La Bouteille La Bouteille sets plates and hearts aflame

[09/10/09] 

Hong Kong’s private kitchens are often located in the most incongruous of settings, providing a unique gastronomic getaway, from Creole corners in Sheung Wan to spicy Sichaun in Wan Chai. For a date, private kitchens spell imagination, intimacy and a sense of discovery, and one new Central nosh-nook has the romance, and the cuisine, down to a tee.

La Bouteille, hidden in the rafters of a Queen’s Road commercial building, is the Peppy le Pew of the city’s private kitchen fraternity, a much talked about (if not tiny) eatery, offering traditional French fare for the price of a bottle of wine down in Soho. As part of the six-course dinner set, the kitchen’s pièce de résistance is the tuna and avocado mousse, a natural aphrodisiac, making La Bouteille amour-enabled, if you can get your date to climb the stairs. Other dishes include the signature duck leg confit and seasonal seafood delights, with rhubarb and strawberry yoghurt to cleanse your palette before dessert. And the BYO policy, with no corkage charge, comes with your bank manager’s blessing to boot. There’s a balcony for a breath of fresh air (or a quick ciggy), populated by the street’s only ‘real’ fruit trees, and if the culinary carnival and eclectic locale don’t manage to woo your femme du jour, a parting rose to each female diner will certainly help your cause.

After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

La Bouteille
10/F, Pinocine Building, 80-82 Queen’s Road Central, Tel: 2869-1499
Open Mon-Sat, noon-2:30pm, 6:30pm-11pm; closed on Sundays (reserved for private parties of more than 10 persons).
Set lunch (HK$110 per person) and set dinner (HK$380 per person) menu both change weekly.

The Nuts & Bolts: For some traditional French fare, dine at La Bouteille, a private kitchen that has more than just a ‘bottle’ to offer.

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