The Best French Restaurants In Hong Kong

Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong | Courtesy of Four Seasons Hong Kong / Expedia
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9 February 2017
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France’s cuisine is popular from East to West, and Hong Kong is no exception – Asia’s busiest metropolis is stuffed full of fancy French restaurants, award-winning chefs and devotees of French cuisine. Be it in Kowloon, Sheung Wan or Wanchai, you’re never far from an establishment serving filet mignon. Competition is fierce among venues, so we’ve listed nine of the very best for you to enjoy when visiting.

Club Chow

It may not sound much like a French restaurant, but nevertheless Club Chow delivers some of the tastiest French-Italian food in all of trendy Sheung Wan. If you’re craving lobster this is the place to come – the lobster-heavy dinner menu includes lobster cioppino, lobster risotto, lobster thermidor and whole Boston lobster. Try washing this down with one of the French, German or Italian wines from the diverse wine list.

Caprice

Restaurant, French, $$$
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Caprice at Four Seasons
Caprice at Four Seasons | Courtesy of Four Seasons Hong Kong / Expedia

With glorious views over Victoria Harbor to Kowloon from the top of the Four Seasons, Caprice is perfect for an elegant meal as the sun sets and the city’s 8000 skyscrapers light up. The enormous chef team of 25 cook ups everything that Francophiles could wish for, from signature dishes such as Challans duck fillet, langoustine ravioli or line-caught sea bass. If you’re not completely stuffed after that, there’s an entire room dedicated to cheese in the adjoining Caprice Bar, where freshly imported cheeses can be sampled with selected wines and after dinner cocktails.

Bibo

Bar, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, French, $$$
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In typically cultured Hong Kong style, this relatively young restaurant features an art space and bar, as well as the restaurant itself. Bibo, a portmanteau of ‘bilingual’ and ‘bohemian’, takes its cultural cache seriously; the interior is kitted out with works by big names in from the contemporary and street art scenes, from Damien Hirst to Banksy, with sculptures by Japan’s Superflat legend Takashi Murakami. With all this blue-chip art about diners might feel a little overwhelmed, but the food more than holds its own thanks to the skills of Executive Chef Mutaro Balde, who creates French favorites such as the mouth-watering sea bass roasted over ratatouille.

La Cabane

Bistro, French, European, $$$
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Smack bang in the middle of picturesque Hollywood Road, Hong Kong’s version of bohemian Paris, sits La Cabane Bistro. Sister establishment to La Cabane a Vin, a specialist wine cellar, the Bistro somehow contrives to capture the atmosphere of a cute chalet, serving French dishes but in small, tapas-style portions, accompanied by cold cuts and imported cheese. Of course, wines supplied by the Cellar are the perfect way to round off your tasting session.

Chez Patrick

Restaurant, French, Asian, European
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In a fast-paced city like Hong Kong, restaurants tend to fall out of favor fast. Not so Chez Patrick, which has been a perennial favorite since restaurateur Patrick Goubier established it in 2006. Hailing from Lyon, Goubier brings the tastes of his home to Hong Kong, served up in a dining room that recalls the glory days of European aristocratic living, right down to the gold flocked wallpaper. While Goubier glad-hands diners and tailors dishes to their needs, you can choose from plates like foie gras trio, or all-time classics like the Chateaubriand black Angus.

Restaurant Petrus

Restaurant, Wine Bar, French, $$$
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Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong | Courtesy of Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong / Booking.com

All the way up on the 56th floor of the Shangri-La hotel, Restaurant Petrus has some spectacular views. If that’s not enough to tempt you Petrus, with its own wine cellar, has one of the most extensive wine lists in all of Asia. The opulent interior with its crystal chandeliers, rich draperies, impressive pieces of art and golden colors will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time to the ages of Louis XV, if it weren’t for the magnificent panoramic view of Victoria Harbor. Try their Hugo Desnoyer girolle veal with almonds and spinach.

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