Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dining with chocolate

Before trying this 8 course meal, I thought Jean-Paul Hévin just did high teas and chocolates.
Each course had an element of chocolate in it.

The Eight course “Chocolate Tasting Journey” costs HK$380 and the 5-course “Initiation Menu” is priced at HK$250 served 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily which makes it an extra option for lunch in Central.

Here were the eight courses that I had:
Cream of Peas and Mint, Cream Foam, and Cocoa Powder:

When this is served, they sprinkle the cocao powder in front of you.
It was a cooling pea and mint soup to start, perfect on a hot day.
The taste of delicate peas and mint went nicely with the chocolate smoothed out by the cream.
Beneath the glass, there are flowers to garnish which I took a picture for fun.

Pan-seared Scallop with Ivory Chocolate Butter:

This was a lovely scallop on top of sweet white chocolate butter.
The sugary sweetness of the chocolate went surprisingly well with the seared scallop.
Pan-fried Foie Gras with 75% Chocolate and Cocoa Bean:

I loved the contrast of the soft silky foie gras against the crispy crunch of the cocoa beans which gave it a lovely bitter nutty balance to it.
Warm Green Asparagus, Hazelnut Oil Vinaigrette with Grated Domingo Chocolate:

They grate chocolate onto the asparagus which melts into fine tiny droplets.
The asparagus had a lovely nutty taste which was magnified by the hazelnut oil with hints of sweetness from the chocolate.
Roasted Cod Filet with Black Olive Crust, Saffron and extra-bitter Dark Chocolate Sauce:

The cod was beautifully done, it was flakey and moist flavoured by the crisp black olive crust which gave it a lovely aromatic saltiness balanced by the sweet tender spinach leaves.
Chicken Fillet with Ceps and Chocolate Praline:

This was the last savoury dish with a tender Chicken Fillet, crunchy Chocolate Praline and silky mash.
The silky mash and chicken were just divine.
Petits Fours:

Finished off with Petits Fours.
On the plate was a raspberry macaron and two square tablets.

Jean Paul Hévin’s signature Le Parisien Hot Chocolate.

This was definitely a sweet ending with JPH delights especially the hot chocolate that was rich with a strong cocoa taste.
As well as the eight course, they also have lighter set lunches priced from HK$148 – HK$188 per person which includes a soup and salad starter, a main course of pasta, meat or seafood, finished with Jean-Paul Hévin’s Gâteau du Voyage Chocolate Cake Slice.
Le Parisien Hot Chocolate, coffee, or tea will be paired with the lunch set.
Jean-Paul Hévin Boutique et Bar à Chocolat
13 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Tel: 2851 0633

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