Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Bouchon Bistro Francaise - Overheard Something Annoying
Last weekend, SC and I brought baby Marcus to have lunch with a group of pretty ladies in this lovely place. We arrived early. We were seated at the gorgeous charming little patio at the back of the restaurant. There were two ladies lunching at the only table next to us. As we waited for the others to arrived, I took pictures of the menu to tweet and tease my other lunching companions. The next thing that happened annoyed me.
One of the ladies, after shooting some unfriendly glances our way, started making comments on how she was not impressed by people who take pictures during meals, she wondered, audibly, why "some people" can't just enjoy their meals without taking pictures. And by "some people" she probably meant me? She continued to make unpleasant remarks about food blogs and how food bloggers have no credibility, and she said, rather smugly, that she doesn't follow any food blog. Her words of "wisdom", loud and clear, most probably for our benefit?
She knew exactly that we were within earshot and we should have been able to hear everything she said very clearly. While I respect that everybody has the right to their own opinions and free to express them, I couldn't help feeling appalled by her rudeness. Ew.
But, oh wells, if I had a Hong Kong dollar for every annoying person I encountered, I'd be able to buy newer, bigger, and more bad ass top-of-the-line food photography gear to wave in their face by now.
The food looks absolutely gorgeous under the most perfect soft natural sunlight ever!
Decent bread, lovely soft and creamy butter.
The country pate and toasted baguette with a side salad was not my favorite. The pate was not bad, but the already cold toasted baguette didn't do it for me.
The onion soup was absolutely delicious!
Sweet and hearty. Love it!
There were some other dishes that I didn't get to taste, so I won't comment, but look at this gorgeous tomato salad with goat cheese and balsamic dressing..
..I kinda regretted that I didn't order that ^_^'
The roast of the day was roast beef served with a side of fries.
The beef, despite looking beautifully cooked, was dry and chewy. The side of fries, on the other hand, was a winner! They're well seasoned, crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Delicious!
Our friends who ordered the seared salmon with spinach and lemon butter sauce both mentioned that the fish was overcooked.
The creamy mushroom tagliatelle looked fantastic...
But I always pick meat over meatless, sometimes to my detriment...
I ordered steak tartar with french fries. It arrived looking amazing...
...and it has some really good flavors. There was a good balance of rich, creamy, salty, and acid, but the meatiness was kind of lost somewhere.
The fries were still fantastic though. I finished each and every single piece.
To sum up, my favorites are the fries, the onion soup, and the charming place. I'd go back for those and maybe try their dessert and pasta.
A set lunch costs HK$108, add HK$48 for the steak tartar.
Bouchon Bistro Francaise
F/F, 49 Elgin Street, Soho, Central
Tel: +852 2525 9300