The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Lunch @ LE SALON DE THÉ de Joël Robuchon (Elements), Hong Kong

Last week hubby celebrated his birthday and took the day off from work. The 5-year-old was at school, and we had someone trustworthy to take care of our baby girl for a few hours so that we could enjoy some time together without the kids. We took the opportunity to try out the lunch and a-la-carte menus at Robuchon's LE SALON DE THÉ in the Elements mall, where we also enjoyed the afternoon tea a few months ago. This time the experience was far more relaxing (no kids), and there was no waiting in ridiculously long queues. The lunch set menu is available from 12:00 to 14:30, three courses for HK$378, and we could select from three different choices for the appetiser and main course, and from two options for dessert. The a-la-carte menu was also available to order from. Service was attentive but non-intrusive, and the food not only tasted delicious but also beautifully presented. I'm glad we now have French so close to home, and from our favourite chef too!

The view of the restaurant from the inside (a different angle than last time):

Hubby's cappuccino with blue mountain and kona coffee (for HK$28 extra):

My Ginger Latte (HK$50) which was delicious:

Hubby's choice of appetiser from the lunch set - pan-seared scallop and baby leek, hanaho with passion fruit sauce. The scallops were sweet and juicy, cooked to perfection. The tart passionfruit sauce seemed to overpower the scallops, but it was beautiful on its own. And the flavour of the hanaho (flowers from shiso was reminiscent of the sakura (cherry blossoms):

For main course, hubby ordered the poached cod fillet with fennel slaw and konbu bouillion. This was very Japanese in flavour, and the cod was so good:

The crêpes are the specialty here, and I got the foie gras crêpe, with chestnut, onion confit, apple cider reduction and green salad:

A generous hunk of foie gras lay underneath all those salad leaves. Delicious, but foie gras is a bit too rich for me after the third bite (I ordered this mostly for hubby who loves foie gras, and he enjoyed it thoroughly):

Hubby had the choice of ice cream with crêpe or a cake from the showcase, and the Mango Tart spoke the loudest to him. Here it is with a birthday candle:

Lovely mango tart, and I really liked it, but hubby said it wasn't as good as he expected:

We had to also try a sweet crêpe, and we ordered the Mont-blanc (HK$108) which had chestnut cream, vanilla ice cream, cassis mousse and meringue. A very good combination, and we enjoyed it a lot:

Gold foil accents are aplenty at Robuchon's restaurants. Can you spot it here?

What a lovely mid-week lunch! I would love eat here again.

[Prices quoted above do not include the 10% service charge.]

LE SALON DE THÉ de Joël Robuchon
Shop 1020B,
1st Floor Elements
1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2351 6678

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