LPM Restaurant & Bar Reimagines Southern French Dishes with Eclectic Mediterranean Fare

French cuisine isn’t all croissants and snails—although the latter does make its debut at H Queen’s LPM Restaurant & Bar which serves a Mediterranean spin on neo-French dishes. Style and design is the name of the game at this London-based eatery, opening its first Asian branch here in Hong Kong in 2018. The walls at LPM Restaurant & Bar are adorned with slick, contemporary art pieces complemented with a pared-back colour palette of olive hue and neutrals. And the dishes? An exotic execution of bistro classics from the signature warm prawns in olive oil to the indulgent rib-eye steak (with frites, of course). We visited the sleek, chic neighbourhood favourite to taste the top dishes on the menu.

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H Queen’s location, amidst fine diners


H Queen’s houses some of Hong Kong’s most prolific fine dining venues, including Ichu, Ecriture and Arbor, amidst a collection of art galleries to match the high-end theme. Opening its Hong Kong outpost just over two years ago, London-born LPM Restaurant & Bar has made a stellar debut since day one with full bookings most nights.


There are two entrances into the restaurant—one through the H Queen’s building and the other on Stanley Street. Diners can choose to sit in the open-air outdoors or inside the intimate restaurant—we opted for the latter.

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Design


Embracing its elegant, art-centric theme, the restaurant is laid out with neat tables dressed traditionally sitting in the main dining room, while the long stretch of bar showcases an impressive selection of spirits. Meanwhile, the other end of the restaurant is stationed with an open kitchen to emanate a homey touch that bridges chef and diner, to the otherwise high-end feel of the space. Art enthusiasts can awe at the sophisticated selection of contemporary works which adorn the walls, many of which echo the eccentric style of 20th-century painters from the South of France and the Mediterranean region.

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Take a trip down the French Riviera


LPM Restaurant & Bar specialises in Nicoise dishes—the French city on the Mediterranean coast—yet pays tribute to numerous European techniques and ingredients well-embedded in the courses. Not to be confused for French fine dining which takes a more specific, prix fixe approach, the restaurant expertly merges hints of Mediterranean cuisine in its predominately French menu.


We began our meal with an LPM welcome—a fresh tomato and lemon presented directly to our table with a cutting knife—a little bit of farm-to-table, anyone? With this unique beginning, we paired it with the fresh bread to curate amateur bruschettas before the first starter—a touch of pre-meal entertainment if you may.

Without lingering too long, our first dish arrived from the HORS D’OEUVRES, the Burrata with Fresh Datterini Tomatoes and Basil. Creamy and fresh, the burrata was light yet well-paired with the acidity of the juicy tomatoes and a hint of basil.

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Carpaccio has been a more recent admiration of mine, one that I’ve only tried for the first time recently—but it’s proved to be a winning feat every moment so far. So when we were recommended to try the Yellowtail Carpaccio, I did not contest. The hamachi was succulent and tender without being overpowering or greasy. Although the presentation was slightly less alluring as its counterparts, the dish itself was one of my favourites from the menu.

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After whetting our appetite with another round of the very popular rustic bread selection, we saved our stomachs for the rest to come. We were told that the Tuna Carpaccio with Oscietra Caviar was a must for tartare aficionados—and right they were with the elegantly-presented dish, which offered much more than its pretty presentation. The tuna carpaccio was topped with quail egg yolk and crispy wafers for a satisfying crunch to every bite. If that doesn’t sound gourmet enough, on the side, a delicate spoonful of caviar awaits—to be devoured with the rest of the dish.

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If even the thought of snails makes you flinch, think again. Before I had visited LPM Restaurant & Bar, the mere concept of eating snails was a no-go from the first time I’d seen it on a menu and it was history ever since. However, on my trip to the French-heavy restaurant, I had already heard numerous raving reviews of the somewhat controversial dish which populates French menus as well as traditional Chinese dining menus—and LPM seemed to be a master at it, upon feedback. So, I took the leap and ordered the highly-recommended dish from our server, the Escargots (or if you want to face the truth: the snails). Drizzled generously with garlic butter, the snails were surprisingly delightful—in fact, they were incredible. I’d say that the ‘meat’ itself was a catalyst for the main component, the rich garlic butter. Combined, the two simple ingredients complemented one another to curate a non-intimidating dish which, in my books, has exceeded expectations for the better.

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Another signature dish and undeniable crowd-favourite, the Warm Prawns with Olive Oil are halved and laid flat on a bed of lemon and olive oil. The richness of the oil paired with the spri