With an incredibly diverse restaurant scene and rapidly growing list of openings, it’s no wonder Hong Kong is referred to as Asia’s most dynamic food capital. We have over 15,000 restaurants to choose from, the highest restaurant density in the world. For those wondering if the thousands of restaurants are any good; well, the proof is in the accolades. That’s sixty three (63) Michelin-starred restaurants and nine (9) of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in Hong Kong.
As for fine dining, the choices are endless, but it seems French cuisine still reigns supreme in this category. So where does our culinary tour de France begin? Right here with our condensed list of our favourite French fine dining restaurants, so that you can begin with the finest.
Receiving their first Michelin star earlier this year, Finnish chef Eric Räty approaches French fine dining in a creative, nature-driven manner, and the result is nothing short of innovative. It’s a clever combination that features Asian ingredients, prepared using traditional French techniques tinged with elements of Japanese gastronomy and Nordic precision, all of which make for a sophisticated and intriguing cuisine. At Arbor, a la carte need not exist and instead, seasonal tasting menus allow a melodic and fresh flow of dishes that match the calming restaurant interior.
Arbor, 25/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central; +852 3185 8388
Though the cuisine itself leans towards a more informal neo Parisian bistro style, it’s the fine dining environs and labour-intensive dishes that give Belon that fine dining sparkle. With British chef Daniel Calvert at the helm, the modern French dishes are classic in its roots, clean and seemingly simple. In reality, they are exquisite in taste and execution. Both regionally and seasonally influenced, dishes change from time to time in order to feature the best available ingredients, but some signatures such as the impressive Whole roasted “three yellow” chicken remain.
Belon, 41 Elgin Street, Central; +852 2152 2872
Another of Hong Kong’s best restaurants to be graced with three Michelin stars is Caprice, which takes pride of place in the Four Seasons’ hotel and features French haute cuisine by Chef de Cuisine Guillaume Galliot. Thanks to his extensive travels, Galliot is able to inject a number of international flavours to his classic French style. Take his Laksa with king crab dish, which uses one of his favourite Singaporean flavours and marries lime, hazelnut, and leek with creamy laksa sauce and confit egg yolk, for an Asian-forward dish that exudes the finesse of French cuisine.
Caprice, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central;+852 3196 8888
Awarded two Michelin stars in 2019, one can assume that incredible dishes are on the menu at Écriture. And they’re not wrong. Here, Executive Chef Maxime Gilbert can be seen to elevate French cuisine through inventive and highly theatrical dishes. His use of Japanese produce coupled with expertise in traditional and contemporary techniques also help to add distinction to this modern French cuisine.
Écriture, 26/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2795 5996
Standing the test of time in Tsim Sha Tsui is French fine dining restaurant Gaddi’s, where opulence has been served on a plate since its doors first opened in 1953. Now with culinary talent Albin Gobil holding down the (kitchen) fort, who adds creativity and a modern style to the menu, Gaddi’s continues its reign as one of the more exquisite restaurants in Hong Kong for French cuisine.
Gaddi’s, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2696 6763
In locations dotted around the world, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is something of a French fine dining institution and is the continued legacy of the late chef Joël Robuchon. The empire now spans 13 restaurants located in Paris, New York, London, Singapore and more. In Hong Kong, amidst Landmark’s luxury retail and hotels, the restaurant reflects the Tokyo outpost and is designed with circular bar seating surrounding an open kitchen. Here, French classics are given a tapas-style twist where guests can view preparation of the dishes.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Shop 401, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 2166 9000
Though The St. Regis Hong Kong’s French restaurant has only been open for several months, it has already hit the mark for many in the world of fine dining — including us. Headed by Culinary Director and chef Olivier Elzer, an inventive approach to French haute cuisine is offered, and incorporates a multitude of seasonal produce from both France and Asia. Plus, there’s a cave dedicated to a huge array of French cheeses. Need we say more?
L’Envol, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai; +852 2138 6818
Renowned for holding one of Asia’s largest wine cellars, which features — you guessed it — an incredible collection of Château Pétrus and other exclusive chateaux, Petrus is fine wining and dining at its best. As always, it commands stunning views over Victoria Harbour, but now it also has celebrated chef Uwe Opocensky at the helm. Bringing over three decades of experience and culinary creativeness, one can only expect some really rather fantastic dishes up his sleeve.
Restaurant Petrus, Level 56, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central; +852 2820 8590
Situated on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Pierre — named after the renowned French chef Gagnaire — showcases innovative French gastronomy with one of the best views within the city. Gagnaire visits the Hong Kong restaurant three times a year to ensure that his menu is executed to an excellent standard. The creative menu items change with the seasons too, but remain classic in its presentation.
Pierre, 25/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central; +852 2825 4001
As the first international outpost of Paris’ most famous seafood restaurant, which was founded in 1925 by Adrien Rech and acquired by Alain Ducasse in 2007, Rech offers a French seafood experience interpreted by Ducasse himself. The freshest fish and shellfish on the menu are (mostly) shipped directly from France, and go hand in hand with the sweeping harbour views to make for an authentic seaside meal in fine dining fashion.
Rech by Alain Ducasse, Lobby Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2313 2323