Holiday Series: Bon Viveur, A Celebration of Love
The phrase 'bon viveur' is a pseudo-French phrase meaning 'one who lives well'. It's someone who enjoys the good things in life, and always indulge in good food and wine.
Let's be real, Valentine’s Day has become a day where you get caught up in searching for 'the perfect gift'. What has it got to do with love? It should be a celebration of LOVE! This year, we're doing things differently on this special day by declaring our love for food. Because come on, what's more romantic, glittery, and sexier than food?
So here's our ultimate picks for this coming Valentine's Day —from French fine dining to amazing cheap eats in Hong Kong— a testimony of unconditional love that this holiday is really about. And if you care enough to share, grab a sister, mother, lover or squad to indulge and celebrate together.
CHINO is a modern Mexican-Japanese fusion located in Kennedy Town. It's one of the new go-to eateries in K Town. Curated by former Nobu chef Erik Idos, the distinct flavors of pretty much every dish are perfectly balanced with spot-on heat and tanginess. Our favorite dish is probably the scallop and uni tostada with shredded nori — beautifully seasoned scallops and sweet, creamy uni on top of toasted tortilla. Oo yea, let's taco bout love.
Location: 1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Bing Kee Tea Stand
If you ever visit Tai Hang, you need to try Bing Kee's pork chop noodles with their signature creamy milk tea. And we would definitely recommend that you go C-U-R-A-Z-A-Y on the homemade pickled chillies. Yumsies.
The menu is super simple, but diners flock here for it. At around 40hkd per person, you're guaranteed to leave full and satisfied. The 'dai pai dong' opens from 7am to 3pm, and is always packed on weekends, so make sure you come early!
Their peanut butter & condensed milk on toast is simply fantastic. If someone ever tells you that peanut butter plus condensed milk is too much, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Le Garçon Saïgon
Photo: Le Garçon Saigon
It's no surprise that Le Garçon Saigon is on our list. The Saigonese brasserie celebrates the vibrant and fresh flavours of Vietnamese cuisine. Located in the charming Star Street neighbourhood, it's the perfect addition to the area’s quaint boutiques and eateries. The menu showcases a well-curated selection of Saigonese delights, French wines, cocktails and digestifs. If you're a sandwich lover, you’ll definitely want to try their sensational banh mi paired with perfectly chilled Saigon beer.
3/3rds has to be one of our favorite hidden gems in town. Located in an old industrial building in Wong Chuk Hang, 3/3rds is a little oasis tucked away from the hustle bustle. Tuck into their roasted coffee and daily offerings of soups and salads inspired by flavors from around the world. We would recommend a slice of their moreish mozzarella and mascarpone pizza topped with chorizo, olives and fresh rocket. We love how they kept the industrial and minimal feel of the space. Make sure you drop by and chill for a little while before rushing back to the hectic city life.
Our last pick, Amber, is a must-try when it comes to fine dining in the area. Michelin-star Chef Richard Ekkebus is the consummate culinary director. His properly refined French cuisine with Eastern influences is not only visually stunning but also a to-die-for experience to taste. The menus reflect the seasons, with the finest ingredients from around the world.
Amber is also known for their weekend wine lunch. If a divine 6-course lunch with vintage wine pairing doesn't convince you, we don't know what will.