Hong Kong really does have it all, especially when it comes to restaurants. The beauty of it is that when some of these restaurants get it right, you can actually imagine yourself transported to the particular corner of the world where that restaurant’s cuisine comes from; such is the case with Fleur de Sel.
Considered by much of the city’s French population as Hong Kong’s best crêperie, Fleur de Sel, set up by Parisian chef Gregory Alexandre, resides in an old nondescript building in Causeway Bay. Take the quirky old (very old) lift up to the second floor, and the long arched entrance to Fleur de Sel will transport you to a corner of Brittany, complete with whitewashed brick walls, rustic furniture, typical French music and, of course, the all-important French chefs and waiters.
The menu contains a pretty comprehensive list of traditional and ‘special’ savoury and sweet crêpes that all sounded like they would be delicious, washed down of course with some pear cider.
La Complète, filled with emmental, ham and a fried egg is one of the most popular choices, and understandably so. If anything, the galette could have been a touch crispier around the edges, but the filling was just right.
L’italienne is evidently the Italian version of a crêpe, filled with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, Parma ham and pesto; almost like a lighter, healthier version of a pizza that still hits that comfort spot.
For cheese fiends like myself, I would recommend La Française, which comes laden with emmental, goat’s cheese, Bayonne ham and cherry tomatoes, accompanied by a walnut salad served in an adorable galette basket. It is definitely salty and rather indulgent, but I’m not complaining.
Perhaps having a dessert crêpe each would be a little over-indulgent (particularly after my rich choice of galette), but definitely save some space to at least share one…. or two. La Paulou is clearly a fun, modern take on the traditional crêpe, topped with a row of molten Toblerone chunks, a row of gooey toasted marshmallows and a shot of Baileys: heaven on a plate.
I must say, although I loved La Paulou, my favourite was the Banana with caramel and salted butter sauce, paired with a scoop of crème brûlée ice cream. Over-indulgent? Who cares!
Service at Fleur de Sel is spectacular… if you’re French; I noticed that no French patron ever had an empty cider cup despite never asking for a refill. My cup, on the other hand, could not have been emptier, no matter how many hints I directed towards the staff. In fact, service for French customers was so good that as soon as we had finished eating, we were handed our bill (which was pretty reasonable at just over $200 each) and asked to leave so that a French family could have our table! Perhaps next time I should wear a beret and carry a baguette to see if I get preferential treatment.
Fleur de Sel
2/F Po Foo Building
1 Foo Ming Street
Tel: +852 2805 6678