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La Marmite, Central, Hong Kong

Apologies for the lack of post lately, have been on a work trip in China and couldn’t blog. Managed to eat at a few places, so will blog about them later on. Glad to be back in Hong Kong, totally missed my little munchkin. Anyway more about China later on.

Everyone in the office enjoys good food – it is important and something we discuss every day. It’s very social, we try not to go out every day as it is not good for our hips but we do eat together at least two or three times a week. I have a writing board in my office, and on it we have written places that we should try or worth going back. I am not sure about you guys, but most of the time, we would forget about certain restaurants and struggle to decide what to eat, hence putting it on the board where we can ‘visually’ see it.

La Marmite made it on the list – my colleague has been here many times now and claims it’s ‘not bad’. La Marmite is in Soho, which is a bit of a walk from our office but I was willing to give it a go. They claim to be a French restaurant and offer diner set menus – either two or three courses. A lot of the lunch options in Hong Kong have set menus and I have struggled to eat two courses at lunch.

We started with fresh baguette, which was served warm. It had a crunchy exterior and slathered with butter was delicious. I have missed good bread; there aren’t a lot of places that you can get good baguette.

I think from memory, the course changes daily or every couple of days. Today for entrée there are three options – beetroot soup with kidney beans, smoked duck breast with mixed salad or goat cheese salad, pine nut and sundried tomato dressing. We both opt for the smoked duck breast with mixed salad. The salad looked a little depressing, only four pieces of small duck breast on a bed of greens drizzled with hoy sin sauce. The salad was surprisingly fresh and light and the duck was actually quite tasty, albeit not much of it!

For the mains, again three options – wagyu beef top side served with mash potato (for an additional 28HKD), vegetarian style quiche or garlic prawns linguine with tomato sauce. Again we both opt for wagyu beef top side served with mash potato.

WOW – I was impressed, however, anything would be ‘impressive’ after the duck salad. The beef were incredibly tender that it just melted in your mouth, and the sauce was creamy but not sickly. The mash smooth and complemented the beef well. It was good, more than good.

I was full, however, my colleague was tempted to have the crème brule which he ordered. When it arrived, we both looked at each other and said ‘this is not crème brulee’. There is no sugar coating on top which meant we couldn’t do the ‘crack test’. It was floating in syrup – which is not crème brulee. It looked more like crème caramel or flan and it was sickly sweet. Colleague didn’t finish it as it was just too sickly.

After hearing so many good things about La Marmite, I have to say that I was a little disappointed. I blame this on my colleague who wouldn’t stop raving about it! It’s not bad but thought the dishes were a bit of a hit and miss. Salad was a little disappointing, but the wagyu main was excellent. I was told that dinner was better, but I am beginning to doubt his judgement! HA! Would definitely be happy to give it another go to see but probably won’t be back in a hurry.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10 (only because of the beef!)

La Marmite

G/F&1/F, 46 Staunton Street

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2803 7808

  1. September 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I hate when food doesn’t live up to one’s expectations. At least some of the stuff was good.

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