VOLUME X  No. 213 W E D N E S D A Y November 12, 2008


Dining and Wining ...
Where To Go ...
Where Not To Go








Name of Restaurant Dot Cot Restaurant and Oyster Bar
Address of Restaurant B4, Basement, Prince's Building, Number 10, Chater Road, Central, Hongkong
Date of Visit Thursday, November 6, 2008  

TARGETs  Rating

    First Impression Excellent Acceptable Poor
    Attentiveness to Customers’ Needs Excellent Acceptable Poor
    Flexibility Excellent Acceptable Poor
    Product Expertise of Serving Staff Excellent Acceptable Poor
    Speed of Service Excellent Acceptable Poor
    Cleanliness of Uniform and Serving Staff Excellent Acceptable Poor
          Lighting Excellent Acceptable Poor
          Music -- None Excellent Acceptable Poor
          General Excellent Acceptable Poor
          Presentation Excellent Acceptable Poor
          Taste Excellent Acceptable Poor
          Quantity Excellent Acceptable Poor
          Choice Extensive Limited Unbalanced
          Cost Reasonable Unreasonable Expensive
          Storage of Wine Good Poor Unknown
          Expertise of Sommelier -- None Excellent Acceptable Poor
Total Cost of Meal    

          Very Expensive

Moderately Expensive       Very Reasonably Priced
Name of Food and Beverage Manager Nil
Name of Executive Chef Mr Colin Gouldsbury  


Sir Noël Peirce Coward, who died on March 26, 1973, wrote many songs, most of them, surviving to this day.  

One of the many favourites of this remarkable man was called: ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’

This little ditty is so true, of yesteryear and today, that even most Englishmen cannot help but chuckle at their own idiosyncrasies.  

The final verse of this song is:  

‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen, go out in the midday sun.
The smallest Malay rabbit deplores this stupid habit.
In Hong Kong, they strike a gong, and fire off a noonday gun.
To reprimand each inmate, who's in late.
In the mangrove swamps where the python romps
there is peace from twelve till two.
Even caribous lie down and snooze, for there's nothing else to do.
In Bengal, to move at all, is seldom if ever done,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.’

In the Hongkong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) of today, things are a little different from the days of Sir Noël Peirce Coward, playwright, prolific composer of lyrical songs as well as a composer of comic operas. 

But, one can find remnants of those British die-hards of Colonial Hongkong, the kind that walked the streets of the territory, during the time of Sir Noël Peirce Coward ... in a small eatery near the heart of the Central Business District! 

But, at Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar, it is not Mad Dogs and Englishmen that go out in the midday sun, they are mad (or maddening) Englishmen, sporting straw hats and safari jackets in the coolness of the evenings, when the sun has descended below the horizon, disappearing into the bowels of Prince’s Building in order to have a gin and tonic and their favourite food. 

Lest TARGET Subscribers are unable to guess the favourite food of these die-hard, British Colonial Englishmen, it is, today, as it has been for decades, fish and chips, not wrapped in newspaper, but placed on plates in this restaurant that is owned by The Hongkong Cricket Club, one of the last vestiges of Colonial Great Britain in the HKSAR. 

TARGET (泰達財經), recently,  had been taken to task for not visiting this watering hole of Englishmen in Central and so, last Thursday, at about 6:25 p.m., this medium gave its best for Dear Old Blighty and descended into the basement of Prince’s Building in order to try the food. 

This is that which was ordered: 

Soup of the Day

Crab Soup

Fillet of Cod Florentine
Baked and Served with Spinach and a Creamy Cheese Sauce


Crab and Parmesan Soufflé

Puree of Swede and Carrot

Pavlova with Cream and Passion Fruit

Fresh Raspberry Tart in Coconut and Hazelnut Pastry

While awaiting the arrival of the soups, in walked an Englishmen, wearing a straw hat, the kind that umpires wear at cricket matches. 

But it was getting on for 7 p.m. – and it was dark outside! 

As good manners demand, this English gentleman, to his credit, did take off his straw chapeau while eating his fish and chips. 

On another table, another English gentleman, wearing a safari jacket and sipping a glass of white wine – where was that warm beer? – was giving a lesson to 2 other English gentlemen about how to invest in stocks and shares. 

On yet another table, a balding English gentleman was studying the menu, very carefully – a menu that has not changed for some time, one waiter informed TARGET

Then, there was that Englishman who took a stroll from his table, over to a display of fresh fish, in order to make his choice – for his order of fish and chips. 

‘Oh! I say! That does look smashing fish, doesn’t it?’ TARGET heard this Englishman remark to his wife (an assumption that the lady was his wife is made by this medium), who was seated at the table, next to TARGET’s. ‘We’ll have some of that!’ 



But an accurate account of this medium’s observations. 

The Food 

Turning to the food, the Soup of the Day was Tomato and it was just as had been promised. 

It was served, piping hot, and it would have been extremely difficult to criticise it. 

There was no hint of monosodium glutamate or any chicken stock: Simply a vegetarian broth.  

As for the Crab Soup, it was dishwater! 

It was completely undrinkable. 

According to a senior waitress (she was wearing a uniform, different from the other serving staff), who noted that TARGET had only tasted the soup and, then, pushed it to one side: ‘Very few people order this soup.’ 

This is quite understandable: After all, who would want to drink it? 

TARGET suggested to this charming waitress that it appeared that the soup, served to this medium, had been the leftovers from lunch to which some water had been added. 

‘Oh, no!’ she said. ‘Very few people would order this soup so I know that it is freshly made.’ 

She promised to tell the chef of this medium’s opinion of the soup, which was, completely, without any discernable taste in spite of their being pieces of black-and- yellow somethings in the bottom of the bowl. 

As for the 2 main courses – the Fillet of Cod Florentine and the Crab and Parmesan Soufflé – they arrived about 15 minutes after the soup bowls had been taken away. 

The reason for the wait was that the soufflé had to be freshly made. 

It was well worth the wait, in this medium’s opinion. 

This soufflé must be among the best in town and it was equal to the spinach soufflé that used to be served at Gaddi’s at The Peninsula Hotel.  

The Cod Florentine was, also, a winner although the surfeit of cheese, in which the dish was floating, tended to mask the taste of the fresh fish, in TARGET’s opinion. 

Such a vast amount of cheese was, really, unnecessary since the dish could stand on its own merits. 

The puree of swede and carrot was, just that: A puree of swede and carrot. 

There is little that one could add to describe this side dish except to state that authentic swedes and fresh carrots had been used in this concoction without any garnish and any other added ingredients. 

As for the 2 desserts, well, one must take into consideration that the food, served up at Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar, is, after all, catering for the taste buds of Mad Dogs and Englishmen, who like to come out in the midday sun. 

Just prior to paying the bill, which was $HK767, all in, a Black Jacket (meaning somebody in a position of authority at this restaurant) said that, had any member of the TARGET team been a member of The Hongkong Cricket Club, a 30-percent reduction in the price of the meal would have been in order. 

Hmm. No wonder that this eatery is so well patronised at lunchtime and in the evenings! 

This restaurant accommodates about 110 people and it does have an Executive Chef, a Mr Colin Gouldsbury. 

Mr Colin Gouldsbury was not present, last Thursday evening, TARGET has confirmed.






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