Le Garçon Saigon, the newest addition to Black Sheep Restaurants’ diverse portfolio of restaurants and bars, is now open.
Celebrating the vibrant and fresh flavours of southern Vietnamese cuisine, the restaurant boasts a prime position in the charming Star Street precinct and is housed in a bright and welcoming space that evokes the sophistication of a chic Parisian brasserie. The vibrant establishment makes for a smart dining destination or casual local hangout for the Wan Chai neighbourhood.
The menu focuses on the Saigonese culture of grilling – an underrepresented culinary genre that Chef Bao La is keen to bring to the forefront of gastronomic conversation. “The menu at Le Garçon Saigon brings the southern Vietnamese dishes I grew up making to the table. These are the flavours of my childhood,” says the charismatic chef.
The menu is arranged as per a typical grillhouse and divided into appetisers, entrees and sides. However, all dishes are intended for sharing and guests are recommended to order a selection from each section. The menu is complemented by an impressive beverage programme featuring a diverse selection of French wines and cocktails.
To start, Les Petits offers up items such as Cha gio a la maman (HK$78), a favourite childhood dish of Chef La’s that simultaneously pays homage to the source of his culinary talent — his mother, a venerable chef in her own right with a restaurant career spanning decades.
Les Grillades are the focus of the meal with skewers and larger plates such as Riverina Black Angus rib eye steak(HK$378) and Whole red snapper (HK$208), showcasing superior proteins and served with fresh rice paper and flavourful Saigonese condiments comprised of soft herbs, pickled Vietnamese daikon and dipping sauces. Bright and fragrant sides from the Woks section include Snake beans, puffed tofu, tomato chilli jam (HK$88), a perfect complement to the show stopping grilled plates that represent modern authenticity at its finest.
Detail is key at Le Garçon Saigon. The lofty space features richly painted astral turquoise walls that contrast with bare concrete surfaces showcasing the artistic remnants of fictional former tenants. Luxe banquettes and intricate wicker seating reflect the romanticism of mid-century Parisian dining, whilst a captivating wall mural gives the space a whimsical touch. Vintage Indochine accents and elaborately-tiled floors add the finishing touches to an enchanting space in which leisurely fans are serenaded by an enthralling soundtrack of mid-century gypsy jazz, French pop and rock that blends into upbeat house as the night progresses.
Le Garçon Saigon opens onto a bustling street making for a social space that reinforces the French brasserie culture of casual drinking with friends, family and colleagues.
Open for dinner only to start, Black Sheep Restaurants’ tenth venture takes Saigonese cuisine to a new level with a forward-thinking menu and innovative design that will redefine Vietnamese cuisine in Hong Kong.