As someone living on the “Dark Side”, I love exploring the F&B offering on the Kowloon / TST side, and I often stumble across hidden gems that just don’t get the recognition they deserve purely due to location. Whenever I get the chance to review a restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui, the answer is always a resounding “yes” for two reasons: a chance to bring recognition to restaurants outside of the Central bubble, and a closer journey from my house (yes Kowloon’ers hate crossing the harbour just as much as Central-ites do!).
La Saison by Jacques Barnachon is a beautiful fine-dining restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Jacques Barnachon. The restaurant is accessed by an exclusive glass-door elevator in The Cameron building in TST, and it’s truly an elegant hideaway, with a luxurious sleek interior that’s perfect for a date night or a private business dinner. The restaurant also boasts a relaxing garden and outdoor terrace that’s ideal for sipping on pre-dinner summer cocktails.
We started off this elegant date-night meal with an amuse-bouche platter featuring a trio of savoury bites that were perfect for whetting our appetites. The puffs were light and airy, while the smoked salmon with roe was a fresh, enticing teaser for the main meal to come:
Of course, no French dining experience is complete without a warm bread basket and knob of butter, and this selection of home-baked bread did not disappoint. Our basket also came with a pate shooter that was creamy and rich.
We chose to order the set menu at La Saison, which offers one of two options for a starter, entree and dessert course. As a party of two, it was easy to just go with one of each! The first dish that came out was the Blue Lobster with Green Tea Jelly and Coriander – artfully presented on the plate and a innovative arrangement of flavours and textures. The lobster was definitely the star of the dish, and the green tea jelly was a unique way to complement the fresh sea flavours without detracting from the meaty lobster. I also appreciated the fresh bursts of fish roe around the plate that added an additional element to the flavour profile and the presentation.
The second starter option was a lovely Smoked Duck Foie Gras, which was also a feast for the eyes and the palate. The plump, perfectly seared slab of foie gras was a creamy delight, while the sweet beetroot, radish and carrot helped to cut through the fattiness.
I’m definitely more of a seafood lover, so I was more than pleased with the Steamed Sea Bream with Tomato Confit that came next, while my partner dug enthusiastically into the Iberico Pork entree. Again, the plate was almost too lovely to eat, with the bright tomato confit contrasting with the vivid green parsley puree and those edible flowers on top that always put a smile on my face. The sea bream was light and flaky, contrasting nicely with the tangy rabbit mustard sauce. While the sauces made for a colourful plating, I think the dish could have done with 1 less element, as the flavours started to clash a bit when everything became mixed together.
Of course, I couldn’t resist stealing some of m,kly companion’s Iberico Pork, which I could tell just the look of it was going to be melt-in-your-mouth tender. This dish was definitely a winner, and would satisfy any meat-lovers in your party with the fatty, indulgent strips soaked in a savoury jus sauce.
Our desserts started off with a Vanilla, Raspberry and Rose Mousse Dome with Lychee Sorbet. The dessert was absolutely stunning and although I’m not a big fan of floral desserts, the rose flavour was just subtle enough to heighten the sweet vanilla without being overpowering.
I was much more enthusiastic about the second dessert, my personal favourite- Molten Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream. The passionfruit gel and cookie crumble added a whimsical touch, but personally I was all about digging into the molten chocolate, untouched by passionfruit or raspberry. It was rich, luxurious, sweet and slightly bitter – everything that a lava cake should be in my book.
The set dinner is fairly reasonably priced, and for the emphasis on quality ingredients and presentation, I’ll definitely be heading back here next time I’m looking to impress or with special company. The menus are updated constantly to reflect the change in seasons, so book soon if you’re hankering over the duck foie gras or juicy iberico pork pictures above.
La Saison also offers a private VIP room which offers a stylish setting for private dinners and events, with views of the chefs at work. It’s an intimate space with exceptional food and service, and worth the journey across harbour if you’re looking for a brand new dining experience.
Opening Hours: Mon, 6:30-12am; Tue-Sun, 12-3pm and 6:30-12am.
La Saison, 2/F, The Cameron, 33 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2789 8000