Shop 103-104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Barbecue, seafood and margaritas are all you need to know if you’re planning a visit to Limewood, the beachside restaurant that’s a favourite weekend haunt for Southsiders. Dishing up a global spread influenced by Southeast Asian, Hawaiian, South American and Caribbean cuisines, Limewood’s island fare will put you in the mood for putting on your bathers and sunnies.
Inspired by California’s seaside restaurants, Limewood has the West Coast vibes down to a tee, its relaxed, coastal setting helped along by tropical-style decor in azure shades of green. While the breezy setting piques the interests of passers-by strolling along the sand, it’s the smell of sizzling seafood and meat on the grill that draws you in.
If you weren’t craving barbecue before, you certainly are now. Whether it’s Jamaican jerk chicken with caramelised pineapple or roasted line-caught sea bass in a Southeast Asian dressing, most of the dishes here owe their charm to flames. The barbecue gets fired up from morning to night, and the burning coal lends its smoky depth to fresh seafood, tropical fruit and veggies, as well as premium hunks of meat imported from New Zealand and the United States.
If the white sand and surf have you craving seafood, you’ll want to start from the appetisers selection, with shareable starters including spicy Australian bigeye tuna poké with chipotle and pickled red onion, spicy tiger prawns rolled with creamy avocado, and softshell crab salad dipped in a ponzu mayo. The fried fish tacos are also irresistible, lightly battered fish fingers beneath a shower of purple cabbage and zesty chipotle mayo.
On to the mains, the deep-fried whole snapper is a stunner, served Thai-style with lemongrass and kaffir lime to combat the heat from punchy green peppercorns. For a healthier alternative, opt for the roasted sea bass or charred whole sea bream with a fresh topping of ginger, spring onion and green chutney.
Of course, hearty meats also feature on the menu – this is a beachside barbecue after all. Carnivores can tear into the New Zealand lamb rack in a fragrant Penang-style curry, juicy Australian sirloin with a zesty chimichurri and 48-hour charred beef ribs slathered in a mango-infused barbecue sauce. Style your spread with sides of deep-fried plantain and smashed potato salad with cumin and top it all off with golden-fried hand-piped churros, served alongside tropical coconut ice cream.
Sangrias, frescas, mojitos and margaritas flow from the open bar, slaking the thirst of patrons and enhancing those vacation vibes. For a tropical treat, order the Charred Coconut Piña Colada, with its luscious layer of coconut cream hiding a smoky blend of aged coconut rum and fresh pineapple.
Life moves a little slower on the Southside, and a meal at Limewood can easily stretch from lunch to dinner, with ice-cold pitchers of margaritas and the fresh seaside fare fuelling long, relaxed meals by the sea. Whether it’s a booze-soaked party with friends or a romantic date night dinner overlooking the ocean, Limewood is a little slice of paradise in Hong Kong – a beachside outpost worthy of its postcard setting.