NEW AND NOTED
Oh Figaro, Figaro
After opening with an extensive selection of wines earlier this year, French wine bar Figaro (2 Shin Hing St., Central, 2757-1777) has finally got its kitchen license fixed and it’s out of the gate with a bang. Helmed by chef Jonathan Irwin, previously
Chef de Cuisine at Wan Chai’s Restaurant Akrame, Figaro’s dishes appear rustic and simple yet feature innovative twists and interesting flavor combinations that have us hooked. The best part is that most dishes clock in at under $150, so you can share several plates over a bottle or two of wine. Start off with a classic French cheese and charcuterie platter: ours featured a decent selection of cold meats and rillettes, plus comté and camembert cheeses. The langoustine tartare ($115) is beautifully presented with a clear cucumber consommé poured over at the table to refresh your palate. In the pollock and asparagus ($140), the fresh fish is brought to life with salty pops of salmon and herring roe, edamame and a creamy oyster and gin emulsion. Save room for the whimsical desserts, from a deconstructed tarte tatin ($85) which features a cheeky smear of black garlic, to the elegant poached white peach ($85) with a light lemongrass sorbet that we wish we could take home by the tub.