The fusion of French culinary techniques with premium Japanese ingredients is the focus of Le Rêve, which was founded two years ago by five globetrotting friends whose dream it was to bring the best of France and Japan to Hong Kong.
The pretty, intimate interior of Le Rêve has recently been slightly tweaked, reflecting the dreamy concept the owners hope to achieve. On a recent visit, there were several playful touches that stood out: ostrich feathers adorning the tables, glowing dandelion table centrepieces, thick, leather-bound menus that resemble and read like storybooks, dainty little dreamcatcher key rings for diners to take away as momentos. There’s a lovely outdoor terrace with stunning nighttime views – where you have the opportunity to knock back champagne-infused shisha if that’s what you’re dreaming about. We also want to point out that the staff are particularly warm and charming.
Le Rêve offers four-, six- and eight-course Shades of Flavour menus ($590/$880/$1,150). The surprise factor is a defining element, with the six- and eight-course menus showcasing surprise dishes that change daily based on the whimsy and creativity of the chef. Wine pairings are also available.
As Gerry Fung, the general manager of Le Rêve, explained, “Each course aims to stimulate the diners’ senses, to make them think about what their dream is. Everyone has their own interpretation and experience of our dishes, which is what makes them dream-like – the element of the unknown. Sometimes you have normal dreams, sometimes your dreams are familiar and sometimes they come as a surprise. We hope that our ‘surprising’ dishes bring the same feelings to our guests.”
Though the surprise dishes will change, here are the highlights from a recent meal:
Surprise dish #1 – smoked baby squid with mango sorbet, melon jelly and fish roe: this was a unique and refreshing dish, with contrasting flavours and textures that worked well together
Surprise dish #2 – tuna cheek marinated in miso and soy served with cabbage pesto and reduced fish sauce: we’ve never had fish that was so meat-like, both in flavour and texture, as this tuna cheek. We were definitely (pleasantly) surprised with this one!
A4 Kagoshima tenderloin with beetroot meringue, pumpkin and au jus (+$198): it’s hard to go wrong with luscious, well-marbled Wagyu, and this beef was cooked to perfection.
White chocolate cheesecake with rum raisins, raspberries and dragon fruit: the cheesecake itself was delicious – creamy and rich without being overwhelmingly sweet – but it was the plump, intense rum raisins that won us over. In fact, these little guys were the single highlight of the whole meal for us.
10/F, ZING!, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, 2866 1010
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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