Header image courtesy of Paul Lafayet
It’s hard to not love the custardy crème brûlée. Its caramelised sugar top is always a delight when we get to crack it with a spoon, allowing the vanillic aroma to waft out of its confines, uncovering the golden treasure within. Hungry yet? We’ve compiled a list of the best créme brûlées in Hong Kong for your pleasure, featuring both traditional and imaginative takes.
A signature Paul Lafayet crème brûlée ($50) is always a hit when you get the munchies. Silky custard infused with Madagascar vanilla beans is set in a tasteful wooden ramekin and topped with caramelised sugar, torched only upon order. It is a decadent treat, perfect for afternoon tea or dessert after dinner. For a special occasion, upgrade your run-of-the-mill custard to a crème brûlée cake (starting from $468) to share with friends and family.
Bouchon specialises in French bistro classics, and its crème brûlée ($78) is a decadent finisher. With mixed berries on top and almond
cookies to counter the sweetness, this classic dish perfectly rounds off the sophisticated dining experience. If you’re a
drinker, accompany your dessert with Bouchon’s selection of dessert wines, priced at $88 per
Bouchon, 49 Elgin Street, Central | (+852) 2525 9300
In need of something sweet after an afternoon shopping spree in Mong Kok? You’re in luck—AM.PM, located in nearby Yau Ma Tei, offers a delectable selection of soufflé pancakes and lava cakes. If you’re looking for a new favourite, check out the shop’s drool-worthy crème brûlée soufflé pancake ($50). You’ll get a pair of wobbly pancakes covered in custard and finished with a blow-torched sugar topping for a sweet Japanese take on the traditional French dessert. Its substantial portion is also perfect for sharing with a friend.
AM.PM, Shop B, G/F, Grand Place, 560 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 2725 4318
H Queen’s is known for its many galleries and dining options. Spend a relaxing day soaking up the arts and then head down to LPM for dinner, where classic French meals await. Amongst the restaurant’s dessert options is the traditional crème brûlée à la vanille ($148). It’s perfectly sized for sharing between two and makes for a mellow finisher.
LPM Restaurant & Bar, Shop 1, 1/F, H Queen’s, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central
If you happen to be wandering in Shau Kei Wan, head to I Love 戟 for a dose of sweetness. 班戟 (baan1 gik1)—meaning “pancakes”—is exactly what this shop offers, and the menu boasts a plethora of pancake- and crêpe-related desserts, including the crème brûlée ice cream crêpe ($32). Made with ice cream of your choice and topped with hot custard and burnt sugar, traditionalists may turn their noses up at this fusion dessert, but what else should you eat when you’re craving crème brûlée, ice cream, and crêpes at the same time?
I Love 戟, Shop C, G/F, 76 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan | (+852) 9541 0213
Embark on a nostalgic trip to the streets of Paris by taking yourself (and company) to Bouillon, a cosy French bistro nestled in Sheung Wan. You might be full from its refillable bread baskets, but make sure to save some space for the signature crème brûlée fruit de la passion ($108), where custardy and sugary goodness sits in a halved passionfruit rind. The rind infuses the custard with its distinct fruity flavour, adding a hint of fresh zest to your dessert. Bring along two friends, as a serving includes three crème brûlées!
Bouillon, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2886 0056
Crème brûlée choux puffs—who would’ve thought? Owl’s Choux peddles crème brûlée puffs ($40) as one of its signature bakes, and the puff pastry is packed to the brim with thick custard and a lovely caramelised top. It’s a hefty dessert, but it also makes for a fabulously rich pastry. Pair it with a cup of Americano and you have yourself an afternoon tea!
Owl’s Choux, G/F, 32 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 6199 5176
Custard, custard, and more custard—classic flavours are always a reliable go-to, but what about when we’re craving variety? Fortunately, Fumi scratches that itch with its green tea crème brûlée ($68), a pleasant French-Japanese fusion dessert. With its unassuming burnt caramel top and green custard filling, what it lacks in looks it certainly makes up for in amazing taste. It’s also an agreeable option for diners who dislike sweeter desserts. Don’t take our word for it alone—the treat is available on the à la carte menu, so give it a try.
Fumi, 6/F, California Tower, 30–36 D’Aguilar Street, Central | (+852) 2328 3302
On the off chance that you’re looking to indulge in crème brûlée in bulk, look to Sweet Tooth for the goods. It even offers delivery right to your doorsteps for free for orders over $500, which is a much better deal than the $150 delivery fee for orders under $500. Host a party with the classic crème brûlée ($48), topped with mango, blueberries, and a dollop of whipped cream. If you want to go to extreme levels of sweetness, opt for the meringue crème brûlée ($48), which adds another layer of saccharine delight to the delectable dish.
Sweet Tooth, Shop 4, G/F, Paradise Square, 3 Kwong Wah Street, Mong Kok
The Hawk & Aster Grand Café in Pacific Place has only just opened, but we are already eyeing the classic crème brûlée ($110) on its menu. Executive pastry chef Eane Wong crafts the dessert with Tahitian vanilla for a traditional take, to be enjoyed within the well-appointed confines of the design-led restaurant and café concept alongside other dishes.
The Hawk & Aster Grand Café, Unit 008, Level LG21, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty