Love the ambience of the place. Very homely, laid back and quaint - I could imagine being in France. The deep fried Baby Bel was simple but delicious. Don't see the point of all that salad in the jar though. You can only get to the salad once the cheese is finished since the salad is under the cheese, and by the time you have had the cheese, you aren't going to be eating plain green leaves with no dressing.. Maybe they can dress the leaves to make it more enticing, otherwise it will just go to waste.
The rib of beef was good, a touch rarer than I would have wanted. I usually take my beef medium rare and this was on the rare side. I like it where there is a transition from the crusty charred exterior to the firm pink semi-cooked meat near the outside, to a rarer centre. This one was crusty exterior straight into almost raw meat with no in between which made it too cold and a bit boring since there is no variation in the texture. I did not really like the French fries that came with the beef - they were extrememly skinny and were too cooked, so they'd become brown and dry and almost stale tasting rather than the freshly cooked, straight out of the pan, crispy shell with soft mealy centre that I was looking forward to. I wished that they had proper fat chips but I suppose this is a French restaurant after all, and French fries are always a poor shadow of proper English fat chips in my view.
I had a tiny bit of my friend's Boeuf Bourgignon and it was delicious. With perfectly slow cooked, melt in the mouth meat, I wished that I'd chosed that instead.
The dessert was the best part of the meal. I had the Oreo cheesecake and it was heavenly. The right amounts of sour, sweet and creamy in the cheese filling and an amazing Oreo biscuit base!
The wine list was not huge but had a good selection of French wines of a range of prices, apart from the fact that it had no dessert wine, which I found a bit odd given that this is a proper authentic French restaurant. Not a single bottle of Sauternes?
In all, I'd definitely come back here. Would choose other dishes, though, and steer clear of the fries. The price came to HK$900 a head with 3 bottles of wine among the 4 of us including service charge, which is not bad for Hong Kong. The service was really friendly and attentive - nothing to fault on that front.
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