Sheung Wan has become so gentrified these days, hence it is not difficult to find multiple up-market eateries and Upper Modern Bistro which is just off the busy Hollywood Road is the vision of Philippe Orrico serving a perfect marriage of familiar and comforting French bistro dishes, appetizer and more elaborate cuisine with an Asian twist. mylifestylenewes entered Upper Modern Bistro and spent a rather contended Saturday by his latest inspiring Set Brunch creation……
First things first, from the street frontage you can see that the vibe at Upper Modern Bistro is relaxed, informal and fun - from table-top dining to bar dining. You can enjoy a simple classic cocktail at the bar with dishes served from either modern tapas to the full restaurant menu. The cocktail bar and dining area are linked into one harmonious room by the creation of a dangling-petal inspired ceiling that increases the feeling of light and space.
The menu is one of the key reasons for wanting to try this bistro and it is ingredients led fresh, light and modern changing with the season. Orrico is perhaps best known for the inspiration he gathers from ingredients, creating imaginative dishes with care and passion. The set brunch on a weekend looks very interesting and inspiring especially the presentation as it is not your typical set-up, in that all dishes are set, Hence Set Brunch is called, all you have to do is just sit back and relax and enjoy what is brought to your table.
The presentation was rather eclectic with the use of different types and colours of ceramic dishes, creating a very adhoc/country bistro feel to how it was put together, which we liked despite not every vessel was practical. Taste wise, some dishes were more successful than others. The oysters were quite a decent size but rather briny and fishy, it’s a matter of taste as to how you like your oysters the way it should be.
The prawn and tomato salad was delicious too, with the aji aji dressing - a little spicy sauce contains of fresh ingredient and herbs elevates the entire dish.
The fish ceviche was pleasant and paired with avocado guacamole with the right touch to the palatte.
The octopus and potatoes was very outstanding, with the mustard dressing adding piquancy to the dish and the ingredients cooked to perfection.
The pork sausages were quite tasty, although it was hard to detect the miso in the mustard dip, but the distinct mustard flavour was rather a friendly accompaniment for the pork.
The braised milk fed veal cheek with mushroom macaroni and brown jus to follow was also another dish not to be missed, it was tender because of the braising, resulting in the meat literally falling apart at the touch of the knife, plus the brown sauce and mushrooms adding an overall richness to go with the flavoursome veal.
Upper Modern Bistro had some great selection of Cheeses encompassing the rare Comte Millesimes 2009, Brin D'amour and Pave de la Ginestrie and more. We suggest you ask for the Manager's recommendation before the dessert is served.