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Home-style bistro in Kennedy Town

By Donna Mah | China Daily | Updated: 2013-01-20 11:03
Home-style bistro in Kennedy Town

One of Bistro du Vin's classic French bistro offerings is an earthy cog au vin (above), as well as a rich bouillabaisse and a pate and rillette platter (below). Photos Provided to China Daily

Home-style bistro in Kennedy Town

You associate Hong Kong with good Chinese food and cosmopolitan selections to tempt the international gourmets, but hidden away in the western part of the island is a little bistro - in every sense of the word. Donna Mah tells us more.

Home-style French cooking in a modest setting at reasonable prices is the very definition of what a French bistro should be.

However, in Hong Kong, the word "bistro" is usually just an indication the restaurant serves French food. Finally, at a small neighborhood eatery named Bistro du Vin, the name fits the concept perfectly.

Fresh produce is purchased from the nearby wet market. Poultry and meat are sourced locally wherever possible. Daily specials are written on a chalkboard prominently displayed on the wall in the middle of the dining room. Dishes are prepared using recipes tried and tested personally by owner, Randy See.

"We have tried to recreate the French bistro experience in Hong Kong," See says. The food served is French but with local flavors.

"We serve dishes that we make using fresh ingredients from the nearby market. We serve French food, but it's not fancy French food."

The food here is hearty and filling, and the menu provides an excellent variety, especially considering that Bistro du Vin is a small place with a really small kitchen.

The pates are not too salty and are served with fresh bread.

The portions are generous, and we all ate more bread with pate than we should have at the start of the meal. With a small section of the menu devoted to eggs, it was essential that we sample one of these items.

Home-style bistro in Kennedy Town

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