Le Bistro Winebeast | Hong Kong
Tired of paying 3-4 times more than retail prices for a bottle of wine at a restaurant? You won't have that problem here at Le Bistro Winebeast where the wine is priced exactly the same as their retail wine shop nearby. This is perfect for people like me who'd like a glass of wine to go with my food to make for a perfect meal without breaking the bank.
Located on a side street next to the busy street market in Wan Chai, the restaurant looks and feels like a wine bar with mainly bar counter seating and two regular tables. Unfortunately sitting in a high chair at the bar wasn't very comfortable plus the restaurant was a bit cramped overall with limited space between seats. Lots of wine bottles were stored cleverly on the ceiling in racks as they try to maximize the limited space in the restaurant.
For dinner, the restaurant offered a 4 course tasting menu for $448 with an optional wine pairing for only an additional $100! We decided to go for that so we didn't have to choose and it was a great way to explore what the kitchen has to offer.
Wine Pairing: Bourgueil Catherine & Pierre Breton Epaule Jete 2012
Brandade de Morue (4/5) - with pounded salt cod, potato puree, espellete pepper condiment and green apple julienne. The flavors were well-balanced and light while we found that the chef had used lemongrass in this dish as well which elevated the aroma and flavors of the puree.
Wine Pairing: Costieres-de-Nimes Chateau Mourgues du Gres Les Galtes Dores 2010
Rossini Beef Fillet (3.5/5) - we ordered the beef fillet as medium rare as recommended but unfortunately the beef was a bit tough. I think it has to do more with the cut of the meat rather than the cooking. The pan-fried foie gras and black truffle jus were fantastic though as the flavors were just right while the browned vegetables were deliciously sweet.
Wine Pairing: Graves Clos Floridene Drapeaux de Floridene 2011
Candied Chestnut (4/5) - served with layers of vanilla emulsion, coffee ice cream and crispy ginger bread, the chestnut puree was rich and thick while the creme anglaise was silky smooth! The coffee ice cream was a bit hard though and could have been stronger in flavor to balance out the sweetness of the chestnut puree.
Wine Pairing: Rivesaltes Chateau La Casenove Tuile 2007
Verdict - high quality food, reasonable prices, wine at retail price, no service charge - what are you waiting for? ;)
Le Bistro Winebeast15 McGregor Street, Wan Chai
Tel: 2479 6833
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