One-Thirtyone The 411 on One-ThirtyOne

[10/09/09] 

French restaurants in Hong Kong are a dime a dozen. They’ll boast of their authentic signature dishes, and try to be all things French. Requiring a lot of imagination on your part, you’ll convince yourself that you’ve been transported to France, and you’re dining at the next “Chez Moi”. With this off-the-beaten-track establishment, however, little imagination is needed.

One-ThirtyOne is the closest you’ll get to actually dining in France, without having to leave the city. Located in a three-storey village house in Sai Kung, this restaurant has been made to look like a French country-style inn, with French windows overlooking the mountains and bay of Three Fathoms Cove. It’s the perfect setting for a tranquil sunny afternoon lunch or a romantic dinner for two, along the remote countryside (i.e. it would be difficult for your date to run away). On offer are two prix fixe menus that change on a daily basis. The six-course dinner (HK$900) is available six nights a week and serves about 12 persons a night, while the four-course lunch (HK$500) is only available on weekends. Admittedly, it’s out of the way and pricey, but the excellent food and stunning view will make it worth your while.

Now, can you picture yourself in one of Monet’s en plein air paintings?

One-ThirtyOne
www.one-thirtyone.com
131 Tseng Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung, Tel: 2791-2684
Open Tue-Sun 7pm-11:30pm; Sat, Sun & PH 12pm-2pm.
Reservations required. (Weekday lunches can be arranged for six persons or above.)
Lunch: $$$ - HK$500-$799; Dinner: $$$$ - over HK$800
To get there: Take a taxi from the Wu Kai Sha MTR station or from Sai Kung town centre.

The Nuts & Bolts: Dining at One-ThirtyOne is the closest you’ll get to actually dining in France, as you’ll be treated to top notch French fare in a French country-style inn, with a stunning countryside view.

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