This year, on Thursday March 19, over 1000 chefs in 150 countries across 5 continents, from casual countryside bistros to fine dining establishments, would each present a classic dinner to showcase the fabulous French cuisine. Each chef will offer their own dishes with the common theme of "French-style" menu, featuring a cold starter, a hot starter, seafood (fish or shellfish), a meat or poultry main course, a cheese course and a chocolate dessert, along with aperitif and digestif before and after the meal. Similarly, French consulates and embassies around the world hosted the same for their invited guests on the same evening, and a grand gala dinner was held at Chateau de Versailles in Paris. See, as I said, they surely know how to celebrate.
In Hong Kong, over 10 restaurants participated in this global event, including a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants, and Chef Fabrice of Caprice cooked at the French Consul-General's Private Residence in the evening for the official dinner reception. Among those restaurants that offered this special menu for the night, Epure was one that caught my eyes since I have heard positive comments about the restaurant and Chef Nicolas Boutin's cooking but have yet tried his place which opened May last year at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. I figured this would be the perfect occasion to sample the food there with this special, one-night-only tasting menu.
As we arrived for our dinner reservation, through the glass door at the back of the Parisien patisserie Dalloyau, which operated under the same ownership in Hong Kong as Epure, we were led into the secluded dining area behind. The decor was comfortable and cozy, with dark furniture, floral upholstery chairs and intimate round booth seats against the wall, beautiful table setup, and colorful flower arrangement around the room. I thought the ceiling was a bit too low and the tables a bit too tight which may cause some noise issues if the room was packed, but on the night of our visit it was relatively quiet so it wasn't a problem.
Our waiter came to explain the Goût de France Menu which was based on the restaurant's signature dishes, and left us with the wine list on an iPad. The wine list wasn't long, unlike some other restaurants offering the wine list in similar form, but there's a wide selection of French wines from various regions and it's not that difficult to pick something we like.
With only one more day before we set off for a week-long vacation, we couldn't think of a better way to ease into the holiday mood with a fine meal to catch up with friends, with a little Goût de France...
More pictures on my Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/g4gary/sets/72157651032516879/
When? March 19 2015
Where? Epure, Shop 403, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Le Vol au Vent Allege - Flaky butter puff pastry, seared Guilvinec langoustine and line caught fish, reglisse scented coulis.
Champagne Dallayou "Blanc de Blancs" Brut NV
William Fevre Chablis Premier Cru "Vaillons" 2012
Christian Drouin Pomme Prisonniere Calvados Pays d'Auge NV