Where a French wine merchant eats in Hong Kong –preferably outdoors
- Jean Loup Thomazo enjoys rooftop restaurants, eating by the sea and French, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine
- He is the founder and CEO of Natural Food & Beverages
Frenchman Jean Loup Thomazo has lived in Hong Kong for four years and is the founder and CEO of Natural Food & Beverages, a shop specialising in organic wines and fine spirits.
I’m from Southwest France, between Toulouse and the ocean. The area is a main producer of foie gras. I travel a lot around the world, so I am very open and love to discover different kinds of food.
For lunch, I have a huge number of choices.
I love to go to BEP (88-90 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2581 9992) which is a very good Vietnamese restaurant.
I also like FAB (French American Bistro, 30 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2810 1600) which serves a good and efficient French lunch. I don’t need to eat much but I prefer quality and to know where the food comes from.
Often, I love to sit outside when I can. Some hotels have pool side dining which I enjoy, like Fish Bar (7/F, JW Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2810 8366). That’s a nice place.
I also like Comptoir (42 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, tel: 2453 9873). They have beautiful wine and good small dishes for sharing, which is not common in French cuisine. It’s casual and easy. I like the concept of sharing and trying different foods.
For something completely different, my favourite restaurant is Caprice (Podium 6, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, tel: 3196 8860) for the food, the view, the service and the setting. It’s one of the most beautiful restaurants in Hong Kong and they do everything perfectly.
In second place, Felix (28/F, The Peninsula, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2696 6778) has similar qualities but on the Kowloon side.
A more recent place I discovered is Eyebar/Nanhai No 1 (30/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2487 3688). The decor and the quality of food are good, and they have the ability to surprise you every time.
Recently, I tried The Chinese Library (1/F, Block 1, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2848 3088) and that’s nice too. They just opened so the staff needs a bit more training but the food was very nice.
I love rooftops. Hong Kong is a beautiful city at night so I would take visitors to Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2893 6960) for the rooftop.
There are also two other new roofs that I like. One is Popinjays (The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, tel: 3141 8888) and Piqniq (H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 5200 1683), the roof of Ecriture. Afterward, I would suggest going to Temple Street for the unique ambience. This is the contrast of what you can get in Hong Kong.
There’re great beaches. I like hiking to Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung. There are two small noodle stalls there. There’s also Discovery Bay with nicer restaurants like Amalfitana (Shop 105, The Pulse, 26-30 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, tel: 2388 7787) for good pizzas.