[Hong Kong] Sunday Lunch at 1* Rech by Alain Ducasse
Rating: ❤❤❤3/4 (3.75/5)
The holidays are always a good time to gather with family and friends, so I caught up with some friends over Sunday lunch at 1* Rech by Alain Ducasse. As an outpost of the Paris restaurant, Rech is similarly focused on seafood and the seaside decor at the restaurant reminded me of The Ocean in Repulse Bay. The restaurant offers a 4-course Sunday lunch for HK$588 with free-flow options starting at HK$188. Between the 4 of us, we pretty much tried all of the offerings on the menu and while the food was solid on the whole, nothing was particularly memorable though. The spectacular Victoria Harbour view and the attentive service were probably the best part of the meal.
At the beginning of the service, we were served some seaweed crackers and house-made bread with butter in the shape of a fish while we waited for the rest of the food.
We ordered some oysters on top of the lunch menu to kick off our meal. There were 4 kinds to choose from and they ranged from HK$400-$500 per half dozen.
For appetizers, we had the Cookpot of Small Spelt, Cuttlefish, Coriander and Sesame and the 'Club' Crab and Mango - both of which were pleasant but nothing spectacular. The only dish we didn't try was the chestnut veloute.
For mains, we tried all 3 offerings - Sea Bass with Scallop and Light Broth, Wild Cod Aioli, Venison Fillet with Pumpkin and Cranberry. Surprisingly, the venison was the standout of the three (well for a restaurant focused on seafood anyways) while the fish dishes were a bit overcooked.
Cheese lovers will rejoice that the lunch came with a generous portion of its famous Camembert cheese!
For desserts, we had the Confit & Ice Mango, Champagne Granite and Baba with Rum of Your Choice, Lightly Whipped Cream which came with 2 choice of rum (one lighter and one stronger in taste). The mango was obviously refreshing and the safer choice while the baba received mixed reviews - those who chose the stronger rum said that it was really strong which overpowered the rest of the dessert.
Our meal at Rech was pleasant enough and it delivered a safe and solid meal but if you're looking for something to wow you, I'd look elsewhere.
Rech by Alain Ducasse
Lobby Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2313 2323https://hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/dining/rech-by-alain-ducasse/
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