Tsim Sha Tsui
Date of review: January 16, 2015 | Reviewed by:
With dim lighting, white tablecloths and flowers on every table, La Saison is the ideal choice for a romantic dinner for two. There is an open kitchen where you can watch the talented chefs at work and large windows looking out across the bright lights of Tsim Sha Tsui. The restaurant also features a decorated courtyard ideal for pre-dinner cocktails, filled with palm trees and a riot of brightly coloured flowers.
Rich and delicious, but with typically small portions, a meal at La Saison will leave you filling sated and happy. After a sampling of amuse bouches, we start with the pan-seared duck foie gras with roasted apple slices and a white wine sauce, which comes with a basket of warm bread from the oven. The foie gras is smooth, and filled with a variety of flavours, combining beautifully with the trio of jellies that accompanies it. Next is the smoked ham hock rillettes with garlic and creamed spinach, but unfortunately it comes bland and needs lots of seasoning to make it edible. For our main course, we opted for the Miyazaki A4 beef tenderloin in mushroom sauce with morels and mashed potatoes on the side. The beef is cooked to our liking: rare, but tender and filled with a mixture of spices. We also try the pan-seared scallops with aubergine slices, girolles and veal juice, which are large, juicy and well cooked, but pale in comparison to the fantastic beef option. For dessert, the moelleux au chocolat is a must-try: gooey and moist on the outside but creamy on the inside, it is served with hazelnut ice cream and may be the highlight of your evening.
The wine selection is varied, and the sommelier is happy to let us taste numerous options before choosing. Highlights include a pinot noir from Nicolas Potel and a cabernet sauvignon from Reserva Carmen.
Attentive, warm and friendly without being too overbearing, the service is excellent throughout our dining experience. Empty glasses are readily filled without making us feel hurried or overly watched.
A three-course meal for two with two glasses of wine each will cost approximately HK$2,800, but considering the high quality of food and level of service, we find this a reasonable price to pay.