Hong Kong’s best… Bouillabaisse
Originating in the ports of Marseille, Bouillabaisse is a true French classic. Traditionally bringing together fresh fish, Provençal herbs and veg in a light broth, this hearty fish stew is the ultimate winter warmer. Alice Jenkins goes fishing for Hong Kong’s best catch…
Bouchon Bistro Français
Nestled among the many eateries in Soho, you’ll find this hidden gem of a restaurant serving undoubtedly one of the yummiest bouillabaisses in town. Filled to the brim with fishy goodness, this hearty stew is guaranteed to warm you through from head to toe. And with the cosy, authentically French ambiance, you’ll soon be transported to the streets of Paris. $228. 49 Elgin St, Central, 2525 9300; diningconcepts.com.
For a slightly more refined and delicate version of this dish, make sure to check out what’s on offer at this stylish French brasserie. Beautifully fresh seabass, sea bream and cod come together here in a subtle yet tasty broth. Tucking into this wonderfully light dish in the bright and contemporary surroundings makes for a very pleasant way to pass any lunch or dinnertime. $138. 3101, 3/F, IFC mall, 8 Finance St, Central, 2393 3812; miradining.com.
La Grande Bouffe
This lively little Hollywood Road hotspot serves up an authentic rendition of this Marseilles classic. The fantastic trio of cod, seabass and red mullet nestles together in a light saffron-infused fish and shellfish broth, making one yummy concoction. It’s a blackboard special at this diner, so make sure to call in advance to avoid any disappointment! $158. 66 Hollywood Rd, Central, 2324 1408; fb.com/66hollywoodroad.
Le Bistro Du Vin
This cosy bistro offers up traditional French comfort food in a warm and welcoming setting. And the delicious bouillabaisse, served in a heavy Le Creuset dish, is a perfect representation of this. Choc-a-block with sea goodies including king prawns, mussels and much more, this stew is guaranteed to get your taste buds swimming. Shop 1D, 1 Davis St, Kennedy Town, 2824 3010; fb.com/bistroduvin.hk.
For the ultimate indulgence make sure to check out the bouillabaisse for two at this new Kennedy Town hotspot. With generous amounts of charred lobster, blue mussels, squid, scallops, fish and, of course, some veggies for good measure, this is a fish and shellfish stew like no other. So grab a friend, order some vino and get ready for a seafood extravaganza! $680 for two. 1B Davis St, Kennedy Town, 2398 1838; fb.com/thepiersidehk.
The focus here is on high quality and seasonal ingredients and the iconic stew is no exception, with the fish being selected daily, guaranteeing only the freshest of the fresh. As with most dishes at Neighborhood, this is not by any means traditional – the fish is served perched upon a bed of potatoes and rustic bread, all floating in a delicious broth. $155. B/F, 61-63 Hollywood Rd, Central, 2617 0891; fb.com/neighborhoodhk.