Parisian bistro Belon in SoHo sources local ingredients for delightful French fare
Newly opened Belon on Elgin Street is described as a neo-Parisian bistro by its chef, Australian James Henry, who recently shut his successful Paris eatery, Bones.
Henry sources local ingredients but the food is definitely French. We start with home-made country-style bread (HK$48) with butter, which we could not stop eating. It is how bread should be made, warm and soft in the middle and hard and crusty on the outside. For hor d’oeuvres we tried the smoked eel devilled eggs (HK$18 per piece) and the unusual combination of sea urchin and sweet potato waffle with smoked bacon cream (HK$48 per piece) which we loved. The rich soft sea urchin went well with the light waffle and the bacon cream. We then went for an entre of shima aji with pomelo and avocado (HK$198). We loved the smokiness of the fish with the soft avocado, and the dash of salt in the pomelo dashi sauce. One of our favourite dishes for taste and balance of flavours was the beetroot baked in salt with walnuts and tete de moine cheese (HK$128). For our main dish we had the menu’s market fish of the day - the cost will vary according to market price.
It was a perfectly cooked, melt-in-themouth flounder with mint and petit pois, which were local and fresh too. You always need to save room for dessert in a French restaurant, and we were not disappointed with the home-made mille feuille (HK$108) and the recommended refreshing cherry sorbet with pet nat (HK$108), which is a natural sparkling wine.
42-45 Elgin Street, SoHo, 2152 2872