Rating: ★★★★★

Address: Shop 2, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central 中環中環雲咸街60號中央廣場地下2室

Telephone: 2623 7868

https://www.facebook.com/Bungalow.HK

Do you remember the times when Privé used to be located on 60 Wyndham Street? It is homecoming for Privé Group as they have just taken back this memorable location, and have turned it into a new French restaurant slash nightclub!

Bungalow, a restaurant that serves up modern, comforting French cuisine which turns into a night club late at night, is the latest addition to the Privé Group empire. The interior of the restaurant is stylish and elegant without being uptight – large chandeliers, a semi-circle bar counter and black-and-white marble flooring complete the chic, renaissance-esque decor.

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The kitchen is helmed by chef Steve Chou, whom many seem to find rather handsome and comes from two renowned New York Michelin-starred restaurants, Public and The Modern. The menu is compact but is filled with French classics as well as the restaurant’s own inventions.

The baguette in our bread basket comes from the artisanal bakery, Po’s Atelier.

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(1) I start the evening at this inviting restaurant with glass of cocktail which has delicious hints of mandarin flavour and just the right level of alcoholic kick. You can surely trust Privé Group outlets with their cocktails!

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(2) We start off with the hamachi ($188). This lightly seasoned dish is tastes clean and fabulous, and I adore the addition of jalapeño which adds an excellent punch!

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(3) The beef tartare ($188) also completely wins me over. Made with dry aged Mayura wagyu, the beef tastes irresistible, and the watercress adds an attractive freshness to the dish. Coarse grains of salt are scattered on the beef which gives the dish a more rustic taste.

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(4) The oyster en Persillade ($58 per pc) is deeply soothing, with a flavourful Fine de Claire oyster covered in an alluring parsley panade.

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(5) The horseradish velouté ($138) is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. A refreshing stew of fresh horseradish, potato confit and Jambon de Paris, this velouté is packed with flavour and boasts a range of different textures. My only complaint is that it is a tad too salty.

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(6) Moving onto the mains, the roasted Hokkaido scallops ($268) are very tempting indeed, but what I enjoy even more are the roasted corn on the side, which are naturally sweet and incredibly moreish!

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(7) The highlight of the night comes in the form of a Creekstone Farms Ribeye for Two ($798). The steak is tender and absolutely flavourful, and definitely feeds more than two person!

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The accompaniments are as impressive as the steak itself – the Yorkshire pudding is well executed, the mustard bone marrow is delicious crispy on the surface and umami-rich and the lightly grilled Romaine lettuce tastes fantastic.

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The steak comes with an excellently light and buttery mashed potato too!

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(8) The strawberry crumble ($88) is an appetising dessert of strawberries, crème fraîche and crumble. Very tasty but I can do with a bit more crème fraîche in the serve!

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(9) The pear and almond tart ($88) is a bit on the sweet side but has a great pastry!

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(10) The freshly baked chocolate fondant ($88) is gorgeously rich and chocolatey, and the hazelnuts and coffee ice cream are the best complements.

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(11) Lastly, my favourite dessert – the buttermilk panna cotta ($88)! The passion fruit coulis and lemon foam perfectly balances out the creaminess of the panna cotta, and the result is wonderful! (Check out the passion fruit soufflé I had at The Ledbury in London, which is also fantastic!)

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I am very pleased with the creative, mouthwatering French offerings at this sleek new restaurant; their prices are very reasonable too, given the generous portions. The service is swift and helpful when I come here on a Monday night, but as Privé Group outlets sometimes suffer from slow or inattentive service, I do hope that they will ensure that customer service remains a priority for them. After all, they already have everything else – the location, the decor and the cuisine – going for them!