Fine Art and Food: French fine-dining restaurant Bibo was opened by the creative minds at Le Comptoir restaurant group, who never seem to run out of ideas for unique, stylish concepts. Opened in 2014, Bibo is known for its painstakingly created dishes against a background of contemporary art.
Look & Feel: Bibo is an art lover’s playground — just don’t try to touch anything. The art deco-inspired space is stacked full of pieces by some of the biggest names in art such as Banksy, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. It’s no wonder that Bibo has a bouncer. The space, designed to resemble an abandoned tramway company taken over by street artists, is chock-full of hip details like brass pipes (so hip) and French oak parquet flooring.
Meet the Chef: Executive Chef Mutaro Balde boasts shining credentials, having worked at Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon. Like most chefs of his caliber, Balde is all about the high-quality ingredients.
On the Menu: The French menu offers a mix of classic dishes and modern interpretations. For starters, choose from the likes of Hokkaido scallop carpaccio ($550) and homemade terrine ($620). A popular main is the “Le boeuf de Kobe” — yep, that’s Japanese Kobe beef with triple-cooked fries ($580) — and you’ll also find Dover sole ($980) and braise veal sweetbreads ($390). Did we mention that dinner starts with delicious freshly baked bread?
Service: High-end dining doesn’t equal intimidating staff: Bibo’s servers are warm and attentive. When we go to pick a wine, we’re pleasantly surprised that the sommelier suggests a bottle that’s well under our proposed budget instead of up-selling us.
Jeng: For an indulgent meal with a great atmosphere, Bibo ticks all the right boxes. Dining at Bibo can get pricey, but its weekend brunch (Saturday-Sunday, noon-3pm) presents good value in comparison. It’s a decadent four-course spread that comes with either free-flow Ruinart Blanc de Blancs (HK$680) or Dom Perignon champagne (HK$1,580).
Not So Jeng: You might expect to get free-flow food for the prices on the dinner menu. We’re also pretty put off by the bodyguard outside. We know you have fine art in there, but why so grumpy?
Great For: Special occasions, picky foodies, an awesome wine list.
FYI: Bibo’s the sister restaurant of Southside’s chic fine-diner The Ocean and beachfront burger joint Hotshot.
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