1/F, 102 Austin Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui,
Tel: 3526 1228
Open: Sunday-Monday, midday-3pm for lunch; 3pm-5.30pm for tea; 6pm-11pm for dinner;
Cuisine: Contemporary French.
Ambience: Cosy dark purple decor with Regency armchairs, ornately decorated mirrors and a giant chandelier over the bar - think French elegance meets Bohemian charm.
Price: A three-course meal without wine and before 10 per cent service charge came to about HK$400 each.
Pros: The friendly staff made the dining experience an even more pleasurable one. Attentive and engaging, they catered to every whim. The wine list was also impressive, and on that particular night there was a heavy discount on selected bottles. Meanwhile, the mouth-watering dessert menu will leave those with a sweet tooth drooling and includes favourites such as the classic creme brulee (HK$52) and white chocolate raspberry napoleon (HK$52). Souffle fans will be happy with a choice of three - Grand Marnier, lavender or ginger and basil.
Cons: Those watching their waistline and vegetarians might struggle - the menu is decadently rich and meat heavy.
Recommended dishes: It was difficult to choose because many of the dishes looked tempting. Starters of Angus beef carpaccio, truffle and Parmesan cheese with a light anchovy sauce (HK$158) and sauteed foie gras with apple chutney (HK$98) were divine - rich but subtle, and in just the right portions. The roasted suckling pig with marinated grapes (HK$198, above) took some time to cook but was well worth the wait. The pig's crunchy armour was a treat, having been baked, braised and baked again to reach what was porcine perfection. Roasted rack of lamb with port wine sauce (HK$208) was tender and juicy, and came with a choice of mint or mustard.
What else? Those with full stomachs but keen to kick back need not despair - you won't have to wobble far. The restaurant has a funky private lounge room, hidden by a sliding door, that is equipped with a hi-tech karaoke system.