Figaro Know Thy Rum


Hong Kong is a city that doesn’t like to do things by halves and the result is we can come across a little showy, a little arrogant, a little cliché. Look at the wine scene for example; you’ve got guys peddling very average drops at sky-rocket prices, and sommeliers and chefs making up the pairings as they go along, so long as the bottom line keeps the investors happy.

Whatever happened to simply enjoying a nice glass of vino, and embracing the flavours and textures it reveals when matched with great cuisine? Of course you won’t find such simplicity on the main boulevards, you might have to delve a little deeper, but it’s worth it.

Figaro just might be what you’re looking for. Dubbed a ‘French wine workshop and kitchen’, this unassuming little gastro-wine bar situated on Shin Hing Street between Hollywood and Gough is all about embracing the perfect marriage between wining and dining. Pint-sized and a little rowdier than Amber or Chez Patrick, Figaro has a neighborhood vibe across its ground floor bar and first floor dining room, which makes it even easier to enjoy drops from its 2,200 bottle strong wine cellar. Prices are brought down to earth – few bottles range beyond HK$1,500 – with ten wines available by the glass (look out for monthly specials). Match your wine with a menu by chef Jonathan Irwin, who sharpened his knives at the likes of Restaurant Alain Milliat, Restaurant Akrame, and Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire.

Signature dishes include cucumber consommé; Iberic pluma; sweet and sour lamb two ways; and homemade foie gras with yuan heng. If you’re just popping in for a drink try the traditional French cheese or charcuterie platter, or the selection of bruschetta with pesto, aubergine and tapenade, and if you’re keen to learn more, they also host wine tasting workshops.

Tap into your passion, not your pocket.


2 Shin Hing Street, Central, Tel: 2757 1777<


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