With a name that translates from French as “refinement”, you can’t go wrong with executive chef  Nicolas Boutin’s modern take on French classics, with seasonal ingredients flown in from France. Discretely tucked away in one corner of Hong Kong’s Harbour City retail and lifestyle hub, Épure boasts a chic French decor, with the hexagonal motif of France recurring regularly. The space lends itself well to a business dinner thanks to its booth layout and partitioned tables. Before the meal, the sommelier pours me a flute of champagne and proceeds to show me the wine list, which features a number of rare vintages.

The menu boasts a host of French favourites, with contemporary touches. Take, for instance, the much-loved seared duck foie gras, served with shaved and marinated pear. My server recommended the white button mushroom soup, with baby spinach gnocchi, which is flavoured to perfection. There are a few quintessentially Parisian mains like the vol au vent, whose crusty buttery puff pastry has just the right amount of crunch and flavour.

While the mains are exquisite, the piece de resistance comes in the form of a Grand Marnier soufflé, served with mandarin sorbet, which is an absolute indulgence. In keeping with the tradition of a French restaurant, Épure also boasts a massive collection of imported French artisanal cheese, sourced from small, traditional, family-run farms.  No surprise, then, that Nicolas Boutin earned Épure a Michelin star in 2017.

A perfect option for French fine dining in Kowloon.

Épure, 403, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui