Saturday, February 4, 2017

Eiffel Bistro (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

Eiffel Bistro is a little Parisian-style bistro located in a peaceful corner of Taikoo Shing near the Quarry Bay Park. I walked past it a couple of times last year when I was going to the Canadian Embassy but never got the chance to experience their hearty French fare until this afternoon when we bid our farewell to a family who will be moving back to Canada next month.

Garlic butter escargots from Burgundy ($88) - Despite more appealing options such as their traditional steak tartare and French onion soup, I decided to go with something less sexy in their garlic butter escargots. This is one of my all-time favorites from the Parisian bistro so I won't miss it for the world.

Turned out they have a pretty good one here too. The winning combination of garlic butter and snails proved to be very good to go with the bread. Not bad at all.

Spaghetti carbonara ($158) - This came with a 63°C egg, bacon and rocket leaves. I didn't expect such a good carbonara from here so that was a pleasant surprise. The spaghetti has very lovely bite and silky texture (thanks to the onsen egg). Very nicely done.

Crispy Pork Belly ($198) - It was one dish that I could definitely do without. The pork belly was a little chewy and same goes for the supposingly crispy skin. Some diced oyster mushrooms and a pork gravy rounded out this rather underwhelming dish.

While their crispy pork belly didn't make a strong impression, other classic French bistro dishes (ie. traditional beef tartare, escargots and beef burger) did draw fairly good reviews from a few of us with spoiled taste buds. This should be a pretty good alternative to Plat du jour.

Food Rating: 4.5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Stage 5, Shop G514, Tai Yue Avenue, Hing On Mansion, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Taikoo
Tel: +852 2446-1598

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