Locofama (11 Fuk Sau Lane, between 2nd and 3rd Street and Western Street) just opened in August 2013 and my friend recommended that I check it out. After a late night at the office, I decided to pop in for a solo dinner. Locofama is hidden in an alleyway and it was so hard to find that my taxi driver even got lost! I was rewarded with a quaint restaurant tucked in the corner of the alleway.
Locofama promotes healthy, fresh and nutritious meals. I walked in and was immediately tempted by the ox tail pasta, which was wafting from the table next to me. I settled in with a fresh glass of orange, carrot and ginger juice that was served in a beautiful mason glass.
I unintentionally ended up ordering very Japanese-fusion food, starting with the “happy avocado.” It was an avocado halved and topped generously with fresh tuna and salmon. The fish was so incredibly fresh and I honestly can’t remember the last time I had tuna so fresh. I love avocado so I was a happy camper and greedily scooped up every last bit from my hollow shell.
For my main course, I ordered the oolong tea soba noodles, which was served cold with a creamy sesame sauce and pickled mushrooms. It was a simple but satisfying meal. The portion was actually quite large and I could only eat half of it. My friend who recommended the restaurant swore by the 48-hour cooked short ribs and poached egg with truffle salmon/bacon. If I ever go back, I’d gladly order the short ribs or oxtail pasta.
Next to the restaurant is a cute grocery store selling organic snacks and baby products. It reminded me of a mini Whole Foods. There was actually a small table in the middle of the store and one of the staff members explained to me that you can reserve it for a private dinner or event. It seemed like a nice place to celebrate a birthday dinner.
My only problem with Locofama is that they have one chef for the entire restaurant! Considering that both of my dishes were cold and required very little prep, I was getting annoyed that I had to wait close to an hour for my food. I was hoping for a “quick” meal after work and I was just tired and wanted to go home. I’m sure if I had company, the time would have passed by more quickly and the experience would have been more enjoyable. So I would recommend going early before it gets really busy and backed up with orders. Also, it’s not close to a MTR so you will have to take a cab to Sheung Wan/Western. Let the driver know you want to go to Second St. and Western St. and then you can just walk down the alleyway easily.