Rating: ★★★★★
Address: 12/F Ying Kwong Building, 2-6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay
Telephone: 2881 6662

Such is our desire for innovative cuisine that we sometimes neglect restaurants serving traditional dishes rooted in solid, honest cooking.

Le Marron, a quaint, cosy French private kitchen located in a commercial building opposite Sogo in Causeway Bay,  is a place where classic French dishes, made with fresh, pristine ingredients, can be found.

The interior of the restaurant is a flamboyant Asian take on a Parisian living room, with faux antique furniture, lace table cloths and curtains, and a wooden piano at the entrance. Luckily, such fanciness is not translated into its dishes, which are simple and accurate.

The restaurant’s space may be small, but sliding doors are there to separate the tables, so it almost feels like you have your own private dining room to enjoy the romantic French dinner. The BYOB policy enables you to bring your favourite bottles to the meal and keep the wine flowing all night.

(1) Many of us enjoyed the Pan Fried Foie Gras with Caramelized Apple Ring and Port Wine Jusor, which had all the elements of a perfectly executed dish – the foie gras was wonderfully smooth and packed with flavours, and the caramezlied apple ring was cooked to just the right texture.

(2) The Baked Burgundy Escargots with Garlic Parsley Butter was another accomplished production. Punchy and delicious, the garlic parsley butter showed off the kitchen’s understanding of flavours and matched perfectly with the tender, supple escargots.

(3) A lighter option was the Seared Herb Crusted Ahi Tuna Maguro and Pomelo Mango Salad. The tuna was raw on the inside and coated in a generous layer of seared herbs on the outside; this dish was a satisfying combination of crisp textures, beautiful colours and marvellously fresh flavours.

(4) The Lobster Bisque kept us happy from the first spoonful to the last, brimming with terrific flavours of lobster and cooked to a lovely, creamy consistency.

(5) The Wild Mushroom Soup was also exactly how it should be – full of flavours, with grains of mushroom to give more of a bite.

(6) A small dollop of refreshing lime granita was given as the palate cleanser for the main courses.

(7) The crispy-skinned Confit de Canard tasted terrific. Served on a bed of beans cooked to the perfect texture, the kitchen’s dedication and care shone through the faultless execution of this classic French dish.

(8) The Pan Seared Black Cod was wonderfully juicy and tender, and the Herb Beurre Blanc added extra creaminess to the dish; it was exquisite.

(9) We simply could not get enough of the Grilled Angus Boneless Short Rib Mille Feuille with Perigueux Sauce. The Angus boneless short rib was indulgently soft and had a beautiful fatty taste, and the sweet Perigueux sauce brought the deliciousness of the dish to a whole new level.

(10) Not only was Le Marron able to send out sophisticated meat dishes, vegetarian dishes such as the Angel Hair Pasta with Wild Mushrooms and Black Truffle Cream Sauce was equally impressive and memorable. Thin angel hair was coated in a wonderful cream sauce, with the deep, natural taste of black truffle completing the dish.

(11) Now on to my favourite topic – desserts! The Baked Apple and Cinnamon Crumble with Vanilla Sauce was an absolute star, comprised of alluringly buttery crumble layered over hot, soft baked apples.

(12) This Creme Brûlée was perhaps a tad too sweet, but it was smooth and mellow and was a fantastic way to end this divine meal!

Conclusion: Each dish was a plate of delight, and our 4-course menu was merely priced at $390 + 10% per head. A combination of free flowing alcohol, great classic French dishes and an intimate, romantic setting is the perfect recipe for a memorable night out – I was very tempted not to write a review on Le Marron in order to keep it a secret.