Good news for Francophiles: The city’s dining scene is gearing up to turn into a gastronomic wonderland of French fine dining, with over 110 restaurants around town participating this year in the special 10th-anniversary edition of Le French GourMay.
From 1–31 May, prepare to feast to your heart’s content on decadent foie gras, exquisite seafood dishes, caviar, Champagne and more; restaurants around town will be tapping into the French theme to offer their best interpretations of the cuisine from the gastronomically diverse region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur — this year’s spotlighted region. Spanning from the Rhône Valley down the Mediterranean coast to southeastern France, the sun-drenched region benefits from its breezy climate and diverse terroir, producing a brilliant range of seafood and produce as well as lively and aromatic rosé and red wines.
The gastronomic celebration kicks off the first of the month, and you’ll want to get your bookings in fast — whether you’re seeking a fancy fine dining degustation or casual bistro eats at your neighbourhood brasserie. Can’t decide? We’ve got you covered with our pick of the best menus around town. For the full list, visit Le French GourMay’s website here.
Start your journey with a sumptuous 5-course menu, accompanied by stunning vistas of the Hong Kong skyline, at Rech by Alain Ducasse at the InterContinental Hong Kong. Following a complimentary glass of rosé wine (Château Roubine La Vie en Rose), dinner commences with crayfish and green asparagus broth, small spelt from Haute-Provence with girolle, lemon and basil, wild sea bass with confit tomato, farmed Banon goat cheese and a Tropézienne tart to finish.
Price: HK$1,188 per person, plus HK$388 for wine pairing
Rech by Alain Ducasse, G/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323
At Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental, celebrations are in full swing with a special menu from legendary chef Pierre Gagnaire and Chef de Cuisine Jacky Tauvry. The 6-course menu traverses the bounty of France’s finest seasonal ingredients, with highlights including pressed red mullet with saffron, fennel and olives; asparagus with spring carrot and cream of Parmesan; and Nimes-style cod brandade with cubes of eggplant. Fresh and light, the menu is complemented by five carefully selected wines from Head Sommelier Hubert Chabot.
Price: HK$1,698, plus HK$1,300 for wine pairing
Pierre, 25/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2522 0111
With a new chef at the helm, Seasons has created a 7-course menu championing the famed produce of Côte d’Azur, from bright green asparagus stalks to Marseille-style bouillabaisse chock full of fish and shellfish. Meanwhile, lamb is the star meat on the menu, fragrant with the scent of rosemary and seasoned with a 25-spices blend with fluffy couscous to pair. Other delights include stuffed zucchini flowers, Provençal veggies mix, and a lemon tart with goat-milk ice cream.
Price: HK$888 plus 10% surcharge
Seasons, Shop 308, 3/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2505 6228
Perched at the peak of ICC, there’s no better place than Le39V for a celebratory dinner in Tsim Sha Tsui. In honour of Le French GourMay, a special 6-course tasting menu starts on a high note with octopus and squid carpaccio paired with a red wine sauce, and ends with a cheese course featuring Banon Provence cheese with toasted focaccia and lavendar honey. Along the way, you’ll be treated to Mediterranean stew with silky red mullet, and lamb rack from Les Alpilles, beautifully roasted and paired with herb-stuffed artichokes.
Price: HK$1,280 plus 10% service charge
Le 39V, Shop A, 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2977 5266
Gallic fever takes over The Langham this month, with French-themed promotions across all of the hotel’s five F&B outlets, from an 8-course lavish tasting menu at T’ang Court (HK$1,800) paired with Southern Rhône wines, to a finger-licking gourmet French burger (HK$298) served at Main. St. Deli. For a decadent buffet spread, you’ll want to head to The Food Gallery, where there are over 60 new French additions to the rotating selection. Feast on Marseille Bouillabaisse, Oysters Mornay, Daube Provençal, Pissaladière and Baba Au Rhum — all washed down with some lovely Provençal wine. What’s more, those who order a bottle of Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé will be in the running for two round-trip air tickets to Nice.
Price: Lunch and dinner buffet are priced at HK$298 and HK$608 respectively, subject to 10% service charge.
The Food Gallery, Lobby level, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898
For a more casual yet equally decadent affair, a fantastic French dinner awaits at A.O.C. Eat & Drink in Wan Chai. A cosy bistro with a retail-priced wine list to boot, the restaurant specialises in classic French dishes prepared with a deft touch by head chef Stéphane Guillas. From small nibbles to main courses that pack in the butter and foie, the May menu spans the range from homemade farmhouse pork rilletes to duck foie gras puff pastry and French lamb cutlets with zucchini and couscous.
Price: HK$308 without wine and HK$398 with wine pairing
A.O.C. Eat & Drink, 15 McGregor Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2479 6833
If your quest for fine French food takes you up north, you can indulge in what’s sure to be a memorable sensory-driven gastronomic experience at Le Pan, headed up by award-winning chef Edward Voon. With fresh seasonal produce starring in the airy, white-washed dining rooms that perpetually feel like summer, you’ll be transported to the south of France instantly with modern takes on dishes such as ocean trout tartare with crustacean jelly and bouillabaisse with pickled shallot, elderberry vinegar and watercress coulis.
Price: HK$1,280 per person, or HK$1,880 with exclusive artisanal wines from Provence; prices subject to 10% service charge.
Le Pan, G/F, Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3188 2355