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4.7 /6 Excellent 37 Reviews

Maison ES

Wan Chai French $$$ +100
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About Maison ES

Maison Es is the latest passion-project from Esther Sham, the woman behind North Point’s successful Ta Pantry. Esther’s new boutique restaurant, easily overlooked down the little dead-end Electric Street, off Wan Chai’s Star Street. Maison Es is the kind of quaint French bistro that Hong Kong’s romantically-minded set will die for, all pastel-shades, chanson, and of course delectable dishes. And in terms of cuisine, while Maison Es is avowedly French-orientated, you can still find Sham’s delicate, personal touch at work here in a few subtle fusion delicacies.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 11:30 - 18:00
Maison ES, No. 1A Star Street, Wanchai (entrance on Electric Street) 1, Wan Chai Hong Kong

Further Information

Esther Sham’s latest foray into Hong Kong’s boutique dining scene is the tastefully understated but surprisingly spacious Maison Es, a French restaurant with a decidedly bistro vibe that can be found, if you know where to look, down Electric Street, a cul-de-sac off Star Street in Wan Chai. From the outside, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Maison Es for a florist, with its pastel frontage and tin buckets of roses and oriental lilies. Inside is a blissful affair, an atmospheric space that can accommodate up to 68 guests. And it’s worth mentioning that, because Maison Es’ forte is to host private kitchen-style dining events, as well as workshops and demonstrations in a cosy, separate room that doubles as a kitchen space.

Taking a step towards a true restaurant (whereas Esther’s previous space, Ta Pantry, was exclusively private dining), Wan Chai’s Maison Es offers an a la carte and set lunch menu, bursting, quietly, with signature dishes that are wonderful demonstrations of Esther’s ardent Francophilia. Lobster carpaccio immersed in chilled tomato water and escargot and champignon a la bourguignon two such French delicacies, but then there’s Esther’s penchant for considered fusion cuisine – this is Hong Kong after all. Take the crispy foie gras and fig wontons drizzled with sweet balsamic, for instance, or the yuzu duck breast topped with daikon salad, for two East Asian-French connections. Match all this with over 140 wines, most of them French and many of rare vintage, and you can be certain that this rather special Electric Street restaurant is going to need your bookings well in advance.

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37 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 37 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: delicious
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
04.07.2017 02:34

Very pleasant and quiet environment. The Melvita tea set not only look good, most important it taste great! The price of the tea set was reasonable, honestly speaking it worth every single dollar!

2 reviews so far 6
02.04.2017 07:49

Me and my friends had a great time! Lovely restaurant with attentive staffs and good food! Prices are good, I would Highly recommended this restaurant to anyone!

2 reviews so far 6
29.03.2017 13:12

Wonderful night, good food, good service, go with my wife enjoy the tasting menu, food presentation and taste also charming me, service very touching and have home feel. will visit again

1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 08:27

Beautiful food, service and atmosphere. Oysters were absolutely amazing! This restaurant is a real gem hidden in a small Wanchai street. We'll definitely be back.

1 review so far 5
17.02.2017 10:22

Very nice environment and good food but the portion is a bit too small, even for fine-dining. Great that there are yummy warm bread for free but they are upon request only. Good measure not to waste food. The express lunch menu is also pretty good deal, though the main course choices aren't that great (e.g. fish n chips!). I needed to ask the waitress for it though, seems not a very honest way to do business. Good choices for the regular lunch menu.

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 12:26

Service was excellent. Great food and friendly staff. Very creative Chinese-French fusion. it was a dinner for 3 and we picked a chicken for sharing and it was very delicately cooked and filling. Appetizers were one of the best in town

1 review so far 3
14.03.2017 08:30

I'll say it's btw a 3-4. The atmosphere was great, the appearance of the food are very creative and well presented. However waiter there hand-selling a huge steak $1600 non-stop and we asked him what are the signature dish he said nothing much which I personally think that's not professional at all. The taste of food, not bad at all but also not to a point where I would go back to have a 2nd time.

13 reviews so far 5
30.07.2016 18:18

Very nice decor. Food quality met expectation but service was just so-so. The order taker wasn't too able to provide suggestions when I asked if they have any awakening/refreshing tea. I wish the staff wore more smile on his face and and looked more bubbly.

1 review so far 6
18.07.2016 09:07

I love this restaurant so much because of their nice food and excellent service. Personally think that their main courses do a bit better than their desserts. Anyway, their desserts still have high standard of quality.

1 review so far 4
08.03.2016 09:12

Food was delicious and beautifully presented. However, there was an unpleasant smell that greeted guests upon entering the restaurant which greatly detracted from the thoughtful setting. Service was also a little on the slow side, and the maitre d', although well meaning, needed to ask the chef what the fish of the day was.

2 reviews so far 6
05.10.2016 17:43

Amazing decor and excellent food :) They really paid attention to the details from the food arrangement to the plates and cups that they serve! We really enjoyed it! Will definitely visit again!

1 review so far 5
09.08.2015 11:22

Great classic French food and environment. Prices are high but reflected in the quality of ingredients making it worth the damage. Wine list could be more interesting with less known wines and more mature options, majority are 2011-2013 vintages.

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 08:22

Food was absolutely sensational. Definitely going back! Had a beautiful seared tuna entree followed by a NZ rib eye done to perfection. Could not fault any of the food we had.

5 reviews so far 6
15.09.2016 09:23

It is a very nice restaurant, the decor is beautiful! The food were delicious and we could feel they were cooked with heart. The presentation of the food were surprisingly delicate.

1 review so far 5
28.07.2015 20:56

Great decor and the menu has everything you would want on it. The food was just as good as we hoped and it's definitely worth trying the signature dishes. This is a quality restaurant.

3 reviews so far 5
29.04.2017 23:22

This restaurant greets all with a pastel interior. Extensive and unique menu that fits all. This resaurant is cute and stylish! Be sure to try to mushroom Cappucino. Until next time.

1 review so far 6
09.08.2015 17:15

Comfort environment with nice good quality food, with enough choice, price is reasonable. A good place to spend an afternoon in with lover and friends.

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 07:30

We arrived earlier than our reservations, but the staff was super nice and let us sit and gave us the time t o chat, relax while sipping on champagne.

2 reviews so far 5
10.04.2016 14:51

Decor is nice and service is goid. Food is okay but not really surprise. Suitable to gal. Cozy, lot of flower , cute. May try tea set next time

1 review so far 4
13.10.2016 16:25

The service of the staff was quite nice. However, one down point was, we waited over 45 mins for the food to come...It would have been better if we were informed about the waiting time beforehand.

1 review so far 5
15.08.2016 15:36

Delightful and fine afternoon tea,we enjoy so much! Especially the service of the restaurant ,helpful and friendly.We will visit again for the lunch or dinner later on .

1 review so far 5
29.10.2016 11:53

Good food and service, nice decor, will certainly go back there with my friends for birthdays and any other types of fun celebrations. Not too expensive too

4 reviews so far 5
26.02.2017 00:42

Creative afternoon tea set using different tea leaves in each dish of the set. Grand restaurant with cozy and relaxing environment. Enjoyed great time with friends. Recommended.

7 reviews so far 5
25.06.2017 09:13

Very lovely restaurant, staff are nice and foods are fresh and delicious. I went there for bunch on Saturday, this price is $300 per head, very good.

1 review so far 5
10.04.2017 08:04

This restaurant outlook is so good and intenal decoration is also good. The attitute of all (included the services of the waitress) is very polite and kindness.

1 review so far 3
15.03.2017 08:55

Environment is excellent! But the afternoon tea set is just so-so, I can't say it tastes bad but ...... I am quite sure I will not visit again after considering the food quality. Service can be improved also, waitress's reactions are slow.

1 review so far 4
20.07.2016 08:00

Nice staff to assist arranging birthday surprise for my friend :) Food taste overall was good and I especially recommend the organic egg with black truffle

1 review so far 4
03.06.2016 08:55

Ambient setting, high quality food and good choice of options in the set menu. The freshest oysters, perfect lunch venue at a very good value price.

1 review so far 4
25.04.2017 11:05

Food tastes good but portion too small even for ladies which makes it pricey around $300 for a 3 course lunch. Service alright not particularly impressive.

1 review so far 2
22.06.2016 11:39

Over priced for very average food. In particular, the main course of pork shoulder arrived cold (and it was supposed to be a hot dish as the staff confirmed). Try it once if you want, but we will not go back again for more.

2 reviews so far 6
13.05.2016 13:38

Enjoyed a leisure and yummy Christmas Eve~ tranquil but yet joyful atmosphere

2 reviews so far 6
13.05.2016 13:35

Excellent environment, no gd good! Love the cold press juice very much!

1 review so far 1
29.05.2015 08:06

They "try" so hard to be Frenchy....but they have a LONG WAY to go! With the prices they are charging, service doesn't match up. Nor does the food. I had the duck breast. Unfortunatley, the daikon salad that it came with was better than the duck itself. The servers are very "green" to say it in the most polite way. It was a total disappointment to say the least.

1 review so far 5
16.07.2015 08:31

Nice food and girly environment ! Services are good too !

1 review so far 1
14.08.2015 23:32

Food that i could hv cooked better; cold plates; amateur service; high charges that are obviously all going towards the rent and superficial refurbishment. Baaaddd. How can you charge more for pudding than a starter? Btw, best to remove teabags before bringing the tea to the table..8-(

1 review so far 4
23.07.2015 09:55

Very nice decor! A secret garden in the concrete jungle!