Maison Eight has a lot going on with classic French fine dining, a bar that turns into a ballroom and a private Bollinger Lounge
21/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2388 8160
At the top of the swanky, new 8 Observatory building, ambitious Maison Eight has a lot going on. First, there is the Salvatore Calabrese bar , named after the maker of some of the world's most expensive cocktails. Its also becomes a ballroom with live music. Then there is the classic French fine-dining restaurant Esme and Bollinger Lounge, which is a private room. Outside, there is a patio with views of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
The cocktails are worth the trip to Tsim Sha Tsui. We loved Calabrese's signature bitter-sweet breakfast martini (HK$108) with gin, Cointreau liqueur, fresh lemon juice and orange marmalade and the Spicy Fifty (HK$98) with vanilla vodka, elderflower cordial, fresh lime juice, honey syrup and fresh red chilli.
Esme is old-style fine dining under the helm of executive chef and general manager Joe Chan. The service is amazing and the sommelier's wine choice, perfect: Frédéric Mochel Riesling from Alsace to match our seafood starters of king scallops with bacon, anis sauce and garoupa mousse (HK$178) and smoked Balik salmon with tomato couis, avocado and Keta caviar (HK$458).
The anis sauce was a little salty with the scallops and the salmon dish was fine. The recommended Aberdeen Angus Flintstone bone-on rib (850g for two, HK$1,238) was chewy. We then opted for a tender and tasty wagyu (300g, HK$688), which was perfect.
The sides were delicious. Chef Chan makes the best English chips, which are also available as bar snacks, (HK$68) and we tried the baked carrots with thyme (HK$68). For dessert, we tried the warm bitter chocolate tart and almond cake with orange syrup and ice cream, but we loved the panna cotta with berries (HK$88 each).