Friday, May 22, 2015
Celebrating Le French GourMay
a lovely weekend lunch in the main dining room of Caprice just a few days back, I returned to the bar on a Monday evening in early May to check out the new Le French Gourmay menu. Every year this month-long culinary festival highlights the cooking of a particular region in France, and this year the focus is on Midi-Pyrenees, the mountainous area in the southwest tip bordering Spain.
I must confess when I first received the promotional brochure for Le French Gourmay, I need to pull out the map to double-check where exactly does the Midi-Pyrenees region cover. But of course, the many food ingredients and dishes famous from the region shouldn't be stranger to most - from Magret de Canard to Pyrenees lamb to Toulouse sausages to Roquefort cheese. This evening with four of us eating together we managed to try most of the items offered at Caprice Bar in this special menu dedicated to Midi-Pyrenees cuisine.
one I had at Caprice a few months ago - slow-braised and complete with the rich jus and wine reduction. It has the melt-in-your-mouth consistency with the intense reduction sauce truly something to die for. Aligot was another famous dish in the region - essentially a mix of melted Aubrac cheese with mashed potatoes. It looked simple but it's of the perfect balance of creaminess and glueyness with rich flavors - almost like tasting a super creamy and tasty foam. The dish might sound a bit filling, but it's one of those we finished in no time. It was just that good.
Is there a petition somewhere I can sign so that maybe they can consider making these cooked dishes a permanent fixture at the bar? And until they do, the menu will only run for a limited time only; so if you haven't tried, you'd better act quick.
(The meal was by invitation from Four Seasons Hong Kong)
When? May 4 2015
Where? Caprice Bar, 6th Floor, Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
Jambon Noir de Bigorre
Aligot a la Tome Fraiche de l'Aubrac
Domaine J.M. Boillot Puligny-Montrachet AOC 2010
Madiran Chateau Bouscasse 2009