Parisian Classics: In a quiet corner off Hollywood Road, Cafe Claudel offers up authentic French fare amidst cozy surrounds. It’s just one of a slew of exciting restaurants to open at new heritage and arts centre Tai Kwun.
Look & Feel: Taking its cue from the grand cafes of 1920s Paris, Cafe Claudel boasts charmingly throwback style created by Hong Kong architecture firm In Situ and Partners. In true bistro fashion, the restaurant provides a comfortable environment for casual get-togethers without skimping on style. Expect curved wood chairs, subtle gold accents, ceiling fans, and retro art on the walls. There’s even an open-air terrace where guests can enjoy al fresco dining in true European style.
On the Menu: Cafe Claudel is the latest endeavour by French Creations, who also masterminded Pastis, Metropolitan, and Saint Germain. This latest concept offers a simple, solid menu of classic French bistro dishes. You’ll find everything from a truffle croque monsieur ($148) and foie gras terrine ($188) to charcuterie boards ($188). There’s even steak frites in the form of hangar steaks ($258).
Jeng: This could just be the perfect spot to while away a lazy summer afternoon. A decent wine list, delicious sharing plates, and views of Tai Kwun’s courtyard and Colonial architecture are the perfect backdrop.
Not so jeng: There were a few minor hiccups with service, but that’s to be expected with a newly opened restaurant.
Great For: Pretending you’re in Europe while people-watching with a glass of wine.
FYI: The restaurant was named for renowned French poet and playwright, Paul Claudel.
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