As I was trying to write a newspaper column, my wife suggested that we go out for lunch.
After deliberating on the possible options, I decided to take her to a French restaurant in Wan Chai whose owner is a chef and artist from France.
I felt the venue will offer a romantic atmosphere and also good food which my wife will appreciate.
While filling isn’t quite a common adjective that captures the essence of French cuisine, Le Monde d’Ulysse will not disappoint diners in terms of the food portions.
Its three-course lunch sets consist of a starter, a main dish and a dessert. What is welcome is that costs only HK$100.
The starter soup, Spanish gazpacho, was superb, thanks to the fresh tomatoes.
But the main courses are the highlight. All the options come with a generous portion of rice that is similar to those served in cha chaan teng. The owner named his series as French-style dip tau faan (法式碟頭飯).
Duck leg confit with wintermelon on rice, accompanied by a bowl of chicken broth, was beautifully presented.
Topped on a layer of fragrant Thai jasmine rice were shredded duck leg confit and mushy wintermelon. By adding the broth, it instantly became soup rice.
The dessert I chose was orange sorbet. I was glad that it was no ordinary orange but the blood orange!
Apart from my choices, there were many more options available on the menu: three starter soups, seven or eight choices of the main course and two dessert options of crème brûlée or fresh fruit sorbet.
For main courses, my recommendations would be braised oxtail in red wine, smoked pork belly and egg, and pan-fried fish fillets with ham and mashed tomatoes.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Dec. 9.
Translation by Darlie Yiu with additional reporting
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