There’s been a change in the simple, newish space that used to house Latin-inspired El Capo on Waterloo Street in Surry Hills. With Romi Kwan on the floor and chef Thomas Ly in the kitchen, ho.mei has landed with Asian tapas.
“It means delicious in Cantonese,” says Kwan of the restaurant’s name, pointing out that the mix of Asian dishes draws on the experience and heritage from the team, family and friends.
They’ve been in the space for three months and already lunch boxes of pork belly and kim chi are lunchtime favourites for eating in or office workers taking away.
It’s another menu focused on sharing, with dishes like duck pancakes, fish sang choi bao and five-spice calamari taking centre stage. To top it all off, a photographic mural of a Hong Kong eat street dominates one wall, while smaller images of wet markets and kitchens line up opposite – all taken by friends.
It’s a clean, simple feel for a venue that lets the vibrant flavours shine.