Bistro du Vin
Though Hong Kong is home to many a glitzy and glamorous French fine diner, it’s somewhat harder to track down the kind of casual sidewalk café you’d find peppering the Parisian city streets and packed with locals.
It is, however, worth the short trek to off-the-beaten-path Kennedy Town for Bistro du Vin, the quintessential neighbourhood café quietly opened last September by Singapore’s Les Amis Group and helmed by a former L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon chef, which serves up delicious plat after plat of Gallic comfort and flavour by the Le Creuset potful.
Set foot inside the ambient interior of printed tile floors, vintage bric-à-brac and poster adorned walls, with its accordion soundtrack and glass-walled wine vault, and you could feel transported to the cobblestoned alleys of, say, Le Marais. The comfort fare completes the sensory stay-cation, with a concise list of appetisers including house-made charcuterie, patés and rillettes, and traditional flavours like cheesy onion soup, escargots in garlic herb butter, and pan-seared foie gras.
Anything-but-basic bistro mains like coq au vin and mustard rabbit leg are cooked to perfection, as are the slow-cooked lamb shank and crispy suckling pig confit with choucroute, but you’d be remiss to skip dessert, with the decadent, baked-to-order Madeleines with chocolate mousse or Grand Marnier soufflé. Aussi delicieux qu’à Paris!