La Parole has always been one of my favourite restaurants, not because they have the best food (although the food isn’t bad by any means) but because dining there is literally life changing. La Parole is French for “the speech”, it is one of the few social enterprise restaurants in Hong Kong serving high-class French cuisine. All revenue from the restaurant go to Benji’s Centre, where they offer professional speech therapy to children and teens from low-income families. Thus when dining at La Parole, not only are you enjoying a good meal, you are also making a difference in some family’s life.
For today’s visit I came to enjoy a lunch meal at La Parole in Sheung Wan. I arrived early on a Monday so the restaurant was not too full.
When I sat down I was quickly given a basket of bread. The bread at La Parole is pretty good with two types – a regular baguette and the hugely popular longan walnut bread. Bread arrived nice and hot and you can refill as many times as you like.
Ironically, for a restaurant called “the speech”, naming dishes has never been their forte. The ambiguous “Summer Fitness Salad” was basically a Cesar salad with chicken, apple and boiled egg. The salad tasted decent albeit nothing mind-blowing. I was a bit disappointed at the presentation though, salad arrived as a mess with browned apples and chicken that looked like it had been chewed up, took me a while to rearrange it to be semi-presentable for a photo.
This was an extra side order that I added to my three course lunch for an extra $60. Foie gras was well seared and the apple was nice and sweet to cut the fattiness. Overall a really nice dish and for only $60, definitely worth ordering.
This was originally meant to be lamb chops but I was informed that they switched to shoulder today. My lamb was way overcooked and quite tough, definitely the most disappointing dish. The leeks were amazing but not enough to outweigh the disappointing lamb.
This was definitely my favourite. Soft chocolate sponge with an amazing Salted caramel chocolate sauce. Chocolate is one of the things that La Parole does really well, as the owner of La Parole also runs Leonidas Hong Kong, selling lovely Belgian chocolates (also non-profit).
I was tempted to order their signature hot chocolate but I was also curious about their coffee. During my previous visit the coffee was pretty terrible, but I heard that they hired a new barista and viola – instant redemption. Coffee quality was way better than before and definitely worth ordering again.
Overall, I felt the food was acceptable, but not amazing. I was told that the executive chef Eric was on holiday, but for a high-class restaurant the staff should be well-trained enough to keep up food quality standards even when the chef is not here. I will definitely visit again though for their lovely chocolate and to support their meaningful cause.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-23:00, Sunday Closed
Tel: 2436 4099