Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bistro du Vin - (Hong Kong)

  I have heard great things about Bistro du Vin,  owned and operated by the famous Les Amis Group from Singapore and which also owns Piccolo Pizzeria next door and the Michelin starred Cepage.    They also have a French competitor next door at Bistronomique.   Thanks for their PR Invitation to get a preview of their authentic French bistro food.



 

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Bistro du Vin
Les Amis already operates the same named Bistros in Singapore.




 

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Nice Bread,  finally !
I always complain about bread in Hong Kong but we got some decent sourdough here.  In fact the aroma was kinda strong and reminded me of rye bread.  The skin was crusty and fresh.  Rainbow




 

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A Sparkling wine from French Languedoc-roussillon -
It was slightly off-dry with a green apple crispness and fresh grape juice taste.
I am actually experiencing a lot of this style lately,  and almost all the girls love them.
(I actually quite like this type as an aperitive myself)



 

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(far) Duck Pate,  Pork Pate and Duck Rillettes – $170
The pork fat on the pork pate was melt in your mouth,  the pate can be less compressed but tasted great.  The Duck Rillettes was my overall favourite.  ~  7/10

 


 

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Duck Rillettes
Liked this the most and it was gamey and not stringy as expected,  coated with duck fat.



 

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Old-Style Cork Screws decorate the walls ..


 

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Baby Squid a la Plancha -  Market price $120
Pan grilled squids were really fresh.  You know how squid textures change as soon as you leave them out too long or kept it in a freezer?   This was one of my favourite dishes  ~  8/10

 

 

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Roasted Bone Marrow with Escargot snails,  with Garlic Herbed butter sauce  - $150
Haha what can I say?  You got to try this to believe it…   I think some have mentioned that the marrow could be roasted a bit longer and I normally agree but with this special recipe it’s forgivable.  The snails were so huge and cooked spot on,  all bouncy.  Wonderful..   ~  12/10


 

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A Loire Sauvignon to follow…
Most wines here start at around $350/bottle,  decent.  Remember Les Amis and Cepage group import their own unique wines,  sometimes from boutique wineries.   They definitely have one of the most interesting and quaffable French wine offerings in town,  you can bet on it!

 




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Seafood Bouillabaisse stew with Rouille -  Market Price, around $460 for 2
The base soup is made from prolonged boiling of fish meat and bones.  The stew consists of mussels, clams, crab, striped prawns, daily fishes, red mullet, squid, etc.  Bistro du Vin insists on using fresh local seafoods which means it will deviate slightly from the Marseilles versions,  but here it came with the traditional Rouille sauce and bread on the side.   I really think this was great version for money,  but 1 bowl had a stronger tasting soup and I think it could benefit from more saffron too.   ~  7/10


 

 

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A 2010 Chave Jean-Louis,  Cotes du Rhone from down South  -
This was a very lovely purple wine with black cherry, olive, violets and a hint of black pepper & cedar.
   Didn’t ask how long this was pre-opened to breath for but it reminds me of a typical Barossa shiraz but minus the powdery tannin and chocolate note & less forward fruit.  It’s just so approachable as a quaffer,  somewhere between old and new worlds.   Yum !  


 

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Wild Pheasant Pie with Gravy
Using French wild game meats with foie gras,  beware of biting into Shot-gun bullets! 
The pastry was really good here,  crisp-layered and all buttery goodness.  A must order  ~ 8.5/10


 

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Coq au Vin – $180
2 chicken Maryland thighs are cooked with vegetables and red wine,  served with crushed potato mash.   The sauce was all hearty,  the chicken seemed a little cooked for too long and became sticky to the teeth despite the clean cutting off the bone.   ~  6/10


 

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Grand Marnier Souffle with Vanilla Ice Cream – $75
The normal portion is smaller.  This was quite alcoholic and after eating out with the same bunch of friends for a long time I know they will find this too strong.  For me I thought it was good but even during my 1st bite I was taken aback at the aggressive alcohol input.  Generally a good souffle that was also surprisingly Eggy.  ~  8/10

 

 

 

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Genuinely French in Taste
You can just totally believe in the Les Amis Group when it comes to French food. 
The food here is meant to be simple,  unlike their counter-part Michelin restaurant Cepage.  It’s a BISTRO afterall,  and is priced as such.  This is exactly the type of French bistro food I could survive on.

 

 

 

Price: Around HKD $250 – $350 per Person.
Ease of Access:   4/5  (end of Kennedy Town,  take Bus or Tram)
Food: ♕♕♕♕ - ♕♕♕♕♕   (Note: Meal was by Invitation)

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sun  - 12:00pm - 22:00pm

Address: 西環堅尼地城爹核士街1D號舖
Shop 1D, Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Western District
Ph: 2824 3010

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