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Birthday celebrations at the French Window

‘The Russian’, N, and I had the pleasure of celebrating each others birthday this year. I have known N for a while now, we met during the first couple of days in university and has remained friends till today!

N, his beautiful girlfriend, Z, and I went to the French Window in Central to celebrate our respective birthdays. I have previously gone to the French Window for lunch when it first opened and thought it was so so and was eager to try their dinner.

It wasn’t a great start though, they didn’t have our reservation and after 15 mins of confusion we were seated to our table. I love the long corridor as you enter the restaurant. It didn’t feel as though we were in a shopping mall, IFC, and upon entering we were welcomed by the beautiful view of the Hong Kong’s harbour – one that I have missed.

Whilst perusing the menu we were presented with a selection of bread – I made sure that I didn’t over eat as I was looking forward to a three course meal. The bread was warm and eaten with butter and a sprinkle of salt it was magnificent! Like 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo, it was unlimited bread! Lesson learnt!

Firstly, amuse bouche (from bottom to top and eaten in that order) white ‘mousse’ truffle which I thought was dessert, carrot soup and foie gras. The white mousse truffle I thought was a little rich, however, eaten with bread it was quite tasty. The carrot soup was served warm, in a shot glass and drank through a straw. It was thick, creamy, flavorsome and absolutely wonderful. The foie gras was small but enough. It was good. However, my favourite was definitely the carrot soup!

Z and I couldn’t go pass the lobster salad with avocado, mango all served on thinly sliced cucumber topped with caviar. The presentation was spectacular and it certainly looked as good as it tasted. It was light and fresh, I love the combination of mango and avocado, it was superb!

N had the red mullet which was slightly pan fried. It was again beautifully presented. I didn’t have any of this but N certainly enjoyed it.

N and I couldn’t go pass the beef cheeks bourguignon. It was served in one of the biggest square plates I have ever seen and with fondant carrots. The beef cheeks were extremely tender, so tender that it just fell apart and melted in your mouth. You could taste the red wine, it was subtle and the flavours were just magnifique. The carrots were so soft that it required absolutely no chewing. My only gripe would be the size of the beef cheeks. I could have eaten at least twice the size.

Z opted for the pigeon and my goodness, it was fantastic! Served medium and slightly pink, the pigeon was incredibly tender and incredibly succulent. The sauce left an after taste that kept me from wanting more! I would have happily drank it on it’s own. The chips which either N and I had as Z could not part with them was apparently the best she has ever eaten!

I was getting quite full by now but could not resist dessert! Pre-dessert dessert was white chocolate mousse served on a bed if strawberry coulis and topped with mango jelly. I’m not usually a fan of white chocolate but this was deliciously good and a wonderful teaser of what’s to come.

We thought we would share dessert. Started with banana split and to say it was ‘small’ was an under statement. Half thin banana toasted served with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with banana crisp. It was ok I thought, the chocolate sauce was over powering and too rich! Not your ‘typical’ banana split.

The poached apple tartin was delightfully tender that it cut right through. It was sweet and the chocolate ice cream a great complement. N really enjoyed this and devoured all!

The cheese platter, four different types served with marmalade and toasted crisp bread was delightful! I love good cheese, especially blue vein cheese. Unfortunately due to consuming too much alcohol, I can’t remember the names of the wonderful cheese that were presented.

Last but not least – so much food! Petite fours which consisted of dark chocolate tart, madeleine, chocolate and biscuits. I couldn’t eat anymore so had to pass. N did say that the madeleines were ‘yummy’.

Thanks N for the wonderful meal! It was great to have been able to spend our birthdays together. I look forward to seeing you in Sydney in a couple of months.

Food was deliciously good, service excellent, Chef Quek did not disappoint! They had a vast selection of wine and our waiter picked the perfect red that evening.

To top it off, Z and I received complimentary foie gras which I had for breakfast with toast the next day.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

The French Window

3101, 3/F, podium level
IFC, Central
Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2393 3812

  1. January 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I was reading this thinking: “Yum! A French place in Central with the best chips ever!” until I realised it’s Hong Kong! Doh! LOL

    • January 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      So sorry Joey! But yes central hong kong! I do live a good French restaurant too πŸ™‚

  2. January 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I’d love anywhere that has a pre-dessert dessert!

  3. January 23, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Oh wow that’s alot for an amuse bouche!
    And how sweet of them to give both of the birthday celebrants a gift =)

  4. Zoe
    January 28, 2011 at 4:08 am

    That foie gras was so good smeared on toast for breakfast! I want more πŸ™‚

    • January 28, 2011 at 4:44 am

      Should hv given you the rest of mine! Didn’t finish 😦 it was good though!

  1. May 30, 2011 at 12:17 am

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