Date of review: April 2, 2014 | Reviewed by:
Oversized brass lanterns add art deco flair to this bright and buzzy modern French brasserie, which offers expansive views over Victoria Harbour. Temptation surrounds you with an impressive floor-to-ceiling wine cellar and a fresh seafood bar bookending the spacious and tastefully designed dining area. For a romantic date, snuggle up in one of the intimate booths with a sumptuous seafood platter and let the sounds of soft jazz fill your ears.
Lovers of classic French bistro fare will not be disappointed with this feel-good menu featuring the best of the country’s culinary delights, from coq au vin and duck confit to Burgundy-style red wine braised beef cheeks. Not to be missed is the seafood platter—a generous mountain of fresh and succulent fruits de mer. The standard size is an ideal starter for two hungry people to share or opt for the “grand” size for a family feast.Featuring oysters, lobster, crab, prawns, sea whelks, cockles and clams, this decadent celebration of the sea was juicy and satisfyingly chewy, but never tough or rubbery. The suckling pig had perfectly crispy skin atop a delicate layer of fat and a satisfying hunk of tender meat, and came with al dente vegetables and creamed mustard gravy. The accompanying matchstick potatoes were a little dry so we ordered an extra portion of homemade French fries, which were tantalisingly crunchy on the outside yet light and fluffy in the middle and even more delicious when paired with the tangy and moreish Roquefort cream sauce. The chocolate mousse and whipped cream dessert was too heavy for our taste and lacked the fluffiness we craved.
An impressive “Tour de France” wine menu overflows with more than 150 varieties from Alsace, Bordeaux and Burgundy to Provence and the Rhone Valley. If you don’t want an entire bottle, there 15 options by the glass, which includes the aromatic and citrusy Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes 2011 and the smooth and intensely berryish 2011 Bouchard Pere & Fils La Vignee Bourgogne Pinot Noir.
Attentive from the word go but without being smothering, the cheery and efficient waiting staff ensured our glasses were never empty, our table was neat and tidy, and dishes were served and cleared at a comfortable pace. Their knowledge of the menu was also much appreciated when it came to choosing between so many delicious-sounding dishes.
Our dinner for two set us back around HK$1,900 – however, if you forgo the pricey seafood platter, a classic French bistro meal here will average around HK$1,200.