Metropolitain by French-focused Pastis Group is veteran of the Sai Ying Pun dining scene. I vaguely remember spending my birthday there in 2014 (my first in Hong Kong), if you get me, but it’s been awhile since then. On our recent visit, we grabbed a window seat looking out onto High Street, a fantastic spot for people watching.
I’ve not had snails since the days of doing the infamous Channel booze cruise from Dover to Calais (if you know, you know). An acquired taste, the escargots de Bourgogne au beurre d’ail ($128 for 6) have an earthiness similar to mushrooms. I’m not sure why the French love snails, just like I’m not sure why the Brits love black pudding. They’re cooked in garlic butter, so that helps.
The burrata & tomates ($148) showcases burrata, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic reduction. This ball oozes a creamy filling with an intense, milky flavour. I’m a big fan of burrata and love breaking open the ball and seeing the delicious interior. You can’t go wrong with this plate.
The carpaccio de boeuf ($148) is French for beef carpaccio with croutons, capers and pesto. The thinly sliced raw beef is delightfully balanced by the capers, which pack a tangy punch. Topped with crunchy croutons, this is a winner.
It’s hard to go wrong with profiteroles ($98), choux pastries filled with vanilla ice cream that are drenched in an indulgent chocolate sauce. I would return just for this dessert! Once finished, I checked over my shoulder to make sure no one was looking, then licked the bowl clean.
French bistro Metropolitain is a nice spot to grab lunch with friends. The prices are reasonable and standard for this type of eatery. Should you go for dinner, book an inside table as the window seats might feel confined (I mention this in case you’re a unit like myself).
46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, 6271 6102
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