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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.