Hong Kong is plentiful of French restaurants. Yet not all of them are wallet-friendly or deliver on taste and quality. If you’re looking for a slice of Paris on a budget, here are 5 French bistros/restaurants that have my approval in terms chicness, simplicity and authenticity.
You must have passed by Pastis on the crowded road of Wyndham Street. It is sometimes filled with gorgeous and preppy looking French men, sipping on their chilled glass of white wine on a Friday or Saturday night. Pastis is an adorable French little bistro where my family and I usually have lunch. Their menu offers uncomplicated yet tasty traditional French dishes – as French cuisine should be! Although the space may be small and narrow, it is decorated with art deco posters and mirrors, bringing you back to Paris in the 1930s. It is also an ideal place for people watching as its little terrace spills onto the street.
In a nutshell: friendly staff, classic dishes
Address: G/F, 65 Wyndham Street, Central
Think trendy wallpaper, immaculate dressed waiters and funky contemporary French music playing in the background. It is a great spot for those willing to impress their significant other on date night. Their menu changes seasonally giving diners an opportunity to come back for more. Each dish is impressive and packs a punch of flavour. For those with a sweet tooth, their crème brulée is beautifully sweet with a moreish crunch.
In a nutshell: trendy, inventive
Address: 9 Shin Hing, Central
- LA CABANE WINE BISTRO
This rustic venue adorned with timber wood tables, barrels and a swing-bench suspended form the ceiling, is a winner among the French community. Serving classical French food and a vast collection of natural and biodynamic wines, meals went down like a treat. Fresh, creative, authentic: this bistro is one to save into your address book. It is perfect for a light meal of charcuterie boards and cheeses along with a chilled glass of rosé to wash it all down. You cannot get any French than that!
In a nutshell: Rustic, authentic
Address: 62 Hollywood Road, Central
- CHEZ PATRICK DELI
This joint offers great toasty sandwiches and refreshing salads à la Française, not to mention great paté and cheeses. Having lunched at their Stanley branch, we were never disappointed by their dishes. Each bite was like coming home to Paris, eating “en terrasse” on a Parisian boulevard. Lastly, their chocolate fondant was the best I’ve had here in Hong Kong.
In a nutshell: casual, convivial
Address: G/F, Shops 05-06, Stanley Plaza, Stanley
Brim28, 1/F Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wanchai
3 Star Street, Wanchai
6/F Cheung Hing Commercial Building, 37-43 Cochrane Street, Central
- 22° NORTH
If you ever make your way to Discovery Bay, do try French seafood restaurant 22° North. It is a neighbourhood popular here in DB, as residents dine there religiously on the weekend. The chef is friends with the regulars and talks to every table, making this restaurant a true homey spot. Their mussels are absolutely delicious and offer you the choice of three different sauces. Dessert wise, their apple tart is worth the wait with a beautiful thin and crisp base and sticky caramelised apples.
In a nutshell: alfresco, cosy
Address: Shop G08B, G/F, Block A, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong