NEW RESTAURANT: EIFFEL BISTRO IN TAIKOO SHING

This Parisian bistro adds to the slowly expanding options of international restaurants in the Taikoo area, focused on classic French dishes and a sizeable wine list.

Brought to us by restaurant group French Creations (of Pastis, Metropolitain etc), Eiffel Bistro is a new spot positioning itself for upscale business lunches or a more chilled family gathering. Taikoo Shing isn't inundated with French restaurants, so makes for a peaceful backdrop which is now offering lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on weekends.

Open kitchen and people-watching windows are reminiscent of a typical Parisian bistro, and the artworks that adorn the walls are inspired by the iconic Eiffel Tower (hence the name). On the menu are primarily French classics–think homemade duck foie gras with seasonal chutney and toasts ($168), and sole meunière with steamed rice and citrus butter ($208). A lunch set (starting from $128) is available on weekdays, and a brunch menu is offered on weekends and public holidays.

French Creations opens new restaurant Eiffel Bistro in Taikoo Shing

French restaurant group, French Creations, is pleased to announce the opening of a new restaurant in Taikoo Shing: Eiffel Bistro. The elegant and spacious 75 seat bistro serves authentic French cuisine and is now open for lunch and dinner daily as well as brunch on weekends.

Located in the peaceful Taikoo Shing area, few steps away from the buzzing Citiplaza mall, Eiffel bistro is the ideal spot for a classy business lunch and a refreshing option to gather family and friends for dinner or brunch. After partnering with In Situ & Partners for the design, Eiffel bistro’s chic interior reflects the typical Parisian-style bistro with its open kitchen, its people-watching window and artworks inspired by the iconic Eiffel tower.

The menu offers a range of French classics, from fresh summer salads to classic brasserie staple in generous sharing portions, served along the Chef’s signature dishes: “homemade duck foie gras”, “Beef Tartare”, “Sole Meunière” and “Eiffel Burger”. For lunch, guests may choose crispy French bread sandwiches or three courses from the executive lunch menu. A true brasserie experience is not completed without wine, diners can enjoy a large selection of wines imported from some of the best vineyards of France. Great happy hour deal Monday to Friday from 4pm to 8pm includes buy one get one on sommelier-selected glasses of wines and beers. The Happy Hour menu also includes a selection of meat and cheese platters to share.

Vibrant atmosphere, delicious French gastronomy and an affordable extensive wine list mostly from France characterize the place. Eiffel Bistro is a place for a little romance and good times; a celebration of ‘joie de vivre’ with the French and for anyone craving a taste of ’la vie bohème’ in Paris.

French Bistro Opens in Taikoo Shing on Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong’s growing French community was out in force on 26 June 2016 to celebrate the grand opening of Eiffel Bistro, the10th food and beverage outlet to be opened by the growing French Creations group.

There was a free flow of champagne, rose, and other tipples. The mouth-watering canapes never stopped emanating from the restaurant's stylish open kitchen.

Sliders, which are known locally as mini hamburgers, are one of my favourite nibblies at cocktail parties. Something similar was served here, but between slices of mini baguettes rather than buns. The thick, gooey sauce was to die for.

Interestingly, one of the yummiest snacks was also one ofthe simplest: cheese melted over toasted slices of mini baguettes.

About 90% of the guests were French, whose numbers have grown exponentially in Hong Kong over the last decade.

There are now estimated to be more than 25,000 French nationals in the city, and they seem to be adding an undeniable savoire-faire to the city's cultural and culinary scene.

I chatted with a Frenchwoman, who - after five years - considers Hong Kong home.

We definitely saw eye to eye when it comes to escargot, which was mercifully not served that night.

"I might be French, but I don't like eating snails," she confided,  using the English rather than the French word for escargot.

"I think the texture is disgusting. As for the taste, it's all in the sauce. Why not put the sauce on something that's not disgusting?"

At one point I was approached two young Chinese men in their late teens or early twenties.

"Are you famous?" one of them asked me.

"Of course I'm famous! That's why I'm here," I joked.

Their faces lit up and one of them said, "Really? We are bloggers! Can we take your picture?"

Eiffel Bistro is the 10th food and beverage outlet in the French Creations group and the sixth bistro. There is also a brasserie, two lounges, and a wineshop. One of the bistros also doubles as a wine shop.

With the exception of Saint-Germain, a Parisian style brasserie in Happy Valley, all of the eateries are located in the SoHo section of Central or nearby Sai Ying Poon, which is being increasingly referred to as Little Paris.

Eiffel Bistro is French Creations' first foray into Northern Hong Kong Island. More outlets are planned. Can we look forward to one in Kowloon or the New Territories?