A Parisian bistro with flourishes from the south of France provides a welcome respite from busy Wyndham Street.
Text by Debbie Soo, photos by Happy Yuen
The moment you enter Pastis, what strikes you is the laidback and unpretentious interior. Rustic wooden tables, cosy leather booths and the sounds of French song birds crooning from the speakers envelop you with a warm and comfortable feeling. But Pastis is not just about ambience– the food is as unassuming and inviting as the décor.
Co-owners Jerome Spitzer and Olivier Caisson (the duo behind the jazzy lounge Le Boudoir next door) wanted to create a place that served no-nonsense French food and reminded them of home.
“Hong Kong was lacking a bit of simple French cuisine. It’s full of nice upscale restaurants but it was missing out on something that was more like what mummy used to cook for us in the kitchen”.
The menu at Pastis was actually created with the help of their “mummies”, both of whom were flown in to make some of their sons’ favourite home-cooked meals. It seems, yet again, that a mother’s touch was all that was needed.
The success of Pastis in creating a home away from home for many of their French regulars is obvious, as they all seem more than ready to attest to the authenticity of the cuisine. For weekend dinners, be sure to book a day in advance, and their lovely manager Severine will try to find you a place in this delicious French bistro.
|Dinner for Two|
|1.||Rillettes de Canard||$79|
|3.||Steak Tartare au Couteau||$180|
|5.||Tarte aux PommesFaçon Tatin||$50|
|*Price subject to change without notice|