Jean Paul Hevin is a well-known French master in the chocolate business.
His macarons, hot choco and chocolate cakes have been the talk of the town since the shop was first launched in HK.
I tried their choco drink and cakes a while ago, and honestly, despite all the great reviews, I was not that impressed at all. Perhaps that's cos I'm not a dessert-maniac, and find the drink and cakes a bit too rich and sweet.
What interested me a lot is that their IFC shop offers set lunch on weekdays.
The shop is a cosy place in an open area in the IFC, ideal for those who want to see and be seen. There are about 10 small tables (each taking 4 persons max), and a few bar seats.
They do not take reservations and only accept walk-ins for lunch. We arrived early to avoid disappointment and very soon after we're seated, the queue started to build up. Lucky !!
The set lunch comes with a wide choice of main courses, plus a soup and coffee/tea, and ranges from ~$100 to 140. You can add $20 for their choco drink.
The soup was some kind of vegetable consomme. Not very attractive, just the ordinary stuff.
For the main course, we had:
Risotto with crab claws in Lobster sauce;
Capellini with scallops in basil/tomato sauce.
Italian food in a French shop, interesting.
The risotto is very well-made, cooked to the right consistency, and well-dressed in the lobster sauce. It also came with two big crab claws which were fresh and tasty.
The capellini was al dente and came with a few scallops which were very fresh and tasty. The tomato sauce brought out very well the freshness of the scallops.
Both dishes were generous in portion.
C added $20 and ordered a choco drink. It came from a pot which can actually serve 2 small cups. The drink was thick and rich and C liked it very much. For me, I found it a bit too much and just had a house coffee.
Relaxing lunch, nice place to see and be seen, deserves an encore.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Sep 21, 2010
Spending per head: Approximately HKD120(Lunch)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3