Yat Lok is a much heralded one Michelin Star restaurant specializing in roasted meat, goose in particular.
Anthony Bourdain has dine on camera several times over the years at this very restaurant. Some people complain about the price, saying that it is very expensive for what it is, and that there are many other restaurant that serves roasted meats at a much better price.
That may be, but along with Kam’s, Yat Lok sets the gold standard.
From the street, the restaurant has a very small storefront, and you could easily pass by it without much thought.
The only thing that may catch your attention is the roasted meats hanging in the large window, along with the multitude of Michelin Star stickers.
They do have menus in English. Once you are seated, look above you, as the English menus are usually hanging on the wall somewhere.
There was some communication breakdown somewhere between placing my order, and the dish I received. I ordered the roast goose and roast pork platter at $155 HKD, along with a side of vegetables.
Once the order was brought to my table, I was severely disappointed in the portion size for the price. I now understood why many people got upset with the supposedly high prices.
The roast goose was glimmering in goose fat and glaze. The skin was very crunchy with just the right amount of fat under the skin to coat your mouth in oily deliciousness. The goose itself was rich and succulent. The roasted pork has a very thick and crunchy skin that bordered on jaw breaker hard. I thought the roasted pork skin at Lei Garden was thick and crunchy, but that was nothing compared to Yat Lok. The pork itself was tender and full of flavor. The roasted meat sat atop a pile of rice with a drizzle of goose fat sauce.
The vegetables were tender and barely wilted, retaining some texture. It came with a small side of sauce that was slightly sweet, with Chinese five spice.
Once my bill came, I was pleasantly surprised. Rather than the $155 HKD I was expecting; my bill was $73 HKD. For just under $10 at a one star Michelin restaurant, this is a great deal. Yat Lok is worth a trip for a very affordable one Michelin star experience. Going at off times may be your best bet as wait times can be considerably long from what I hear.