‘Great after a hike’: the best Hong Kong restaurants for seafood, brunch and dim sum, according to a French food entrepreneur
- Food entrepreneur Christopher Daures is the co-founder of meal planner service Eatology, and enjoys exploring European and Asian cuisines in Hong Kong
- He also shares his top pick for omakase in Tokyo, and a ‘superb’ restaurant with an avant-garde chef to visit in France
With a background in engineering, IT and banking, Frenchman Chris Daures is a co-founder of Eatology, a meal planner service that recently launched a Flexitarian meal plan. He spoke to Andrew Sun.
I moved abroad when I was 23, living in England and Japan before moving to Hong Kong. I really enjoy travelling, outdoor activities and discovering different food cultures, so experiencing countries and their food has always been important to me.
There are many places I love but in Hong Kong, here are my top picks. Bistro du Vin (Shop A, 39-41 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town. Tel: 2824 3010) has classic French food with an excellent wine selection. I love this place because it has a fantastic atmosphere. Ambience is key.
Gaia Ristorante (G/F, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road, Sheung Wan. Tel: 2167 8200) is perfect for alfresco dinners and sharing delicious Italian food with friends. It’s a great central location and an easy meeting spot. The five formaggi pizza and cotolette di vitello or veal cutlet are among my favourite dishes.
14 South Lane (14 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui. Tel: 5744 8390) is another hidden healthy brunch gem. I love the avocado toast and smoothies.
For dinner, I would take them to Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant (33-39 Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung. Tel: 2791 9887). I love the seafood there, packed with local patrons. It’s great after a hike or a day by the beach.
So far, I haven’t found any restaurant in Hong Kong representing the southwest of France. But in Tokyo, I would suggest Lauburu (6-8-18 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Tel: +81 3 3498 1314), which has a large selection of amazing dishes from my home region. Their cassoulet is amazing and is one of the best I have had.
Also in Tokyo, Sushi Sawada (3F, 5-9-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Tel: +81 3 3571 4711) is stunning. It has only six seats and serves omakase. Sawada-san is one of the finest sushi masters and a true craftsman.
In southwest France, you should visit Les Prés d’Eugénie (334 Rue René Vielle, Eugenie les Bains. Tel: +33 5 58 05 06 07). Chef Michel Guérard is an avant-gardiste. He invented “cuisine minceur” – a low-calorie style of cooking – and is an inspiration to me.
The setting is superb. The best time to go is October until March when it is truffle season. The classics to try are morel and mushroom pillows, and salmon papillotes.