Food & Travel

Bistronomique

By sanju on 26 November, 2012

I am back in Hong Kong just for a quick overnight trip. I decided to visit Bistronomique upon the advice of fellow foodie friends AYFKM and SHOT. I would have visited sooner but the not so accessible Kennedy Town location always put me off. However, on this trip I was able to sneak in a quick lunch before heading off to the airport.

This smallish bistro has a nice menu that consists of hearty bistro fare like Steak Tartare, Terrines, an interesting Foie Gras Torchon, Sausages made in-house  and the like. They also have a good value HK$99 two-course set lunch or three courses for HK$132. I was not too happy with the set lunch offerings, so I initially wanted to order ala Carte. However, the two items that I wanted: Steak Tartare and Bouillabaisse were both not available. I then decided to have the set menu but I supplemented it with an appetizer and dessert.

I was initially served a deconstructed  Caesar Salad with a perfectly poached Egg. This was quite standard but, I nevertheless enjoyed as the greens were cool and crisp, plus I love anything with poached eggs. Then, the star of my meal arrived. Oven Baked Herb Encrusted Bone Marrow topped with Escargot Butter and Escargot pieces(HK$110). Both AYFKM and SHOT were raving about this particular dish, so I made sure that I ordered it. It was decadent, and well balanced. The herbs and escargot did not overpower, while the marrow was easy to scoop out and did not break off. This is a sure sign of excellent cooking technique. Bravo!

My main course was a forgettable Barbecued Baby Back Ribs that I barely touched. I found it tough and dry. After I had this, I felt a twinge of regret, as I should have stuck to ordering off the menu instead.  I am sure that I would have enjoyed the Frog Legs Two Ways (HK$88) instead. The bright side is that now I have a reason to make a return visit as I definitely want to try Bistronomique’s other offerings and of course, to have a second crack at that marrow.

Dessert saved the day though as I ordered a Lemon Tart with Homemade Hazelnut Ice Cream (HK$52). Its more sour than sweet flavor is, as I like it. The use of quality ingredients was in evidence.  The addition of a scoop of hazelnut ice cream served as an adequate foil.

Main course aside; I am not deterred from planning a second visit during my next trip. I have a feeling that given the right plan of action, which by the way I am plotting as I write this, I will have a great meal at Bistronomique.

 

Bistronomique
GF 1B Davis Street
Kennedy Town
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 28188266
Email: bistronomique@gmail.com
Closed for lunch Mondays

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  • NOVEMBER 26, 2012 10:48 AM

    elle said...

    I think you will write a wonderful third person piece and I am not convinced I will go to Bistronomique when I go to HK. Thanks for the great write-up! Such a nice, polished blog. :)

  • NOVEMBER 26, 2012 11:34 AM

    elle said...

    btw, what is this "right plan of action?" call first?

  • NOVEMBER 26, 2012 12:56 PM

    sanju said...

    Hi Lani, The right plan of action is yes call for a reservation, but also come prepared with plan b-plan j. that way all eventualities are covered. Thanks for stopping by.

  • NOVEMBER 26, 2012 4:38 PM

    Lynne-Enroute.com said...

    Nice stuff! If you're in Hong Kong and want a sleek dinner overlooking the Hong Kong skyline, reserve a table at Hutong. We jsut came from there a month ago, and it was fantastic! Prepare to pay a bit, though.

  • NOVEMBER 26, 2012 5:13 PM

    sanju said...

    Hi Lynne, The last time I went to Hutong was when they just opened many years ago. My favorites at that time were the Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk and the Crispy Boneless Lamb Ribs. I also liked the way they decorated their restrooms. I hope that you were able to take a look at them on your recent trip. Alas, I have not gone back since. After hearing from you, I will add Hutong to my list of possibles when I return to Hong Kong. Thank you for your comment and please do continue to stop by.

  • NOVEMBER 26, 2012 7:40 PM

    alicia said...

    Very nicely written. Honest, informative, Enjoyed reading it:)

  • NOVEMBER 27, 2012 10:53 AM

    sanju said...

    Thank you Alicia.

  • NOVEMBER 27, 2012 11:43 AM

    Lynne-Enroute.com said...

    The lambs are still delicious :) We just haven't had time to write it down into the blog. In terms of beauty, Hutong is hard to beat in aesthetics. Food taste, personally, I think you can get better tasting stuff at a quarter of its price :P

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