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.
Originating in France, le Relais de l’Entrecôte has since brought its simple steak frites concept (and that unique sauce) to Hong Kong. The dinner or weekend set menu is HK$288 and includes a salad, two portions of steak, and unlimited fries; a bargain in this city. The dessert selection at le Relais is also ridiculously good, making this an easy choice in a city with far too many options to choose from.
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.
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.
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.