Restaurant Review: Seasons by Olivier E.
The first time we went to Seasons by Olivier E was 2016, we were hugely impressed by the food, attentive service and the extensive wine list with wine that were less commonly seen in Hong Kong, such as sauvignon blanc from Tourine region. In such fond memory, we booked to revisit the restaurant last week.
Overview - Ambience/ Service
Inspired by the transition of seasons, restaurant interior was designed in a modern contemporary setting that fused with natural elements, I particularly love the use of organic timber and marble which combine masculinity and femininity. Our table was next to the restaurant open kitchen, it was a pleasure that we got to watch the chef showcasing his magic.
Service was attentive without being overly uptight, we were even greeted by Chef Olivier! Water and bread were served soon after we sat down, staff acknowledged my dietary preferences and made sure I was well taken care of throughout dinner.
Food & Drink
Neither of us was interested in the tasting menu of the night, so we ordered our own starter and shared rotisserie. I ordered a seared toro tuna/ foie gras and husband ordered a French pizza. My husband did not seem to enjoy the French pizza much, said it was too greasy and lacking substance, i.e. flavours and toppings.
Conversely, my toro/ foie gras was beautifully presented, tuna and foie gras made a delicious combination but overall the dish was not spectacular.
Main course yellow chicken was outstanding, it took 45 minutes to prepare but the wait was worthwhile, it also came with two side dishes - potato mash and mixed vegetables, we opted for two sides of veggie.
Chicken meat was moist, tender and very well seasoned, it was probably good for three people to share if you order a more substantial starter; side dish on the other hand was disappointingly ordinary.
Maybe it is the Michelin star or it had been a long time, the price of drinks seems to have gone up a fair bit. The wine list on the website is out-of-date as the current selection pushes high-end old world wine, the price by glass has also gone up about 10-20%. As a French wine lover, I was happy to see Mersault and Chateauneuf-du-Pape on offer, but I was not too keen on the price they charge.
Dinner for two that contains one aperitif, one a bottle of wine, two starters and a shared main course cost roughly $2,000. While it is not hugely expensive for the Michelin star and restaurant setting, the quality of starters and snacks can improve.
Seasons by Olivier E - Shop 308, 3/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, H.K. | firstname.lastname@example.org | +852-2505-6228