La Petite Maison’s mission to bring a little touch of the Mediterranean to Hong Kong begins with the white painted doors & windows of its entrance on Stanley Street and continues with the fresh, chic interiors. The walls are lined with comfortable banquette seating in pastel shades, the tables have elegant white linen cloths and a quirky art collection brightens up the walls.
The food at La Petite Maison is French Mediterranean and Niçoise cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients and simple and light presentations.
We went for lunch and opted for the ‘Dejeuner D’Affaires’ set lunch at $448 per person. This includes two starters and one main course each, all served in a family sharing style. While we perused the menu we created our own salad with some beautiful ripe tomatoes, lemon, salt, pepper and olive oil which are left on the table for diners to DIY.
We began with a tapenade of Niçoise olives, fried baby squid, runner beans and artichoke salad and green lentil salad. The salads were excellent, served with light, subtly flavoured dressings and the runner beans in particular were remarkably fresh and tender. Meanwhile, the delicate chunks of baby squid wrapped in well seasoned crunchy batter were also excellent.
La Petite Maison has an extensive wine list and some fantastic cocktails available. I opted the non-alcoholic Vitamin Sea made with pink grapefruit, salted agave infused with rosemary and hibiscus, then topped with soda water. This refreshing drink was not overly sweet like many mocktails, and the rosemary and hibiscus give a pleasantly sophisticated flavour. If you prefer a little more kick then the Provençal Tonique, with fresh garden fruits gin, basil and dash of bitters, might be more your thing.
It took a while to choose our mains, this is an extensive set menu with a choice of 8 mains (and the a la carte choices are seemingly endless!). In the end we opted for the grilled Chilean bass and the sagabuta pork with chimichurri. The perfectly cooked bass was an example of the emphasis on high-quality ingredients at La Petite Maison, and it was topped with tasty fresh salsa. Meanwhile, the pork was extremely tender and the slightly spicy chimichurri was the perfect complement to the meat. We cannot ignore the lovely french fries and delicious side dish of sauteed broccolini, attention to detail was apparent in every dish.
For dessert, we chose the vanilla crème brûlée to share. This simple looking dish was perfectly flavoured with lots of fresh vanilla and topped with an utterly crunchy caramelized topping. This light and simple dessert was the perfect way to finish our enjoyable long lunch at La Petite Maison.
The food at La Petite Maison is excellent. Top quality ingredients are allowed to shine with simple but delicious cooking. The set lunch is not a speedy affair, but that didn’t bother us as the ambience is so enjoyable. Highly recommended for a business lunch or a romantic dîner à deux.
La Petite Maison, H Queen’s, 23-29 Stanley Street
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