The One With Seasons By Olivier Elzer – Immaculate French Cuisine

I had always liked to dine in front of an open kitchen. The upclose experience watching your meal being cooked by a crew of kitchen staffs so well trained, it’s like watching the food version of an amazing classical concert. Every one has a part to play, perfectly in rhythm, with verses and tunes seamless weaving in between each other, conducted by a conductor aka the head chef.

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

The Restaurant

The head chef in question tonight was one Olivier Elzer, a kitchen extraordinaire with a credential so sparkling, it’s hard not to get your hopes up dining at his very own restaurant. The three-Michelin-star chef’s latest foray in Lee Garden, Causeway Bay packs much promises for those who love French food, or simply good food.

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

The Ambiance

Seasons by Olivier Elzer opens into a vast dining space divided into summer, autumn, spring and winter. Each space has its own character, and I had the pleasure to be seated at the marble bar table, looking into an open kitchen – the stage for the night. Everywhere around me was pleasant chatter and the occasional burst of laughter. I was surprised to see most patrons for the night were local Hong Kongers. Not that it mattered, but usually at places like this I usually see more gweilos, so this change of scenery caught me a little off guard. In a nice way.

The Food

My food of choice for the night was the very reasonably price dinner set menu. A 4-course dinner was only HK$588 (before service charge) – a steal considering the caliber of the restaurant and its location.

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

Marinated chicken breast with avocado salad and parmesan – The mozzarella which came this somewhat heavy salad was a delightfully warm, milky and yielding. It was ridiculously delicious.

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

Seared obsiblue prawn and risotto veneer – It was my first time having veneer, a relatively new grain of black rice. The risotto tasted a bit like Indian curry – a hint of spiciness that wasn’t totally out of place with the succulent (if slightly over salty) prawns.

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

Cauliflower soup, soubressade croquette and yellow yolk – The ingredients were displayed to you first before the soup was poured in. Spooning up a complete mix of pharma ham, egg yolk and thick soup can be tricky. The saltiness of the ham was somewhat balanced by the refreshing cauliflower soup.

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

Seabass cooked with hazelnut butter, lava beans and thyme foam – Four fillets of fish laid on top of a bed of my favorite beans, generously covered with thyme foam. I am not too sure about the foam but everything taste better with butter, no?

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

Duck foie gras with spƤtzle pasta – My favorite for the night. The pasta was handmade in the kitchen and was cooked to a brownish, slightly crispy finish with generous dollops of butter (I have seen them). The ham-like chunks of duck went swimmingly well with the foie gras sauce. It was a combination that was hard to resist. I was almost tempted to order for second.

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

Cheese platter – I am no cheese aficionado, but when I was told to eat the cheese platter in a certain way, I will. Rightly so, too – the cheese (from left to right) went from the slightly mild and bitterish heavy. It puts my homemade cheese platter to shame; I will never look at one the same way again.

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

Chocolate cream, crispy tuile and sea salt caramel – Beautiful plating. The contrasting texture and taste of the cream and the caramel spell a refreshing end to a two-hour meal.

Seasons by Olivier Elzer

The restaurant offers an a la carte menu with prices ranging from $150 to $500. There’s also a 3-course set lunch menu for $288, a 4-course set for $368 and a 5-course set for $448.

Verdict? A gem of a find. Add that to the top of my list of great spots for special occasion.

Seasons By Olivier Elzer
Shop 308, Phase 2, Lee Garden
2-38 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2505-6228
www.seasonsbyolivier.com

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