French Deli. 26 Peel St., Central, 2561-3336. We named Cochin one of the best new restaurants of 2016 so far, and for good reason—the casual bistro-style French deli serves up unpretentious comfort food alongside a tempting selection of delicate tinned goods, cheeses and charcuterie.
HIT We dug first into a cold cuts selection ($245 large), which came with four types of cured meats, and small pots of cornichons, pickled mushrooms and carrot. The portion was not large, but the quality of the charcuterie was impeccable. Another small but substantial starter was the foie gras crème brulee, with a toasty golden brown ceiling that cracked obligingly to reveal the smooth, rich liver underneath. The lamb neck
MISS The rabbit sliders ($115) were packed full of flavor, but the portion was so tiny we could barely divide it into four pieces. Service was spotty once the restaurant began to fill up, and we had issues getting our server’s attention several times.
BOTTOM LINE Cochin has upped the standard for bistro fare in Hong Kong—and we can only hope other restaurants take note and follow suit.
Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$