Restaurant ・ Middle Eastern
The food at Francis is definitely authentic. Behind the stove, chef Asher Goldstein, who was born in Tel-Aviv, is bringing his roots to the table. The Middle East has its place on sommelier Simon Sammuri’s wine list, too, with select wines from Lebanon enhancing a good selection by the glass, while there is a very reasonably priced collection of wines by the bottle, too, priced at either $350 or $600 a bottle and sourced from small producers who grow with care for the environment. Francis offers space for just 30 guests, with in-on-the-action bar chairs, intimate low tables and see-and-be-seen counter seating window-side that allows for dining both outside and in. Sleek, chic and sophisticated with grey stone, black leather and gold accenting, attention has been paid to design details throughout, while at the back, the raised kitchen with brass paneling provides behind-the-scenes access. The setting is a far cry from the more traditional environs of its cuisine yet it’s contemporary and cosy. And it fits with what the team at Francis, led by James Ward, former restaurant manager at Aqua, Zafran and The Ocean, say they are doing—authentic Middle Eastern flavours in an inviting (Hong Kong) neighbourhood setting. And that, for the most part, they are doing well.
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