Upon entering FRITES's new location in Causeway Bay, one will notice that the restaurant is setup like a modern bistro, with two projector screens, a busy open kitchen and a stylish Belgian beer bar that covers a large selection of beverages with over 70 varieties and four genuine Belgian beers on tap. My favourite would have to be the Strawberry Hoegaarden, rose pink in colour.
At the opening party, while we are enjoying unlimited wine and beer, some of the house signatures and bite-size foods are served as canapes. They include the lollipop-like salad nicoise with tuna tataki, a creamy salmon tartare with prawn crackers, the piping hot battered fish & chips, mini burgers and fried camembert balls. Everything tastes equally delicious and fresh from the kitchen, which then introduces us to the food menu.
Seared tuna, artichoke, runner beans, cherry tomato, potato & boiled quail egg
Onion & Goat Cheese Tartlet
Caramelised red onion & sherry vinegar dressing
Fish & frites
Sole fillet in a crunchy batter, tartar sauce with frites
Ham & cheese
Grilled butter toast with sliced ham & mozzarella cheese
During restaurant hours, they offer a comprehensive list of traditional Belgian dishes that come in hearty sharing portions. An adorable starter is the classic steak tartare. The fresh minced trimmings are very creamy and perfectly seasoned with layers of onions, chives, and shallots in addition to a runny egg yolk. The dish goes to new levels with the addition of a few slices of toasted sourdough bread.
With all the trimmings & grilled sourdough
The signature pot of mussels has a laksa stock base made with coconut cream and lemongrass, forming a luscious dip for the toasted bread and fries that come alongside. Not to mention the tender and meaty mussels in their triangular shells which when combined with all the other elements complete this dish splendidly.
Laksa Mussel Pot
Coconut cream, lemongrass & kaffir lime in an aromatic curry sauce
Last but not least, we indulge in a roasted pork knuckle that comes with perfectly crispy skin and is served in a scrumptious sweet caramelised sauce. Despite the extremely large portion of 750g, it is neither too oily nor heavy because of the generous roasted veggies underneath that soak up all the flavours perfectly.
750 grams of roasted pork knuckle
Served with caramelised roasted vegetables
The meal ends with a terrific chocolate fondant. It's served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and biscuit crumbs. The fudgy cake has a hot molten center that has been perfectly crafted to give the consumer the most decadent chocolate pleasure experience possible.
All in all, FRITES is the perfect Belgian beer house for authentic Belgian fare in Hong Kong.
Hot chocolate fondant
With vanilla bean ice cream
FRITES Belgium on Tap
Address: Shop 1, G/F, Park Haven No. 38 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2142 5233
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:45-00:00
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