Simple and Traditional – Mr Collins

Hello to my Dearest Readers :) I am writing this post in the plane as I’m going to back to Hong Kong for a couple of weeks to visit family, friends, shop and most importantly EAT! Follow me on Instagram and you’ll know exactly what I get up to. Anyhow, a couple of weeks ago I was invited to Mr Collins in the Docklands for lunch and was asked to bring a friend as well.

Mr Collins at Collins Square

Mr Collins at Collins Square

Since it was in the city, I decided to ask my colleague Yue to come, it would be a great chance for us to catch up before I headed off and was still quite close to our office. In the past couple of months, I’ve heard of so many new cafes/restaurants popping up in the Docklands, which I think is really nice because a lot of my friends work there and use to complain about the lack of eateries ~

Mr Collins

Mr Collins is located inside an office building (not sure which one) and adjacent with a modern food court. I really liked the seating they had outside the restaurant which had a lot of natural light coming through. The concept here at Mr Collins is to serve homemade style Italian dishes and where possible they make all their pastas and sauces from scratch.

White Wine

We started the luncheon with some white wine and prosecco, who said you can’t drink on a work day lunch even though I did turn quite red :P It was then followed by a charcuterie board with a good range of salami, bresaola, various cheeses and brae cheese with pear and honey drizzled over which was my favourite. Great way to start our meal, but I had to pace myself because I knew there was going to be a lot of food coming our way!

Charcuterie board

Charcuterie board

Frank Nesci introduced himself to us and explained that he has been in the hospitality industry since he was 12 years old at his parents restaurant. Before Mr Collins, Frank and his family owned and managed Healthy Habits, Sputino and Fancy Fillings. Many of these outlets can be found in food courts in most shopping centres.

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

I know bruschetta sounds like a very simply dish, but this one at Mr Collins was probably one of the best I’ve had for a long time. I’m not sure if it’s the housemade bread or the fresh tomatoes, the flavours just melded without each other very well.

Mains - Squid ink pasta, gnocchi and ravioli

Main – Squid ink pasta, gnocchi and ravioli

There was then a short wait for the mains, which I understand as there were quite a few of us, and normally we wouldn’t have mind, just Yue and I had a meeting so we had to rush back ~ We all got our own plate of pasta with squid ink garlic prawn pasta, gnocchi in a tomato base sauce and ravioli. the prawn pasta was the most flavoursome and the prawner was cooked well. I found the gnocchi to be a little soft while the ravioli was nice with a soft cheese filling, sorry guys forgot what it was exactly.

Pizza - prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, rocket

Pizza – prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, rocket

The food kept coming, we then had two pizzas to share. The first was the proscuito, rocket and mozzarella cheese, my type of pizza. Really liked the topping and the flavour in the dough, not sure if they use a wood fire oven but it sure had that texture. Yue did find the base of the pizza a little wet, but we think it might be because we were at the end of the table and the last to take the pizza.

Pizza - Mozzerella cheese

Pizza – Mozzerella cheese

The second pizza had a drier base and that was the simple tomato base mozzarella pizza. Like the bruschetta it was simple but very tasty.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Would have loved to stayed and chat to everyone, but we had to rush off. Just before we got up, Ashleigh from Harvey PR made my day by bringing over the dessert tiramisu in a tall glass jar. I’m definitely no expert when it comes to tiramisu but I really enjoyed the strong hit of coffee and the creaminess from the mascarpone cheese.

How cool is this loaf of bread?!

How cool is this loaf of bread?!

Overall, I like how Mr Collins focuses on making traditional simple dishes and not overly modernising the dishes. Think Mr Collins is a great addition to the growing number of restaurants in the Docklands providing people more lunch and dinner options. I know they make all their cakes and sweet in house as well, so next time I’m going to have to come back and try some of the cakes :)

Mr Collins Cafe on Urbanspoon

Yue and Daisy@Nevertoosweet dined at Mr Collins as guests of Harvey Publicity 

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14 thoughts on “Simple and Traditional – Mr Collins

  1. andy1076 February 16, 2014 at 3:33 am Reply

    I so love the way the dishes are set out, especially the Bruschetta and the Prosciutto, though I’m surprised to see mozzarella in use for the pizza instead of goat cheese given the way they placed it, looks yum :)

  2. hotlyspiced February 16, 2014 at 10:11 am Reply

    I hope you’re having a lovely time OS. I’ll look forward to keeping up with your adventure on Insti. I love the look of the food at Mr Collins. The antipasto plate looks really good as does the pizza (as long as the base isn’t soft!) xx

  3. renxkyoko February 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Oh, goodness, gracious ! lovely, delicious photos 0f food… Ah, bruschetta. ! ! !

  4. Winnie @ Eat.Play.Shop. February 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm Reply

    What a lovely catch up! Have a fabulous time in HK Daisy!

  5. Helen | Grab Your Fork February 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Such a fancy looking tiramisu! And I love puffy pizza bases. So generous with the mozzarella!

  6. newintstudents February 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm Reply

    I love the green and red bread. What is it called? I may have to order this if I am there. And what else should this vegetarian and seafood lover order?

  7. Cubic Zirconia stone February 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Awesome post .i hope everybody will like your post

  8. msihua (@msihua) February 17, 2014 at 9:54 pm Reply

    Looks beautiful, but Docklands is way too far for me :(

  9. Bam's Kitchen February 18, 2014 at 12:55 am Reply

    Hi Daisy! Welcome back to HK! Give me a jingle if you want to meet up on HK Island. Take Care, BAM

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 18, 2014 at 10:50 am Reply

    I was here just yesterday Daisy for breakfast! I had the breaky bruschetta which was really good :D

  11. milkteaxx February 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm Reply

    the bread is so cool!

  12. winstonthehungryexcavator March 4, 2014 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Oooohh… Another interesting find, Daisy. Thanks for sharing this place with us. I do think that this part of town really does need more establishments like these to attract the rest of us to the area! Hope to make my way here sometime

  13. Christina | The Hungry Australian March 4, 2014 at 11:55 pm Reply

    Those pizzas look great, Daisy. Hope you’re having fun in HK – from your Instagram feed you are spending nearly every minute eating! ;)

  14. Zoe October 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm Reply

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