The well-known late night Wyndham Street hot spot, Paradis, is currently going through a concept and menu makeover. Bringing in Executive Chef Wes Long to shake things up, he’s given the restaurant’s menu a much-needed lift into Hong Kong’s opulent dining scene. Paradis is trying to break away from its current late night party persona and appeal to earlier Central diners.. But is the food (French/Caribbean) worth a 7:00 pm visit?
Tucked away on Shin Hing Street on the border of Central and Sheung Wan is where you’ll find quaint little French restaurant, Cocotte. From delicious beef tartare to perfectly pan fried Hokkaido scallops, Cocotte’s new summer menu items from Executive Chef Petrous Moldovan (one of the three brothers that own Cocotte and NEO) dishes are a treat for both eyes and mouth.
Figaro is another one of Central’s hidden gems: a quaint French wine bar. If you love good wine, Figaro boasts an extensive wine collection, all stored in an impressive wine cellar on the second floor. Aside from good drinks, Figaro recently launched an incredibly good-value food menu, thanks to Chef Jon Irwin, where the majority of dishes are all under HK$150. Figaro is a breath of fresh air in Hong Kong’s dining scene and makes for an enjoyable fuss-free evening of food and drink.
Hong Kong’s food and beverage industry is saturated with a variety of bars, restaurants, and clubs; upscale and casual. Maison Eight’s concept attempts to roll all three, and then some, into one sky-high location in Tsim Sha Tsui. Calling themselves an “all day, all night” destination, Maison Eight has four different areas designed to suit all needs: a French restaurant, “Esmé”, a ballroom, a cocktail bar opened by Salvatore Calabrese, and a private room, “Le Club 1829”, on the top floor. The following review of Maison Eight is based solely on my experience dining at the French restaurant, Esmé.
Tartine has had its doors open in Central for a few months now, and I’ve finally had the chance to head over to try their some select dishes from their newly expanded menus. This French bar and eatery uses fresh and seasonal ingredients throughout their dishes, making for a healthy and delicious meal. The casual yet sleek nature of the restaurant is perfect for those looking to pop by for a quick bite, and the terrace bar on the third floor makes for a social, yet low-key weekend out.
I first heard about Nice, France way back in university when two of my closest friends embarked on an exchange there. After hearing about their travels and how much they gushed over the beauty of the French Riviera, I vowed to visit Nice at some point. Thankfully, that time came sooner than I had thought when I recently found myself immersed in the beauty of the south of France. One thing that surprised me most about Nice, having known next to nothing about the city before arriving, was how many interesting little streets and alleyways there were; every turn held a surprise waiting to be discovered.
Finding a good spot for lunch in Hong Kong, especially in Central, can be overwhelming (what’s up with these $200 + for a three course executive set lunch.. C’mon now people, this is lunch during the work week we’re talking about!). Since I’m basically a fat kid at heart, I’m a sucker for a good buffet and have thankfully stumbled upon another (check out my review of 208 Duecento Otto and Lily & Bloom‘s weekday semi-buffet lunch) great find in Central for a weekday lunch pick-me-up: Libertine.