April 4, 2014

The New French

French food. Been there. Done that. You love a nine-course menu degustation as much as you love rough and ready steak frites. A pain au chocolat with a noisette is your all time favorite breakfast. You think you know it all Mademoiselle Francophile, and you did, but now everything has changed.

Allow us to introduce you to Serge et le Phoque. Located just across the street from the bustling Wan Chai Market you will find a little slice of Paris. Not the cheesy Paris of the movies, but the real Paris. Well, the real Paris if you could score a table at Le ChateaubriandLe Dauphin, Le Burq, or La Bigarrde… Frédéric Peneau, of the first three restaurants, created Serge et le Phoque along with designer Charles Pelletier. Third partner Christope Pelé from La Bigarrde is manning the kitchen.

Impeccably designed with a calming, warm and minimalist vibe, when you sit down on one of the teal banquettes you are in for a treat. The menu changes often to reflect seasonality and also to continue to challenge diners’ tastes buds. Expect European and Japanese sourced ingredients that are assembled beautifully to bring out the best flavour of each component.

Plump for the scallops with anchovy, uni and wasabi and tender monkfish perched atop tendrils of fresh garden peas. All meals end with a slab of soft cheese fresh from Alleosse in Paris for the table, followed by unique and surprising desserts, including beetroot sorbet and lemon tart with capsicum. We’re still reminiscing about a particularly dreamy dacquoise, which ended the experience on a stellar note.

Staff are knowledgeable and charming, (particularly front man and co-founder Charles Pelletier) and the wine menu contains all natural wines. Although at the suggestion of Charles one evening we had one of the restaurant’s signature gin and tonics and it may have been the best G&T we’ve ever had. The French really do everything better.

Change is a very good thing.

Serge et le Phoque
Shop B2, Tower 1 The Zenith
3 Wan Chai Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 5465 2000

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