I love French food for the food, but not so much the fact that it’s so often served as fine dining. Apart from the insufficient portions and extortionate prices, the uncomfortable formality is among the biggest reasons I avoid such places.
For that reason, La Grande Bouffe and La Port Parfume are excellent lunch spots. But Bistro du Vin is still the casual French restaurant that impresses me most and countless people have revealed the same to me. In fact, I visited on a Monday night and they were fully booked!
The dish was simple and refreshing. Honestly it wasn’t served with much more than the super fresh scallops themselves, so it was really the quality of the seafood that we were amazed by. That means, no fishy taste whatsoever.
Escargots with bone marrow *must order*
I’ve probably had bone marrow five times in my life and I almost swore I would not make a mistake for the sixth time. But I still wanted to try it this time and it was amazing. The taste is a lot more ‘pure’ and easy on the buds than any of the other stinky versions I’ve tried in the past, to be a little hyperbolic. The escargots were delicious as usual – it’s hard to go wrong with this one.
French onion soup *must order*
Best onion soup ever. They proudly make it with an overloading amount of cheesiness, while the soup is full of flavour and not too oily either. This would be the number one dish I recommend you to order, no doubt.
Slow cooked beef cheek
I was not too optimistic about this one as I’m not a huge fan of beef cheek – I usually strictly like my beef as rib eye or T-bone. But this was clearly executed extremely well. The meat was super soft and tender to the point that it was easily ‘cut’ or separated by spoon.
We went with their recommendation for dessert. The texture was amazing. It’s a must order if you like the taste of rum, because the rum flavour is quite intense. I’d personally prefer it without rum, but I still scraped the pot clean that night!
Great food, service and ambience
The food quality here was impressive. I loved every single dish I ordered here with the escargots with bone marrow and French onion soup being my favourite. Countless people have either recommended this restaurant to me or agreed with me it was great! It’s not fine dining (though not cheap dining either) and has a more bustling ambience which makes it perfect for catching up or medium sized group gatherings.
We spent about HK$600 each with wine and the one dessert, which is not cheap at all, but the taste of food is worth it, I’d say.
Bistro du Vin is located on 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town. Be sure to make reservations as they are usually packed.