The French Window is a long term haunt. We used to come here reasonably regularly, especially for Sunday brunch, before their internal mini-makeover and revamp of the menu to make it more of a bistro than a fine dining experience.
Since then we have been twice to brunch, foregoing breakfast and arriving reasonably soon after midday before utensils used in self-service of seafoods and salads risk cross-contamination (boring I know, but worth thinking about if it dodges the consequences). On each occasion the head chef has come out to speak to us personally and to give us his recommendations.
He ensured that the amuse bouche of foie gras and salmon terrine were safe for us to eat. There was however no g-f bread (unlike in the restaurant’s previous incarnation) which made it slightly tricky to eat. I used salad leaves as a kind of base to scoop up the terrine, but we nevertheless appreciate the care taken.
We learned from the chef that his sublime traditional French soup with lots of seafood flotsum and jetsum for instance is thickened with rice, so is entirely safe for those of us avoiding gluten.
Aside from that, I played it safe with lobster, salmon and (on our first visit, a small portion of a good roasted seabass).
The desserts photographed were ones that the chef picked out for me as being g-f. As I wasn’t entirely sure that the kitchen understood that chocolate could be g-f (I hadn’t thought to ask the chef) I simply had the creme caramel which had lots of caramel and was very moreish.
One of the highlights here is the decor, think massive lanterns, mirrors, double height ceilings and enormous plate glass windows overlooking Kowloon side. Add to this, the assiduous care of the chef, together with the restaurant’s airy glamorous ambiance, and it rates fairly highly as a good place for Sunday brunch.
The French Window, 3101 Podium Level 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Hong Kong – Tel: 2393 3812