Jazz & Blues
May 11, 2018
As Hong Kong’s Francophone community continues to expand, it stands to reason that the city’s bars also begin to take on a uniquely French twist. FAB, which stands, somewhat unexpectedly, for French American Bistro, occupies a prime spot on Hollywood Road, and takes full advantage of its enviable location.
With a wide-open frontage mimicking its Parisian counterparts, FAB is welcoming, informal and lively. It’s a great weekday joint for a quick bite and a beer – French, American or otherwise – and some simple, comfort-food-style fare. It’s a great place to start the evening, and the cocktail list a mix of classics and some more left-field suggestions, such as the purple mojito (rum, fresh mint, blackberries, violette syrup, lime and soda) and the lemongrass and thyme ‘tini (lemongrass-infused gin, fresh thyme, limoncello).
As the name suggests, it attempts an audacious reimagining the robust flavors of American classics from a French perspective. Throw in a few favorites from home and you have a novel concept. It might not always work but as far as fusion goes – it sometimes misses the mark on both fronts — it is at least original.
As far as mixing cultures goes, the merging of French cool with American brashness seems like one of the less likely combinations. But, here in this corner of Hollywood Road at least, it appears to work. And we are happier for it.