Family friendly meets fine dining…
District: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $588 for the Sunday Lunch menu and $288 for the Children’s Sunday Lunch menu
The Best For: Family-friendly Fine Dining – for truly special occasions!
Must Order: Club Crab & Mango
The InterContinental has always been one of my favourite hotels in the city. Home to some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants, my family and I were extremely excited to try the newly opened, Rech by the esteemed Alain Ducasse. Rech has a long-standing history, initially founded in 1925 by Adrien Rech, this French gem was taken over by Alain Ducasse in 2007 and opened its doors for the first time outside of Paris earlier this year.
The bright space and modern décor of the restaurant displays the postcard-perfect Hong Kong harbour and my two boys were so fascinated they ran straight to the bay windows to watch the boats sail by. They stayed there for a whole five minutes (yes I counted) whilst we settled in. The kids were made to feel immediately comfortable by the attentive staff who handed them an extremely child-friendly menu and some crayons. I was left to judge who could colour Mr. Fish better whilst I studied the vast offering of sustainable sourced ‘Fruits de Mer’ and sipped on my perfectly paired Sauvignon Blanc (#sundaygoals).
The 4-course set Sunday lunch menu is a dream for seafood lovers, with fresh fish flown in every other day from different parts of France. You can truly taste the quality of the produce! The children’s menu was well thought out, keeping the kids in mind by offering classics with a creative twist to boost the appeal.
We started with some crisp Seaweed bread crackers and goldfish shaped lemon butter, setting our palate for the oceanic flavours to come. Our first course was ‘Club Crab & Mango’, an extremely simple but innovative twist to a traditional club sandwich. A generous helping of crabmeat and mango was served on bread crackers and romaine lettuce. The result was a burst of crispy citric flavours.
The boys ordered ‘Fish & Chips’ as an appetiser, which came perfectly battered, soft and crumbly in texture. Needless to say they ate very well! They chose the ‘Alphabet Pasta with Tomato sauce’ as their mains and finding the letter P for Peppa took long enough to allow me to savour every bite of my perfectly cooked main course, Cod Aioli. Lightly seasoned and accompanied with seasonal baby vegetables, the Cod had an extremely tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. I was glad to see the aioli served separately, allowing me to customise how much I wanted to add to my dish.
The absolute highlight of our experience was when the Rech team invited my children to decorate their own dessert (Junior Master Chefs in training!). They were led to the kitchen, put on their chef’s hats and created their own ‘chocolate mousse mouse’. The experience of being inside a kitchen of a hotel was amazing! Note to all parents – my kids refused to take off their chef’s hats all day, so be prepared for a spark in interest to become a pastry chef!
To break up our meal (and allow our taste buds to prep for dessert!), we tried Rech’s famous Camembert, aged 30-40 days, and served with romaine and fresh bread crackers. With the creamy, moderately mature flavour, we could tell why Rech is famous for it. Though we were ready to waddle out, who doesn’t have room for dessert? We ordered Rech’s signature, ‘Mrs. Rech’, an airy meringue sandwich with frozen cottage cheese in the centre drizzled with pureed raspberry sauce. Don’t let the frozen cottage cheese fool you; this was heavenly! It tasted like ice cream on a crispy meringue without being too sweet or heavy. We also tasted the Paris Parisiennes that came out beautifully displayed on a platter, we chose the éclairs, which were the ideal combination of fluffy and creamy.
Rech was such an incredible experience for the whole family. Although the price point is on the high side, the breathtaking view, delicious food and world-class team make it worth every dollar spent. Rech is a perfect family friendly, fine dining restaurant for any special occasion. I will definitely be back to celebrate one of our birthdays or our anniversary (yes, this is a hint to my husband!)…
Stay tuned for our Reader Survey on Friday, 1 September. We’re teaming up with the InterContinental to give one lucky reader a package like no other – including lunch for a family of four at Rech, afternoon tea for two and a treat-yourself massage…