Rounding up the French Michelin star trail in HK
A few weeks back we managed to head across the harbour to Spoon at the InterContinental, and finally checked off all the Michelin-starred French restaurants in Hong Kong (My previous post on the topic is here. What can I say, I just LOVE this cuisine!).
Spoon, by celebrated chef Alain Ducasse has two stars to its name, and seemed to be all set to live up to the high expectations as soon as we walked in – wowing us with the view of the gorgeous Hong Kong island skyline through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Apparently there was also an open kitchen and an impressive spoon decoration on the ceiling. We didn’t notice… entranced as we were by a sight that doesn’t fail to impress, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.
A special seasonal truffle menu was on offer in addition to their regular degustation menu; but we decided to stick with the a la carte, which had a good number of choices.
Of the three canapés we were served, my favourite was the humble croque monsieur, upgraded with a light sprinkling of truffles. The amuse bouche was a delectable lobster consomme.
For appetizers we ordered the oven-baked organic egg “a la riche” crayfish and light chestnut & lobster soup. Both dishes were scrumptious, and left us scraping our plates.
Both Hubby and I had the beef tournedos as mains. The beef itself was cooked to perfection – just the right medium rare, complemented very well by the jus. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the accompaniments, especially the tortellinis, which I felt were too dry.
There was no looking beyond the chocolate dessert – a crunchy praline base, layered with a chocolate hazelnut mousse, topped with dark chocolate and covered with a milk chocolate mixed with hazelnuts. Good…but completely overshadowed by the petit fours (which I unfortunately didn’t get pictures of).
Each of us received a complimentary box of macaroons to take back home – those were heavenly and I must confess that I polished them off without much help from Hubby 😉
In a nutshell – The ambiance (and THAT view) make it an ideal destination for a romantic evening. Just for the food, I would still prefer heading to L’Atelier or Caprice.