This is just what we needed in this little part of Surry Hills. A happy, friendly and cosy Chinese restaurant. Love that you can take away or just pop in for a quick bite and not feel out of place. The dishes are different without being too fancy and arty. Just the right mix. Nice wine list too.review  28/11/2012

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