Eiffel Bistro, a new restaurant in Taikoo Shing, doesn’t do much to pay homage to Gustave Eiffel’s iconic Parisian tower beyond listing the measurements of it on the side of the menu. But it makes up for it with the food.
The no-frills bistro was opened by French Creations, which has several other French-themed restaurants all over Hong Kong Island.
For a starter, we shared the oddly named warm goat cheese bricks with mixed leaves and cherry tomatoes (HK$128). It was a large portion of mixed greens, sliced cherry tomatoes with a pesto dressing and plenty of both fresh and deep-fried goat cheese. It’s hard to imagine one person finishing this on their own, but it was good to share.
Beef tartare (HK$108 for small, HK$198 for large) was an enjoyable combination of finely cubed fresh beef with onions and cornichons, although we would have liked more pepper and mustard. The accompanying French fries were addictive.
For main course, the signature sole meuniere (HK$208) was excellent and beautifully pan-fried. The meat easily came off the bone and was seasoned with chopped parsley and citrus butter. The accompanying bowl of jasmine rice seemed out of place.
The fish contrasted with our bowl of mini ravioli in a pasty orange-coloured tomato sauce (HK$158), which was neither attractive nor flavourful. We took a few bites, but the cream in the sauce made it too rich, and we couldn’t finish it.
We finished the meal with the delicious pistachio Paris-Brest (HK$78), a pretty wheel-shaped pastry with custard and icing sugar. We couldn’t really taste the pistachio flavour in the custard, which wasn’t too sweet. The plate was decorated with crushed nuts and large drops of thick chocolate sauce.
Service was pretty efficient thanks to the waiting staff using tablets to take our orders.
Eiffel Bistro Shop G514, Tai Yue Avenue, Hing On Maison, Taikoo Shing, tel: 2446 1598