Sai Ying Pun is always full of surprises – there are a ton of hidden restaurants so we've decided to check out a few! This time, we were invited to try one of the French restaurants, namely Metropolitain, after it redesigned their menu. Read to check out how their French home-cooked style dishes fared!
Located in the rising area of Sai Ying Pun that's so much more reachable with the new MTR extension, this lovely little spot won't be as difficult to reach as you might think it'd be. The huge bar, the long sofa, the opened kitchen and the spacious terrace make it a really comfortable place for both daytime and evening dining, and after a small hike up the hill, we were ready to get the party started.
We had some appetizers to start with – L’Assiette de la Mer ($258HKD), composed of Salmon Tartare, Celeriac Remoulade wth King Crab, Seared Tuna with Sesame Seed and Salmon Gravlax. We love how refreshing it is and the Salmon Tartare is a must-try!
One of the new dishes they have added to the menu is the Émincé de Boeuf Poêlé ($180HKD), which is roasted Beef Skirt with Horseradish Sauce and served with Salad and Crêpes in English. This tasty meat is deliciously presented as minced pieces to be wrapped in Salad leaves or Crêpes, which makes it a little healthier! This is perfect dish (with a tiny bit of Asian touch) if you want something small to share before the main course.
We then tried three of their main courses, and they were the Le Filet de Flétan à “La Plancha” ($188HKD), the Filet Mignon de Porc, Petits Pois à la Française ($178HKD), and the Carré D’Agneau ($198HKD).
The Pan Fried Halibut with Spinach, and Mussels and Clams in White Wine “Marinière” Sauce was by far our favourite dish – the fish is soaked with the sweetness and flavour of the sauce and the taste is not too heavy – just about right for you to finish the whole dish and not feel overwhelmed with the white wine sauce.
Pork is something we rarely order at a restaurant – we either go with steak or lamb just because we know tough it is to perfect something like pork. So maybe it’s us, or maybe it’s the meat. Whatever it was – we weren't particularly impressed with this dish's texture or taste. It was not bad in any case, but it didn't leave much of an impression on us, so we decided to save some room for the more exciting dishes instead.
The lamb rack on the other hand was extraordinary! The flavours were unbelievable, the meat was tender and juicy without being chewy, and the presentation was superb (as you could probably tell!) Alongside with the sauce and a little bit of mustard, this one is definitely unbeatable!
Psst, even if you are super full after the starter and the mains, make sure you try their lemon tart, which for someone who doesn't ever really like lemon tart, we absolutely LOVED! It was zingy and fresh without being too sweet, and was the perfect end to a satisfying and homey meal.
To sum up, Metropolitain’s location may not be the most convenient, but we are in love with the area and it's definitely worth the hike. If you're looking for a quiet place to chill with friends and have a glass of wine or two with some comfort food to boot, we would recommend ditching Soho and heading up to this neat little spot instead!
G/F, 46 High street, Sai Ying Pun
(852) 6271 6102
Written by Kelsy Li