I met Wilson Kwok, the proprietor behind W's Entrecôte, at dinner on Friday. I had been going to this place for steak frites ever since I first came to Hong Kong almost 20 years ago, and have fond memories over the years, although it's been a few years since I was last there.
I was surprised to hear from Wilson that business hasn't been so good lately. I guess that just shows the mentality of the people in Hong Kong... since they seem to be only looking for the latest (and not necessarily greatest) places - egged on by the PR / media machine trying to drum up business for the new venues. So it's kinda sad to see that this place - which has been serving very solid food at reasonable prices for two decades - being forgotten by the general public.
I thought a return visit was in order, so I made up my mind to come back tonight. I also decided that I would write about tonight's dinner - even though normally this type of food doesn't show up on this here blog. I wanted to remind people that these guys are still around, and I'd like to see them stick around for another 20 years. In Francophile territories, places such as Le Relais de l'Entrecôte do brisk business on a daily basis, since they are the French counterpart of the classic Cantonese roast meat (燒味) joints - everyday fare that never falls out of favor. I'd love to see places like this become a more permanent part of the dining scene in town.
Thankfully, Mr. and Mrs. Tigger decided to join me for dinner. I've been here with Tigger before, and this is the type of no-nonsense, value-for-money place that he would enjoy.