Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Chez Moi, Causeway Bay - Desperate for Lighting in Romantic Restaurants?

Who knows that this humble little door will lead you to....

is this heaven?

A place full of everything beautiful...
A place that gives you warmth...romance...intimacy...
and most of all...
A place full of deliciousness.

My first visit to Chez Moi was so memorable, I just had to go back and take better pictures than my previous point-and-shoot disasters.

A quick tip.
How do I say "Chez Moi"?
Don't do what I did. I made a huge fool of myself when booking for a table, calling the place "CHESS moa", although they might get that a lot...but still. Damn. Lucky I don't get embarrassed easily. HAHA!
It's pronounced as "shey moa". I'll remember that.

Now on to the deliciousness...

Pan Seared Goose Liver & Sliced Caramel Apple with Port Wine Sauce. The seared foie gras was perfectly cooked and the sweet apples were just the perfect match for it. Don't forget to wipe clean the rich sauce in the middle. The salad balances out the rich components.

From my previous visit, I knew that the place has quite a romantic setting, i.e. very dimly lit.
I tried cheating and adjusting the lighting when our server wasn't looking, but boy! her sense of lighting is superb, she immediately dimmed the light the moment she was back in the room.

But I came prepared. I brought a small flashlight (when I took it out, I think I scared our server a little)....did it work?

Well, in some occasions. But, next time, I'm gonna bring some stuff which could act as a diffuser, a reflector...heck! Am I crazy enough to set up an impromptu "studio" in public now? It must be darn embarrassing dining out with me.

Sauteed French Live Mussel with White Wine Garlic Sauce. Heavenly! The sauce was so good, so savoury...I used my soup spoon to scoop and slurp, and used these fantastic garlic bread below to mop the juices clean.

Crusty, buttery, garlicky, herby on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Just the way we like it.

The shrimp bisque was well seasoned, flavorful, with plenty of shrimp bits. Again, I dipped some bread to get some soup soaking action. Fantastiqqqq!!!! (clearly, I don't speak any French apart from !@#@$@$@#$*&*&)

In my previous visit, a friend of mine complained about being served "dessert" in the middle of a meal...ohhh I guess this is what people call "palate cleanser" in Top Chef episodes eh? Something to refresh my palate and welcome the star of the meal. Whatever you call it, this lychee sherbet was very light and refreshing.

By the way, did you notice the "sherbet from heaven" effect? It was a result of the flashlight action :p

Grilled Australian Wagyu Rib Eye Steak with Red Wine Sauce. One of the best steaks I've ever had. Well seasoned, well seared, juicy and tender. I must admit that this one kinda looked like a piece of grilled chicken leg and wasn't really photogenic. But trust me, it was absolutely delicious!

The Lobster Thermidor looked fabulously sexy sexy SEXY! It was well cooked, the lobster meat pieces were succulent, the sauce was rich and tasty...however, it felt a little bit too rich and creamy for summer. I hope that Chez Moi could create a more seasonal menu in the future.

The green tea cheese cake was wonderfully light. Not too rich, not too sweet. Just perfect!

The Vacherins of Strawberries with Mango Mascarpone Cream cured me of my meringue-phobia. The sweet and crunchy base was perfect with the creamy mascarpone cream and tasted even better with the pieces of berries. It was perfectly orchestrated symphony! Sorry for overusing the word perfect...:p

Ideally, I love my sweets with hot, unsweetened tea, but I gotta try their coffee. I am a sucker for a good cup of coffee with cream...the one that gives you the kick-in-the-stomach feel, and this fella did exactly that. I was playing with my flashlight lighting the left, the right, the top, and the bottom of the cup, bounces the light off a plate, etc etc...Fellow diners shot me a "WTF" look...they should consider themselves lucky that I still had my senses and did not aim my flashlight at them :p

For reservation, call +852 2881 1929
A set dinner and a glass of wine cost HK$415 (no service charge)
They only accept cash, so hit the ATM to avoid embarrassment, folks!

Thank you, Mr. Flashlight. I had a fantastic night. Shall we do this again sometime?
(He said no)


KennyT said...

I should bring my lover to this place, thanks for the info!!

FFichiban said...

This place looks awesommmmee! THe foie gras, the steak (OMGGG) and the lobster mmmmmmm

EatTravelEat said...

The exterior of a place can be so deceiving! This is probably the biggest difference between the exterior and interior that I have ever seen.

The food looks so delicious. And your flashlight brings a very interesting perspective to the photos :). I'll have to consider doing that next time if I find a flashlight that is not too bright...

YaYa said...

What an incredible place, it's like an old fashioned speakeasy and you have to know the secret password before you can enter. Who would have imagined such loveliness behind that door?

Little Corner of Mine said...

What a huge different, a door apart. The food and presentation just gorgeous!

Claudinette said...

I wish i can get there but it's a little bite too far from my home ! The food looks so yummy, it's the perfect place for a date. Hope you have enjoyed your meal and your night.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

thats a cool concept! like private dining..

thats a good idea with the flashlight..maybe i shud buy 1 also.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

kenny...yeah! hope you like it ^_^

ffichiban...yum yum yum...i want more of that steak and the foie...T_T

eattraveleat, yes...i love the humble appearance of the front door.

yaya, hehe the password is cash ^_^ and reservation

LOCM yes...and the food's super delish!

claudinette...perfect for a date ^_^, i had a great night!

joe, yes! the flashlight was helpful but i will modify it and add diffuser hehehe

noobcook said...

omg you brought flashlight! And I think it's a VERY good idea :P love the lobster thermidor, I wannttttt

Lidia Sianturi said...

ha? kuwi maeman kanggo wong loro Rit? akeh men....tp mgk krn porsine cilik2 yo? Mungkin nek aku karo bojoku jg podo wae enteke berpiring2...hehehe.

HK Choo said...

Nice blog with fantastic photos..drooling now despite the fact that I just had lunch. :)

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing that amazing meal. I WANT THE LOBSTER THERMIDOR RIGHT NOW!!! And the lychee sherbet. And—well, OK, I want the whole meal. How out of this world!

P.S. Like the flashlight action. I must try that!

The Little Teochew said...

What in ingenious idea! A flashlight! Ah, the things food bloggers do to get nice pics ;) Great photos!!

kaz said...

it look so yummy, will go and try it out when I am back in Hong Kong. Thanks for sharing

sage said...

long way from up north in Michigan