Eating at French restaurants in Hong Kong you can generally count on two things: haute cuisine, and high prices. The good news is that the sizable check that will be delivered at the end of the meal is worth every cent.
Some French restaurants have been in business for years. Gaddi's is a typical example, a repository of splendid food in splendid surrounds complemented by splendid service in the Peninsula Hotel, the oldest in the city and many would say still the best. Fellow diners may well be gourmets, friends celebrating a birthday or some other significant anniversary, or simply a corporate group. But all will be relishing every morsel on their plates, and every drop in their glasses.
Of course, there are newer restaurants, such as Spoon, part of the empire of multi award winning super chef Alain Ducasse, whose galaxy of Michelin stars speak for themselves.
And then there's the new generation, propelled by a recent influx of young French people who've come to Hong Kong to seek their fortunes. Tartine is the prime example. And it's a stunner.