Figaro is another one of Central’s hidden gems: a quaint French wine bar. If you love good wine, Figaro boasts an extensive wine collection, all stored in an impressive wine cellar on the second floor. Aside from good drinks, Figaro recently launched an incredibly good-value food menu, thanks to Chef Jon Irwin, where the majority of dishes are all under HK$150. Figaro is a breath of fresh air in Hong Kong’s dining scene and makes for an enjoyable fuss-free evening of food and drink.
Vibe At Figaro
If you’ve wandered around Sheung Wan (technically Google Maps says it’s in Central, but I’d say it’s Sheung Wan), it’s likely you’ve walked right past Figaro and didn’t even know it. From the outside, Figaro appears to be a tiny bar with only a few small tables, but upon walking in, the inviting atmosphere, charming decor, and friendly staff manage to open the whole restaurant up. The ground floor is a great spot to enjoy a drink while people-watching, or if food is what you’re after, the second floor offers an intimate dining area.
MainsLangoustine Tartare & Cucumber Consomme (HK$115)Pollock, Asparagus, Oyster & Gin Emulsion, Salmon & Herring Roe (HK$140)Sweet & Sour Lamb Two Ways (HK$145)
We began with the stunning Langoustine Tartare & Cucumber Consomme (HK$115), of which our server came around to pour the cucumber consomme into the dish. Though it was difficult to actually taste the langoustine given the strong cucumber flavour, the dish was light and refreshing. The consomme almost tasted like Genie Juicery’s Sawadekah (which brought back memories of my juice cleanse [AKA three days of torture]). The Pollock, Asparagus, Oyster & Gin Emulsion, Salmon & Herring Roe (HK$140) was my favourite dish of the evening. The fish was cooked perfectly, and the flavours and textures complimented each other incredibly well. Our final main was the Sweet & Sour Lamb Two Ways (HK$145) with apple, shiso, and gherkin. Though not necessarily the most photogenic dish, the lamb “meatball” had a variety of textures and the lamb slice hiding underneath added a bit of variety to the dish.
DessertDeconstructed Tarte Tatin (HK$85)Poached White Peach, Lemongrass Sorbet (HK$85)
Despite the beautiful presentation, I unfortunately wasn’t a huge fan of the desserts at Figaro. The Deconstructed Tarte Tatin (HK$85) had black garlic tones that were a bit overwhelming. The Poached White Peach, Lemongrass Sorbet (HK$85) with cardamom mousse and smoked cream was full of subtle flavours and smooth textures that balanced the dish out well.
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a little more personality to go to for a drink or a bite to eat, Figaro is a great option. The cozy and welcoming environment, and high-quality yet still reasonably priced food make Figaro stand out among the competition.
2 Shin Hing Street
Tel: 2757 1777