The Lighthouse Bistro in Repulse Bay pulls in the lunch crowds with its cool ambience and fresh seafood menu

With views overlooking Repulse Bay, this casual bistro has a first-rate selection of fish and other fruits of the sea

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 7:34am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 7:33am

This casual bistro, in the front part of The Ocean restaurant on the third floor of The Pulse, is my favourite new find. Not only is the ambience cool, but the seafood and fish menu is good, too, with chef Olivier Bellin (left), of The Ocean, overseeing the menu. The décor is nautical and a window overlooking Repulse Bay runs down the length of the restaurant. The bar and restaurant is open from 11am to 5pm, so it is only for the lunch crowd.

We went for the Brittany blue lobster (HK$128/100g), which was cooked perfectly and really fresh. For starters, the octopus - cooked crispy with potato salad and baby spinach (HK$88) - was also perfect. The sea bream tartar seasoned with beetroot and buckwheat seeds, and accompanied by melba toast and fermented rice, and the burrata (both HK$88) were fresh and light. My favourite main dish was fish and chips with house-made tartar sauce (HK$128). We had two types of chips, one with Portuguese potatoes, the other French; I preferred the French as they were thicker.

The desserts were the highlights of the meal. The giant profiterole with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce (HK$88) was amazingly light and oozing with cream, which melded well with the hot sauce. The strawberry millefeuille (HK$88) was amazing, too - light puff pastry and lots of custard and cream. Make sure you order a tea and coffee to go with them; it is the perfect way to end.