Annual francophile fun fest, Le French May, paints the town red, white and blue from 1 May to 30 June, with a panoply of art, music, film and more from L’Hexagone to Hong Kong. So why not go all-out Gallic this month, and indulge in what the Frenchies do best – food!
Et voilà, our top picks for enjoying French cuisine in Hong Kong...
Opulent, chandelier-strewn Gaddi’s at The Peninsula is a Hong Kong stalwart, founded in 1953 as the East’s first Euro fine diner. Don chic attire to savour mod interpretations of classic dishes.
Glam up for fab French eatelier Amber, where Richard Ekkebus creates two-Mich-starred, classic-meets-contempo gourmet wizardry (it’s number 24 on 2017’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list). The dress code is smart-casual, and a sculptural bronze chandelier means the dining room is equally soignée.
Atop The Wellington in Central, Vea offers eight-course seasonal tasting menus, helmed by masterful chef Vicky Cheng, with optional wine or cocktail pairing. Expect Sino-tinged Gallic goodness, enjoyed at elegant counter seats or intimate tables.
Have a cow at La Vache!, Soho’s stylish neighbourhood steakhouse. Its simple Parisian brasserie-inspired menu specialises in just one dish – steak-frites with secret-recipe Bearnaise sauce – teamed with green salad. Jaunty red-and-white gingham tablecloths go well with a glass of vin rouge.
For progressive French fare, head for Wan Chai’s Serge et le Phoque, where chefs Frédéric Peneau and Christophe Pelé craft minimal cuisine, cooked to order, with mostly French, natural wines and informal service. The contempo-cool space adds attitude.
And the festival itself? Our top picks include exhibition Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years (Hong Kong Heritage Museum, until 24 Jul); a French cinema programme celebrating biopics of artists from Renoir to Cézanne (Broadway Cinematheque/AMC Pacific Place, 15-30 May); and live jazz including pianist/singer Paul Lay’s Billie Holiday, Passionately tribute and jazz trumpeter Stéphane Belmondo’s Love for Chet homage to Chet Baker (Hong Kong City Hall, 13 and 14 May respectively).
1 May – 30 Jun, 2017.
Le French May / frenchmay.com
Gaddi’s / The Peninsula / +852 2696 6763 / lunch & dinner daily / peninsula.com
Amber / LMO / 15 Queen's Rd / Central / +852 2132 0066 / daily / amberhongkong.com
Vea / 29-30/F / The Wellington / 198 Wellington St / Central / +852 2711 8639 / dinner Mon-Sat / vea.hk
La Vache! / 48 Peel St / Central / +852 2880 0248 / lunch & dinner daily / lavache.com.hk
Serge et le Phoque / Tower 1 / The Zenith / 3 Wan Chai Rd / Wan Chai / +852 5465 2000 / dinner daily / facebook.com