Funky French eats at Figaro

Tucked on the chic and hip Shin Hing Street along with some cool cafes and vintage furniture stores, is a quaint French restaurant that aims to turn the classic French flavours into modern, artistic and moreover flavourful creations.

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I have been here for lunch twice now and have been impressed by the offerings. The lunch set menu includes 2 courses for 150 HKD and 3 for 190 HKD and doesn’t include service charge.

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The inspired ravioli starter which is stuffed with marrow paste with an oozing of parmesan froth really impresses upon first glance. The ravioli itself is shallow fried, in this case it was slightly moist from the marrow inside. Despite this however, the dish hit all the right notes in terms of flavour and visual impact. The marrow had a nice sweetness to it that went well with the saltiness of the parmesan.

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Figaro’s pumpkin soup is certainly not a boring affair either. Not as fancy as the ravioli, however very comforting.

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I also tried their ‘simple’ salad. Today’s was a melee of edamame beans, sprouts, radish and carrots on a bed of aubergine paste. The dish was so lovingly put together and the vegetables complemented each other very well.

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Figaro has a fish of the day special for mains so we tried the cod fish with coconut and banana glaze with a turnip paste at the bottom. The fish was cooked perfectly and again we noticed a nice pairing of flavours. Simply delicious and light!

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I tried the fish of the day course once more but this was a simple salmon and mash. It was very nicely cooked, although a bit too salty for my taste and not as flavourful or inventive as the cod.

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My colleague tried their mushroom pasta (pasta of the day), delighted as she was to have decent options as she is a vegetarian, they were also very generous with the portion size.

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After my very healthy serving of salad and salmon, I decided to splurge and order a combo of pastries with an espresso (all one course). The platter came with a chocolate cake with a cherry centre, a Financier and a coconut cookie. All were tasty and satisfied my sugar craving, but I was secretly hoping for some French favourites such as éclair, macaron or tarte tatin.

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Verdict: Figaro offers mostly ‘of the day’ dishes meaning seasonal, fresh and good quality produce. All the dishes I have had so far have been consistently appetising. Despite the high price tag, Figaro’s offerings seem worth it for the standard of food. A happy food baby!

Nisha

2 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong

Ph: 852 2757 1777 http://figaro.com.hk/

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