Collection de Vignobles
71 Cadogan Street, Kennedy TownTel: 2817 2112
The vibe: With dim lighting and rustic romantic design, this chic haunt representing France in the ever-blossoming Kennedy Town is perfect for a casual tête-à-tête. The entire bar, in European style, opens out onto the street. Just don't disclose anything too personal — the tables and barrels of wine displaying buy-by-the-case offers are packed in tight.
The drinks: French wine is the speciality, so I began with the Bourgogne Chardonnay AOC 2010, a crisp dry wine. Be warned, HK$82 does not get one a big glass. The menu covers Limoux, Burgundy, Bordeaux and, of course, Champagne, as well as an Italian Pecchenino Barolo San Giuseppe 2008 for HK$988, if you fancy splashing out. We tried the single cremant d'Alsace on the list — a Heimberger Brut Rosé (HK$108), a pink sparkling wine, which felt decadent for a Saturday afternoon. Their frozen margarita (HK$68) from the large cocktail list, was not only easier on the wallet, but also a good rendition of the classic drink. There is also a full food menu.
The verdict: the atmosphere is wonderful and the leafy street-side tables are the ideal place to enjoy a bottle of rouge. The pricing is a bit on the steep side: an order of olives (HK$58) came with just six pieces served on ice in a martini glass. There were, however, complimentary crisps and dried cranberries.