Le Comptoir : The Big Three in Repulse Bay
If you ever spend the day at Repulse Bay, be sure to drop by The Pulse, the trendy shopping mall conveniently located along the beach, for some good food and drinks. Le Comptoir has opened three brand new restaurants in The Pulse and I was fortunate enough to visit all three of them.
TRi, an upscale Balinese restaurant, is one of the first restaurants in Hong Kong that features the Balinese cuisine. The moment we set foot inside restaurant, it suddenly felt as though we were teleported to Bali. From its seafront location to the use of bamboos for its design and furniture, TRi takes you from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and brings you to the island paradise. The overall ambiance and feel of the restaurant practically demands you sit back, relax and have a great time with your companions.
While we weren’t able to try their food, my friends and I were able to grab some drinks at their bar. Named after various places in Bali, the drinks we ordered were simply delightful. The Bai Tai, my personal favorite, is a combination of Jamaican dark rum, lime juice, orange curacao and basil orgeat syrup. The Sayan Punch, a mixture of rum, lime and passion fruit juice, grenadine and soda water, was also a great drink. With a mixture of rum, chocolate bitters and griottine syrup, the TRi Fashioned had a unique taste that we enjoyed. Lastly, the Uluwatu Runner, which had arak, brandy, bergamote juice and cinnamon grenadine, had wonderful flavor. Each had their own twists and uniqueness to it, but they all were just as refreshing.
From the lush nature of Bali to the crystal blue waters, our next stop was The Ocean – a premier seafood restaurant that opened late last month. The restaurant wasn’t open yet when we visited but we were lucky enough to be given a quick tour of the place. And what we saw definitely didn’t disappoint.
Sticking mostly to a blue and white motif, everything about the place accentuated the underwater theme of the restaurant. The jellyfish tank in the middle of the room was mesmerizing to look at. The walls were decorated with wavy patterns. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide a spectacular view of the ocean. The lights resembled fishing baits and fish bowls which I found to be very stunning. The textured plates that looked like fish scales were also a nice touch.
Like TRi, we also weren’t able to try their food. We did, however, have the pleasure of meeting their staff and seeing their kitchen. And if I base the food on that experience, you will have nothing to worry about. The chef and staff were very accommodating toward us. The kitchen was extremely nice and spotless. It also had a really nice view.
After our pleasant trip under the sea, we headed off to shore at Hotshot. Serving what they call “New American” cuisine, Hotshot perfectly presents itself as the newest hangout place for all the young adults. Evoking a beach shack vibe, the restaurant is designed to make all its customers feel cool, artsy and hip, from surfer boards hanging on the walls and skateboards hanging on the ceiling to the giant Bart Simpson figurine and a classic Airstream trailer.
The food, although a bit pricey, was scrumptious. Their lobsters were superb. If you’re a lobster fan, be sure to drop by every Wednesday night for their lobster promo which also comes with free fries and appetizers. The duck was also really delicious. Both were cooked and seasoned perfectly. The portions were just enough to make your tummy satisfied, but still have enough room for dessert – which we had. Their keylime pie and chocolate fudge cake were moist, sweet and filling. It was a nice way to end a delectable meal, as well as our wonderful tour of Le Comptoir’s newest restaurants. I’m betting all three of them will be a hit among tourists and locals alike.