SML The Press Room Group’s restaurant

For those of you who didn’t know what SML mean, yes you got it right! – Small, Medium and Large, is a fancy restaurant by the Press Room Group. Located in the restaurant hot spot zone of Times Square, Causeway Bay, This establishment is an experimental dining operation that is governed by size.

The concept of SML is basically to offer what they call a ‘democratic dining experience’. You can simply choose to feast yourselves with a full dinner, sharing many dishes or just a dish just for yourself. I personally quite like the concept as it does break away from the conventional starter-main-dessert format and introduce a brand new dining experience that is both dynamic and choice-driven.

The restaurant gives you a feeling of ambience Mediterranean /Mexican, original as well as refreshing at the same time. There is the 8-feet tall ‘SML Baby’ created by Michael Lau standing right at the entrance. You just can’t miss it! The interior, designed by Alexi Robinson, gives a refreshingly neutral feel to the space in terms of colors and textures and in the use of hand-crafted materials. What surprised me is the huge patio area, a really rare feature for a restaurant in this building!

SML’s menu covers a broad range of Mediterranean style of cuisine with everything from meat, seafood, pastas, risottos, salads, soups and more, and they’re all with a simple concept of size-oriented (Small – tapas size, Medium – for one or to mix & match with friends, Large – for sharing). One of the waiters claimed that the Pasta is one of their ‘signature’ dishes, which I found it to be very delicious. I was amazed that the open kitchen did a pretty good job of churning all the dishes out quite quickly which means your orders are oven hot.. It’s a trademark of theirs and SML strives to fulfill various appetites and needs from this something-for-everyone menu.

Let’s cool off the hot heat with at times the spicy dishes and indulge in your sweet tooth with some lovely desserts. The Tiramisu and The Caramel Profiteroles with Butterscotch Sauce were just simply irresistible for those days when you must get your sugar fix!

Their wine selection is extensive. You can even try out the self service Enomatic Wine Dispenser that offers a range of wines by the taste, half or full glass. Additional to wines there is a range of cocktails and mock-tails for your selections. No doubt it is the food and restaurant concept that stands out in the Times Square dining venue. The pricing is mid-range and considerately great value. SML is by far the most ambitious eatery in the building with something-for-everyone menu.

11/F, Times Square, Food Forum
1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
T: +852 2577 3444

By Ling Gi