Tartine's might be one of the great heroes of the earth. A bold claim, but one we're willing to stick to.
An open faced French sandwich, often lavished in true French style with a rich spread or topping, this fancy lunch item is so great because it is not quite as heavy as ploughing through an entire baguette or pizza in the middle of the day, but still feels satisfying enough to get one through an afternoon without having salad regret (we're not sure if that is a thing but it should probably be a thing. Salads, get it together).
More than just a hipster cafe in San Francisco (which also doubles as the weird obsession of Apple's demos), tartines have made a name for themselves (insofar as bread is able to make anything for itself) in Hong Kong and have become far more than just a slice of bread adorned with victuals.
Three places to eat tartines in Hong Kong
The obvious player is Tartine, a restaurant which is so into tartine they named the restaurant after the sandwiches and have made that the primary offering of the restaurant. Sure there is duck foie gras and tuna carpaccio on the dinner menu, but when tomato and burrata comes smothered in a sweet caramelised balsamic vinegar, you tell us you aren't going to forgo that hyper-fattened liver.
Grassroots Pantry lends a sustainable and organic offering to the mix, exclusively available at the Tong Chong Markets which run until the end of the year. Every Sunday, this crunchy, savoury and spicy sandwich, brought alive by a homemade sriracha, is what we are caught holding as we wander the streets of Taikoo.
**If you would like to sample tartine glory from Grassroots not on a Sunday and not in Taikoo, they fortunately have a superb goats cheese, pear, arugula, honey and walnut number that is available at the Hollywood Rd restaurant.