Beautifully crafted cutlery and pretty views over Hong Kong Park set this otherwise bland hotel decor apart. The tables are large and evenly set around the room, with white linen tablecloths and comfortable chairs. The room lacks atmosphere, although the open kitchen gives it a more convivial air and the views across Wan Chai are relatively striking for its setting on the eighth floor.
Light but delicious, a meal at Brasserie on the Eighth will leave you sated without the dreaded food hangover. If you’re feeling indulgent, start with the Brittany lobster salad: generous pieces of the crustacean are set on a bed of lightly dressed leaves. To stay with the shellfish theme, try the fresh poached jumping shrimps, which are served with marinated vegetables, a poached organic egg and hazelnut dressing. For the main course, we loved the tournedos of beef tenderloin with fresh cheese gnocchi, shallot confit and red wine. The beef was cooked to perfection and contrasted well with the rich gnocchi and the creamed spinach we ordered on the side. Unfortunately, the twice-cooked Iberian suckling pig was less of a success. Served with Mediterranean vegetables and panisse, it was hard to wrestle off the bone and tasted a little dry. Finally, for dessert, we had warm apple tart, made with sugary apples and crunchy pastry, served with calvados ice cream, designed to bring back memories of hot summers in Normandy.
Thanks to head sommelier Lee Watson, a man who will happily give you 20 different wines to taste before you make your final decision, choosing wine at this restaurant is a delight. This wine list is varied and interesting and includes vintages from numerous different countries, whilst retaining a focus on French wine.
The service is excellent throughout. The hostess shows us to our table with a smile, waiters are attentive and helpful without being intrusive and we are never made to wait nor feel like we are being hurried along. If only all French restaurants could be like this.
This is one of the more expensive restaurants in Hong Kong, with the bill easily reaching HK$1,000 per person. And while the food and service certainly live up to the price, the décor lacks charm. However, with a better atmosphere, it would warrant the rather frightening bill that arrives at the end of the meal.