Table Talk: Quayside Review
Quayside - French bistro located at Fenwick Pier, Wan Chai.
Alfresco Dining at Quayside Harbour Front Restaurant and Bar
Quayside Harbour Front Restaurant and Bar, located at the historic Fenwick Pier in Wan Chai, is a modern French bistro, which offers diners a large, welcoming, and relaxed space both inside and out. Perfect for a working lunch, evening drinks, or catch up with friends, the space has high ceilings, polished floors and huge windows that allow light to flood in.
The outdoor space is huge, with the option to relax in a comfy sofa or eat on the deck. The size of the space is unusual for Hong Kong and it’s an ideal spot to sip on one of the house cocktails while admiring the view across the harbour.
Created by French brothers Christophe and Herve Bouvresse and Chef Bruno Gautier from Brittany, the menu features simple, paired down French food that focuses on flavour and quality of ingredients.
To start with, we sampled the duck tartufo, which was smooth, full of truffle flavour and finished well with a coffee truffle ice-cream. It was a particularly rich dish, so would work well followed by a lighter main course.
Following on from that, we had the St Maure’s goats cheese, which arrived grilled and served on slices of toasted baguette with a salad of mixed leaves and sundried tomatoes. The goats cheese was one of the smoothest I’ve ever tasted, with a beautiful flavour and it was only the thought of the food following that stopped me devouring all three pieces!
Moving on to the main courses, the first dish to arrive was the Fettucine Nido. This truffle-fragrant dish, with beautifully cooked pasta was well seasoned and featured a generous, but not overpowering serving of truffle.
Next up, came the roast spring chicken, which was tasty and moist, although the potatoes were a little undercooked. Served with a spinach and herb jus that had a robust flavour, but the greyish colour was a little offputting.
The final main course was a rather un-French selection of fish and chips. Although the batter was a little oily, the fish was light and delicate and the skinny fries were excellent.
Even after all of the above, there was still a little space for some dessert and what could be more French than profiteroles. In a twist from the French classic, these were served with vanilla ice-cream, and were a delightful finish to our meal.
Quayside offers something for everyone. It’s a light, well designed space that works for a cosy lunch, evening drinks and dinner and also events. The wine list is varied in terms of price and offering with a bottle starting at $350 and there’s a walk in wine cellar open to diners to peruse and make their selection.
The lunch menu changes weekly and with prices from $118 to $178 including a starter, and an extra $25 for dessert, it represents excellent value for money. The selection is extensive and varied and so it . The a la carte menu is available at lunch and dinner with starters ranging from $98 to $268 (for charcuterie) and mains range from $198 right up to $756 for a Châteaubriand to share. There is also a kids menu, and free wifi.
Quayside is a very welcome new addition to Hong Kong’s bistro and alfresco dining scene.
G/F Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai, T: 2661-6708
Open Monday – Saturday 12-11:00pm
Happy Hour from Monday – Friday – 4:00pm – 7:00pm