Normand French Restaurant

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 July, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 July, 2001, 12:00am

Just a stone's throw from the Carnarvon Road exit of the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR, this place will make you feel like you're in France. Well, almost. The gingham tablecloths and sturdy wooden furniture are an assault on the eyes, but the tranquility of the basement will help you forget the noisy streets just upstairs.

The menu is extensive, with daily specials, written only in French, making choosing your meal all the more difficult. Thanks to the friendly and knowledgeable staff, though, narrowing down our choices was made easy.

We started with onion soup ($55) which came piping hot with a generous helping of melted cheese on top. Unfortunately, the soup itself didn't have enough flavour, of any kind. The escargots ($98) - half a dozen - were drenched in garlic butter and parsley. They were more of a success and the remaining sauce was soaked up with fresh, crusty baguette and scoffed down.

From the daily specials, we decided on the roasted salmon with spaghetti de courgettes ($185). The fish was cooked to a perfect tenderness and was complemented by the bed of pasta mixed with zucchini in a light cream sauce.

The beef tenderloin with foie gras and truffle sauce ($250) is not to be missed either. The meat was tender and, when combined with the goose liver and a touch of sauce, melted in the mouth.

For dessert, it had to be the restaurant's signature hot apple tart served with French Normandy cream ($60). It took 25 minutes to prepare, but the wait was well worth it. The crispy, paper-thin crust and fine slices of apple, proved sinfully delicious.

Dinner for two with a glass of wine, coffee, tea and service charge came to $817. And for the month of July - to celebrate French National Day - the restaurant is offering 10 per cent off.

6 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Tel: 2191 9098. Open: Monday-Sunday noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm. $$$$$