With Hong Kong home to a large population of French nationals, it’s no wonder we have quite a number of French restaurants too. I personally haven’t tried too many French restaurants here in Hong Kong – the other place I had tried was Plat du Jour for a friend’s birthday, but to be honest I found their serving sizes to be way too small and generally the variety of dishes on offer were quite underwhelming.
Nestled in the heart of Sai Ying Pun, (which is increasingly becoming Hong Kong’s ultimate foodie hotspot), Metropolitain sits on the corner of Centre St & High St occupying a small but quaint little space.
The half open space design of Metropolitain does momentarily bring you back to the streets of Paris, (where you’ll find tables seated on the sidewalks – the perfect layout for people watching) and I love that they have a map of Paris too). Since the weather has been pleasantly mild (we’re not yet in Hong Kong’s humid & sweaty summer), they opened up the place so the space was seamlessly one.
The food on offer is quite bistro style, there’s a variety of sandwiches, burgers, steaks, breakfast brunches or pastas on offer, but on this occasion I ordered the steak tartare as it came highly recommended.
The steak tartare did not disappoint, coming with a large serving of fries & salad, the flavours were really great and there was an even balance of the sauce/flavouring to the actual meat.
Other dishes we ordered were the beef hanger steak which came alongside mashed potato & asparagus. This was part of the specials menu on the day we went so there was also a choice of soup or salad for starters and a drink to accompany it too.
What I loved about this place was the open-kitchen set up which allowed you to watch the chef patiently and tenderly cook our dishes. In Hong Kong you don’t often get to visit open-kitchen restaurants, so it was really nice being able to see the chefs delicately and sincerely prepare our dishes while we waited in anticipation.
Overall Metropolitain was great for a nice quick lunch, and there’s enough variety of dishes to accommodate for different kinds of tastebuds, but the casual and cosy feel of this restaurant is what you’ll love the most.
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G/F, 46 High Street (corner of Centre St)
Sai Ying Pun
Phone: +852 6271 6102
Address in local language: 西環西營盤高街46號地下