The One With Classified Happy Valley – Best Kept Public Secret

Nowadays when I go out for meals, I always ask my friends to order food for everyone to share. This is because (1) I almost never go out and eat alone, and (2) if I am the ordering, I would often end up with food with familiar-sounding names.

That was my explanation during my recent dinner at Classified. Nevertheless, I was asked what would those “familiar sounding” food would be, so I obliged. I pointed at this and that, and in the end we ended up ordering almost the exact same thing.

So much for being adventurous.

Classified Happy Valley

The Classified outlet in Happy Valley has a very laid-back feel to it. Wooden stools, hardback chairs and an open kitchen made it felt like an all-day diner, and it was. The all day menu was only 3-4 pages, which I liked as I am one of those indecisive ones when presented with endless choices.

Roasted Pumpkin & Chorizo Salad (HK$82)

Classified Happy Valley

This was a good choice as starter. Served with wild leaves, green beans and vine tomatoes, the portion of roasted pumpkin was too small for my taste though the excellent chorizo more than made up for it. A word of warning though: the “chilli & lime” dressing actually comes with cili padi – sliced bird’s eye chili which is extremely spicy, so if you are novice I suggest you ask for the salad without it. But if you are adventurous, like I did, I enjoyed the salad with glassed of plain water.

Classified Burger (HK$96)

Classified Happy Valley

Diet? What diet? I officially kissed mine goodbye when this was served. English bacon and Swiss cheese served on deliciously toasted seeded sourdough bun. I contemplated eating that layer by layer, or cut into halves. In the end I opted for the latter, and it was a wise choice. The burger tasted delicious – a far cry from my previous burger experience – and I loved it how the burger halves didn’t fall apart as I took a bite. The chilli fries, on the other hand, was just average, but of course not something you can’t fix with a healthy dollop of ketchup. If you want more ooomph for your burger, try adding sauteed foie gras (HK$70)… though I can’t imagine what a calories bomb that would be!

Wild Mushroom Risotto (HK$123)

Classified Happy Valley

I start to think that a great risotto must come with shavings of black truffle. I would like my risotto to be chewy – like the one in Goccia – and this one in Classified was a little less than that. But the chunky mushrooms and generous truffle more than made up for it. And that soft poached egg? It would do better if it is more runny, but overall it was a commendable experience.

Classified Happy Valley

A word about the restaurant. There is quite an extensive wine list available. These wine bottles are available for take away too, which saves you $100 off the listed price in the menu. I had a glass of Rose, which made the whole dinner rather relaxing.

Classified Happy Valley

The staff was very jovial – from the ever courteous wait staff to the always-laughing kitchen crew – which made my virgin experience at Classified a very pleasant one. The food was served in quick succession, which can be a tad uncomfortable considering our table for two. The restaurant is quite small which could probably sit up to 30 patrons, so do book ahead and reserve if you want to spend a leisurely afternoon there.

Classified Happy Valley

Verdict? Classified at Happy Valley is best classified (pun intended) as a homey, laid-back bistro for that relaxed weekend afternoon over a cup of coffee or hearty meal. Price wise it would be a little on the high side, but with great budgeting comes great food experiences. I also heard the pizzas are pretty decent fare too. Perhaps I should pay a visit again before too long.

Classified Happy Valley
G/F, 13 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley
2891 3454

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