One of my absolute favourite French restaurants in Hong Kong is Chez Patrick. Given its elegance and relatively high price point, however, a visit to this beautiful restaurant, for me, requires a special occasion. Fortunately, for all the other times, there is Chez Patrick Deli, or three of them in fact. I was invited to try the new summer menu at Chez Patrick Deli on Brim28, a much more low key, bistro-style restaurant.
I have always thought that Brim28 is a fantastic area. With its sprawling covered terrace, it has one thing that everyone in Hong Kong craves: outdoor space. For Chez Patrick Deli, this is particularly fitting, allowing the place to feel much more like a Parisian bistro, with alfresco tables that are particularly perfect for people watching.
Inside the Deli, there is a much more casual feel than the restaurant proper, with focus on a big deli counter at the back of the room, which boasts an incredible selection of French cheese, homemade terrines and rillettes, comforting daily quiches and salads, and beautiful desserts.
Before our meal began, we nibbled on a few snacks from the shared platters menu. The saucisson, imported directly from Lyon, was delicious, whilst the salmon rillettes and the pork and duck rillettes were extraordinary. I’ve had pork rillettes, I’ve had duck rillettes, but I have never before had salmon rillettes. It was wonderfully light, just bursting with the flavour of fresh herbs.
Executive Chef Laurent Brouard admitted to us that the best fries come from Belgium and that he serves nothing but the best; his truffle fries therefore come from Belgium and were definitely up there amongst the best I’ve tasted, with only a teasing of truffle oil that wasn’t overpowering.
My prawn and avocado tartar was a lovely light and refreshing dish that is perfect for summer. Chef Laurent explained that, whilst some restaurants insist on fussing over a dish to give diners exciting textures and flavours, sometimes you just want to be able to taste the prawn and the avocado; you certainly could here. What made CPD’s version particularly special, however, were the crushed pink peppercorns muddled amongst the other ingredients, which livened up the dish and brought all the flavours together.
The ‘Bavette’ Black Angus flap steak is probably not something you’d find in the finest steakhouses. It is a simple cut, similar to a skirt or flank, and isn’t the most tender, but it has soooo much flavour. On its own it needed no assistance whatsoever, but I couldn’t resist a bit of shallot sauce, mainly as a dip for more truffle fries!
Chez Patrick is known for having some of the best cheese in Hong Kong, and the Deli is no different. We were served a beautifully arranged platter containing Munster (which we were recommended to eat with cumin seeds), Brie, Wasabique (wasabi-infused goat’s cheese), Selles sur Cher goat’s cheese and Pyrénées Brebis sheep’s cheese, all of which were phenomenal, served with Gregoire Michaud from Bread Elements’ delicious crusty bread.
Admittedly, I was a little terrified of the Éclair tagada when I first saw it. In all its bubble gum pink glory, it looked sickeningly sweet and I wasn’t sure I would manage more than a tiny bite. Somehow, however, it was actually quite light and fruity, helped by the tart strawberry coulis it was served with…but I still could only manage a few bites.
The floating island was quite a spectacle to look at and was also wonderfully light. I particularly liked the addition of the toasted almonds and the drizzle of caramel sauce.
My favourite of the desserts, however, was easily the salted chocolate cake. It could, perhaps, have had a few more salt crystals dotted around, but the texture was faultless and it definitely produced a few smiles around the table.
The summer menu is available at the other Delis too, in Stanley and on Star Street. Prices at all Chez Patrick Delis are naturally a lot lower than the restaurant on Queen’s Road East, with starters between $68 and $148, and mains between $88 and $218. If you’re looking for somewhere that’s a lot more low key and casual, whilst still maintaining the same quality of ingredients, Chez Patrick Deli is definitely a good option. When this weather finally sorts itself out, I look forward to many a lazy evening on that gorgeous terrace.
Chez Patrick Deli
Brim28, 1/F Causeway Centre
28 Harbour Road
Tel: +852 2877 0121
Other locations in Stanley and on Star Street – see website for details.