The One With 85 South – Great BBQ Served, Carolina Style in Hong Kong

They said one can find great food in very casual, laid-back restaurants, and not only at stuffy places. 85 South, newly opened just slightly over seven weeks ago at the rustic lane of Kau U Fong in Sheung Wan, is a testament to that.

85 South Barbeque

Finding the place wasn’t hard – 85 South is easily the brightest lit restaurant along that stretch of the road. The small restaurant has three large communal tables, where friends and strangers alike share space, naturally creating a sense of camaraderie and homely vibe that was evident from the rowdy crowd already gathered for a somewhat early dinner that night.

85 South Barbeque

85 South has a decidedly industrial feel to it. Graffiti painted walls featuring some up-and-coming artistes contrasted perfectly in the planked wall, which I was told was built by hand by one of the owner, Thomas, with material found from the Kwun Tong industrial area. Indeed, the place was steeped in personality, especially the menu. It seems like everything – apart from the large-cut fries – were homemade.

85 South Barbeque

A portion of crowd favourite, Mac & Cheese was served to the table. It was a golden brown, with a texture that is drier than usual but still fragrant. The balance with the prefer the crispy exterior with the delicate and creamy macaroni was a departure from what I am used to when it comes to this common dish, and I confess that I rather prefer this version.

85 South Barbeque

The pulled pork has very strong, meaty taste, and certainly wasn’t as dry as it looks. Thanks to the hickory woodchips used to cook the pork, it also boast a smoky flavour which went very well with my favourite of out of the three sauces available – the west sauce, a smokey, barbecue-y homemade goodness with just the right touch of sweetness. It’s peppery yet not as fiery as one might fear, perfect for the North Carolinian palette.

85 South Barbeque

The pork ribs were a tad dry compared to the pulled pork, but it’s a taste that grow on you. One can certainly appreciate how the meat served at 85 South wasn’t drenched over with overpowering sauce. With five sauces available for your pick, you decide the right amount for your taste. In fact, at the end of the meal I found it hard to decided whether I prefer the pulled pork or the rib.

85 South Barbeque

Surprise for the night was the homemade carrot cupcake with cream cheese. I am impartial towards carrot cake even at the best of time, but perhaps the free-spirit philosophy behind this charming eatery was rubbing off me. I devoured mine with a gusto.

85 South Barbeque

A word of caution with their sour punch – simply a mix of homemade lemonade with vodka, served in striking red plastic cups (which, by the way, would have been perfect if printed with the 85 South gorgeous logo). At first I thought it was a rather mild drink, but like most cocktails mixed well, you would realise the lethal hand that went behind it only much, much later.

85 South Barbeque

Because of its very small menu, 85 South can focus its effort in making sure they serve only the best fare, and do it well, much like how small eateries are run in Japan. The philosophy is certainly apt – for once I wasn’t complaining about the lack of choice. In fact I am already looking forward to the next update to their menu. Perhaps by then, I could finally my favourite North Caroline BBQ dish.

85 South
6-10 Kau U Fong Street,
(right below Gough Street) Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2337-2078


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