May 11, 2018
A sister bar/restaurant of Pastis, Saint Germain offers a similar kind of French experience to the group’s Wyndham Street location, only in the sleepier, largely residential neighbourhood of Happy Valley. In an effort to retain as much French charm as possible, the front of the bar is open to the sidewalk, with patrons perched on high stools overlooking the passersby. It is spacious, with high tables with bar stools dominating the front of the establishment, and comfier banquette-style seating occupying the dim, cosier rear. Happy Valley is home to a number of bars and restaurants, but owing to its roots in the city’s sporting traditions – it is home to the one of Hong Kong’s two racecourses, its most famous sports club and a variety of public sports pitches — few have the charm of Saint Germain. Given its location it is positioned very much as a neighbourhood bar as opposed to a destination in and of itself, but Wednesdays – race nights – can see a giddy influx of punters and a bit more of a convivial atmosphere.The menu – both drinks and food – is simple, definitely French and fairly good value. It’s a great place to sample a charcuterie or cheese platter with a glass of wine, but don’t expect any hugely memorable drink choices as the wine list is a little pedestrian and the cocktails fairly standard, but the food is tasty and it is a good venue to while away an afternoon, or to spend your winnings from the horses.