Bon Appetit: There's Plenty to Savor at Hong Kong's Best French Restaurants

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.

Le Dome de Cristal
Photo courtesy of Le Dome de Cristal

The restaurant space is comprised of a main dining area and an Oyster and Champagne Bar for cocktails and tapas. The dining area features a menu with contemporary European cuisines, with an emphasis on French. The Oyster and Champagne Bar's...  Read More

Photo courtesy of VEA

VEA presents modern French Cuisine by Executive Chef Vicky Cheng, a local born chef who uses seasonal ingredients familiar to Hong Kong people. The marriage of food and beverages is the entire concept of the restaurant, and each tasting menu is...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Tartine

Heavily inspired by French influences, Tartine's cuisine focuses on creativity and necessity over abundance. It is all about the comforts of home, familiarity and warmth. "Let the ingredients do the talking" is the mantra of the restaurant,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Landmark Mandarin Oriental

The space was designed by Adam Tihany. The executive chef is Richard Ekkebus. That should be plenty to recommend Amber, which has won a string of awards and accolades. Having built his reputation on a solid foundation of traditional French...  Read More

Restaurant Petrus

Look out over the harbor for some truly inspirational romantic dining. This 56th-floor restaurant is, perhaps, one of the true gems of the Hong Kong dining scene. The view of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour from some of tables here is...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

Pierre is the stunning two Michelin-starred restaurant, situated on the 25th floor that offers floor-to-ceiling windows framing Victoria Harbour and is Pierre Gagnaire's pied-à-terre in Hong Kong. Gagnaire is the wizard of innovative French...  Read More

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Famed chef Joel Robuchon has restaurants in major cities around the world. This location follows his casual fine dining concept, where guests can sit at a diner-style counter and watch the kitchen staff in action (more conventional seating is...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Gaddis

One of the Peninsuala Hotel's many culinary stars, Gaddi's has been a fixture of the Hong Kong restaurant scene for more than 50 years, during which time it has enjoyed a fine reputation for terrific service, ambiance, and food. Expect to see an...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Caprice

The well-regarded Caprice is lovely, with tastefully opulent decor and a wonderful view over Victoria Harbour. The chef's forte is contemporary French cuisine and he imports a plethora of special ingredients to accomplish the best flavors and...  Read More


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Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his life.