Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of a French food industry executive – for truffle ravioli, butter chicken curry and more
Despite being a self-confessed French and Italian foodie, more than five years living in Hong Kong has helped Thomas Rang Des Adrets appreciate Asian cuisine – but eating somewhere that is down-to-earth is most important of all
Food and beverage executive Thomas Rang Des Adrets has been in Hong Kong for more than five years. Having previously worked for French food conglomerate Danone, he is now country manager for La Maison du Chocolat.
I am a complete French and Italian foodie. [The cuisines] are my absolute favourites. However, living in Hong Kong, the breadth of Asian cuisines is fantastic. I definitely prefer down-to-earth, casual dining with a laid-back atmosphere over stuffier venues.
With friends or my wife, I love going to 22 Ships (22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2555 0722). It’s super cosy with a very chilled, alfresco vibe. The bite-size tapas are great.
When I’m craving French food, A.O.C. Eat & Drink (15 McGregor Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2479 6833) is perfect as a small, cafe-style restaurant with great oysters, foie gras and fantastic steak. Saint Germain (1A Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, tel: 2836 6131) is another French staple. Their truffle ravioli, beef tenderloin with home-made gnocchi and salads are exceptional.
I’m also a big fan of Trattoria Caffe Monteverdi (6A-8 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 2559 0115). It’s fun and lively and the staff are always attentive and make great recommendations.
I take visitors to fun and quirky places. Some of my favourites are Monogamous (59 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, tel: 2523 2872), Ho Lee Fook (1-5 Elgin Street, SoHo, tel: 2810 0860) and Din Tai Fung (various locations including 68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 3160 8998).
Duddell’s (Levels 3 & 4, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2525 9191) is another impressive venue for guests with great food and beautiful decor.
For a celebration, my preference would actually be a beachside or rooftop barbecue. For a more casual and intimate celebration, Gia Trattoria Italiana (1/F, Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2511 8081) is perfect for a special evening out.
Everything on the menu is delicious, especially the vitello tonnato, burrata, and lobster linguine. Their pizzas are great, too.
A guilty pleasure is butter chicken curry and you can’t beat Bombay Dreams (4/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2971 0001) for it. I also like Amalfitana (Shop 105, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, tel: 2388 7787) for pizza.
I adore French wine and a great place is Le Quinze Vins (two locations including 9 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2673 7636). It has an extensive wine list – from everyday table wines to vintages from legendary estates – with exceptional cheese and cold cuts.
What I miss the most from home is iconic Savoyard cuisine – cheese-based dishes like raclette, tartiflette and fondue. It’s not easy to find restaurants that serve these dishes, but Monsieur Chatte (121 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, tel: 3105 8077) hosts raclette dinners from time to time.