|Taste ||Environment ||Service ||Hygiene |
Value for Money
Chestnut tart & macarons Jan 25, 2013
I wanted something sweet so dropped by to try their desserts. I decided on the chestnut tart and picked 4 macarons (rose, earl grey, fromage, chocolate)
The chestnut tart is good but you get sick of it after eating half. The chestnut cream is too rich and also there's extra cream in the middle so it's too rich for one person to finish. But I loved the crust! It's so crunchy! I ended up eating all the crust and not the chestnut cream.
The macarons were good. My favorite was the fromage with cheese one. It's not too sweet and the cheese filling is just unbelievably delicious! My second favorite would be the rose. Least favorite is the earl grey since I couldn't taste any earl grey flavors at all. The chocolate was just mediocre.
Recommended Dish(es): Fromage macaron!
Date of Visit: Jan 25, 2013
Value for Money4
Unbelievably BAD Jan 14, 2013
We ordered a Opera. And it was indescribably awful.
Charging us $3X, we expected the cake to be heavenly and delectable.
The Opera looks quite nice, but the taste was second-rate.
Before I savoured the cake, I supposed the cake to have layers of tastes, but I was COMPLETELY wrong.
The cake was actually a coffee cake. Mediocre!
You can only taste coffee in this cake, but no wine, no chocolate, no crispy layers which Opera supposed to have.
I don't know the quality of other LGB's cakes. But judging by the Opera that I tried, I will never visit this cake shop again.
DON'T try the OPERA!
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD40
Value for Money1
Not a good start of the day Dec 24, 2012
Was there in the morning hoping to have a good start with a nice breakfast with a certain confidence since I had been there a few times already in the past, and so I also know the menu that is the same since they open.
First, I think that the waitresses should learn several things before taking on the job
-1- Smile (it makes the guests feel good, relax and happy)
-2- Learn to understand and speak a reasonable level of English
-3- Know the menu and the food they serve included the ingredients that go in the food and food item options
-4- The customer is always right
Second, I think anyone who pretends to be a chef and wants to wear a chef’s jacket, should at least know how to cook an omelet
Arrived in the morning, only 2 tables at that time, ordered 2 omelets, one will all ingredients listed on the menu, and the other with ham and Swiss cheese only and well cooked, together with 2 black coffees.
The waitress acknowledged the order by picking up the menus, without thank you, without repeated the order, without asking if we wanted the salad and fruits on the side (as mentioned on the menu), she left so fast that we had to go to the bar to make sure we’ll get the fruits (good on us as she said she ordered the salad on our behalf)
15 minutes, and one order of egg Benedict on a table (arrived after us), next to us, later, our 2 omelets had still not arrived. After checking with a lovely “2 minutes” flying across the corridor, our 2 omelets finally arrives.
One well done on the outside and seriously uncooked inside, and made with unevenly bitten eggs, resulting in slimy uncooked egg white in the center, and so little cheese I could not taste anything. Ah I forgot, the chef had also forgotten the salt and pepper.
The other one, the one that supposed to be with ham and Swiss cheese, came without ham and without cheese.
Called the waitress who goes to the kitchen, comes back to the table, with the plate and says the chefs said there is cheese and place back the plate on the table as if “that’s the way it is just eat it”. No we said, please make one with Swiss cheese as asked, so the plate goes back and comes back with the same result as the first one.
So, we call the waitress again, and tell her there is no Swiss cheese in that omelet, so she comes back with a ramequin of parmesan cheese, and tell us we can add some more if we want, but that is PARMESAN not SWISS CHEESE….ah sweet cheese she says…..ok we just gave up, and eat. We had this request before; this is why we ask again. Finally she admits that she did not ask the chef properly about the Swiss cheese, or maybe I guess when the chef who cannot even cook an omelet, heard sweet cheese he thought she’s mixing up things and just did not bothered.
Well just to say this was almost certainly my last visit at LGB…..the management should change the chef for sure and then train the waitresses better….
The coffee was nice though!!
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Dec 20, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD110(Breakfast)
Very bad services! Impolite waitress ! Feb 28, 2012
Today I went there with my family and a baby boy, I called and reserved the table and they said no high chair offered and no guarantee that we can sit inside!!
When we arrived, they offered me sit outside which is very windy , and i asked if we can sit inside if someone left!! The waitress there was all ignoring you and no menu was offered over 10 minutes sitting in a windy seat! After , I saw someone left and then I ordered a high tea set for 2, we wait wait and 10 min after , they said they cant offer me that seat ! How can they charge ppl $200 a tea set per person giving such bad services is really ridiculous,! Yhe environment is bad, waitress is impolite FILO and bad faces towards you? I left and thinking if we pay $400 for tea, why bother take this bad services? I really upset about the environment and staffs, honestly for this price you can go mandarin and four season hotel for excellent services and food! Even Roubouchon in landmark is very good too! I m sure this place won't stay long if they still not improve their service quality and staffs!!
Date of Visit: Feb 24, 2012
Frenchie in HK
Pretty good French pastries Jan 30, 2012
Alright. I'm a French person living in HK, and I have to admit: I really miss the French pastries I used to have in France. Really, this is something I can very rarely find here in HK. Many shops sell similar things that do look good, but they are either not sweet enough or not made the right way.
On saturday night, I literally dreamt that I was at a French bakery with my friends on saturday night, eating my delicious favorite pastries and drinking awesome coffee. So, what did I do on Sunday afternoon
My dear boyfriend and I went to Le Gouter Bernardaud, that I found on google (top 5 French patisseries in HK, by the AsiaTatler magazine, not too bad ).
When you arrive, the little "Salon" style bakery looks very nice and all the desserts look really attractive and tasty. Line up is not too long, and everyone is having this big tea set (too big for too people but nice).
I just tried the pastries of course!
So, I chose my favourite French desserts: Strawberry tart, lemon tart and Chocolate tart (3 classic desserts).
- The best one was the lemon tart, really delicious and tasty: Sweetness was perfect, tart was crunchy the way it should be (many so called "French bakeries" here do not get this right), and it was quite light. Really nice, like a gourmet tart in France so I strongly recommend this one.
- The chocolate tart would be ranked second in my little selection: The crunchiness was very good, taste was nice and you could feel the strong chocolate taste.
- The strawberry tart is third in my opinion: The tart was still crunchy and tasty, strawberries were nice, the "jelly" on the strawberries was good as well (there is always a little jelly on the strawberries to add some sweet flavouring), but the cream under the fruits was not made the right way. I guess I sound picky, because the overall tasted really nice and was good. The cream was strawberry flavoured. Normally it should be plain cream with vanilla flavour only, which adds a different taste.
But, once again: the overall taste was really good.
I didn't try the macarons, so I cannot comment about that.
But if you guys are looking for good French pastries, this is the place to try
Oh, I almost forgot: The have great espresso (don't worry, it's always small) and very good hot chocolate with real strong chocolate (Valhona, or Italian good chocolate).
Enjoy a taste of France!
Recommended Dish(es): Lemon tart,Chocolate tart,Hot chocolate
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Jan 29, 2012
Value for Money4
summer peach---additional champagne jelly! Aug 11, 2011
tried sift's peach verrine,
i was mad to try ALL the peach items in restaurants~!
i was first attracted by their large size,
which the peninsula boutique has once produced a very similar WHITE CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY OPERA.
but this was different,
cuz it used a wine jelly which gave a VERY CUTE feeling to the mouth,
it went here and there between your tongue,XD
less sweet as the white chocolate layer by the peninsula boutique was quite over sweet.
but peach here didn't give power nor flavor to the cake,
different from the strong sour great taste given by the raspberry in the peninsula boutique.
but keep the top funny jelly,
and more to say was that the sponge was WELL DONE as they were really moist enough,
and the biscuit base was not simply butter and graham cookie crust,
but adding extra sugar powder and white chocolate to beat in,
Recommended Dish(es): tipsy peach cake
Table Wait Time: 20 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Aug 11, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD30(Night Snack)
Value for Money5
Good for a lil Stop from Shopping in Central Apr 19, 2011
I dropped by Le Gouter Bernardaud after shopping around Central
it is not the first time i went there, the last time i went there was long long time ago but anyways,
So we dropped by, (me and my brother) and we ordered 6 macaroons costing us $90.00 HKD in total
it was alright, the price, i mean its a bit pricey but macaroons are worth the money
* I personally loveee macaroons so yea
we ordered 6 different flavours: Sesame, Rose, Vanilla, Toffee, Cheese, and Patashio (green one)
They are all quite nice, not the best, ofcourse!
Laduree Macaroons are the best!
The cheese flavour was quite unique, it is worth trying
Recommended Dish(es): Macaroon
Takeaway Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Apr 19, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD60(Tea)
Value for Money4
One sweeeet day Jul 27, 2010
got a surprise cake box..been awhile back then...lol
and juz found back the photo~
raspberry cake and a green tea cake i think?
love the raspberry one sooo pretty
Value for Money3
goodlooking but not really tasty Sep 14, 2009
a friend of mine in taiwan is really a dessert person n everytime when she comes to hong kong she goes to ifc just for those little tiny macarons. so i thiought LGB must have something special.
today i n nata went to ifc for a movie, inglorious bastard. still got some time before the movie we just walked around, n i saw LGB.
have to say, nobody could resist the temptation from those evil desserts.they were so beautiful, n seemed tasty. i planned to buy two pieces but gave up at the end n bought a gift box with 8 inside.
when i had the first bite i came back to the real world= = hmmmmm......really sweet. i even couldnt taste what the flavor was. i started thinking am i eating a suger ball..... when i had the 2nd one i kept telling myself a real goutmet would not judge a restaurant by a single one dish, so try it! well unfortunately...sugar ball again. i gave up. my stamach couldnt digest too much at a time=P
my friend finished the rest six n she said rose n caramel were better. however, i think i wont recommend LGB to other ppl------only if buying them for watching =P
Recommended Dish(es): caramel/rose macaron
Date of Visit: Sep 10, 2009
Spending per head: Approximately HKD110(Tea)
Value for Money2
Comparison Feb 11, 2009
Finally got to try the LGB Macarons vs the Jean Paul Hevin Macarons on the same day, as a direct comparison. Even bought the same flavours, such as chocolates, passionfruit, etc, etc. Can't remember exactly which flavours.
I could not believe the big difference in taste, texture and size between the 2, despite the same price of $15HKD per Macaron.
1) LGB size is bigger than Jean Paul Hevin.
2) LGB is much sweeter, unfortunately, could not taste the underlying flavours much.
3) Texture wise, LGB is slightly more softer, but Jean Paul Hevin's one seems slightly more lighter but crispier at the same time.
I must say even in isolation, I wouldn't have liked LGB's macarons much, but unfortunately the Jean Paul Hevin versions were just ridiculously good (best I've tried in my life).... the LGBs paled in comparison to the point that my fellow reviewer/taster said she didn't want to eat the LGB's sugar over-loaded version.
Also tried their coffee at LGB - unfortunately the coffee espresso shot was poured way too quickly and over in around 7-8 seconds, when it should be pouring out over 25-30 secs like syrup. Also had slight sediments and little visible crema. They need to use more cleaner group handles, adjust the coffee grind size as well as apply the right pressure.
Value for Money1
My jewel box Feb 09, 2009
I think I have specialized a region in my stomach for sweet dessert. I have a strict sweet indicator for chocolate, while neglecting it for the macarons.
I always fall into the consumer trap when passing by the LGB counter and choose my sweet and colorful delicacies with a super indulging smile.
Must-have favor: Rose, Earl Grey, Framboise, Olive, Citron.
Rose: the fragrance is light, so when it matches with the sweetness of the macaron becomes a perfection.
Earl Grey: same as the above, just that earl grey is more down-to-earth.
Framboise and citron: the sourness of the fruits dilute the strong sweets, so that is why they are very acceptable.
Olive: it is a surprise when it comes together. The whole thing is lighter than expected.
Less favorite: chocolate-related
Chocolate is already sweet, when it combines with the strong sweet macaron ... that is too sweet.
Besides the favor, the staff will wrap your jewel box with ribbon ... how can a female consumer resist with this delicacy? And how come all the luxury-related feeling are usually wrapped in turquoise?
Spending per head: Approximately HKD120
Value for Money3