C’est La B
Shop 202, 2/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
If you’re craving flavoursome food and a slice of Hong Kong’s casual dining scene, then look no further than C’est La B. Founded by Bonnae Gokson, one of Hong Kong’s renowned celebrity style icons and taste-makers, the cafe-bar is a cool place to chill, take a breather from shopping or grab a bite before a movie.
A light-hearted play on words combining the French phrase ‘C’est La Vie’ and Bonnae’s name, C’est La B is a chic space reflecting the style of its founder. Bonnae is a fashion maven, hospitality entrepreneur and award-winning book author in one. Her exquisite cakes have gained her the title of Hong Kong’s Queen of Confectionary and she is recognised as one of the world’s best patissiers by leading publisher Thames and Hudson.
Open from 10am to 10pm, C’est La B serves wholesome light meals and afternoon tea alongside a magnificent array of sumptuous confectioneries from Ms B’s CAKERY, Bonnae’s commissary.
From all-day breakfast offerings and delicious pot pies, sandwiches and salads to noodles and pastas, C’est La B’s got you covered at any time of the day. As in anything that Bonnae does, the food wows with their quality, creativity and presentation. The signature dishes are ‘must-tries’. The Rainbow Club, for example, is a sandwich with a difference. Scrumptious French ham, cheese, omelette, avocado, roasted chicken and salad are featured between layers of colourful spinach, beetroot, bamboo charcoal and saffron handmade artisan bread to give you yummy wholesomeness at every bite. Another star item – the bento box – is an innovative take on the traditional Japanese bento. At C’est La B, the bentos take diners round the world. They run the gamut from the vegetarian Om Box and the Omega Beauty Box to Gangnam, Tokyo, Saigon, NYC, Roma and Capri boxes to take your taste buds on a culinary tour.
When it’s time to unwind, treat yourself to the delectable three-tiered afternoon tea set. Sample savoury bites, select signature cakes, rolled finger sandwiches and more. Chase it down with a selection of specialty beverages on offer including the award-winning organic infusions or the spectacular pink sakura latte. Or with some chilled bubbles if the mood takes you.
No visit to C’est La B is complete without indulging in a sweet treat. With unique combinations of flavour and texture, the innovative cakes from Ms B’s CAKERY are renowned throughout Hong Kong for their stunning sugar art and taste every bit as good as they look.
C’est La B offers a wide selection of signature cakes and tempting dessert cups. If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting before, opt for a selection of bite-sized tasters including the lemon and poppy seed chiffon cake filled with lemon curd, fresh cream and a delicate sugar poppy flower. A range of sugar-free and gluten-free treats is also available for a less guilty indulgence.
The stylish decor is as Instagrammable as the culinary offerings. Designed with verve, pizzazz, and a sense of humour by Ms B, the floor is striped in black and white while colours pop on deliberately mismatched furniture and crockery. Butterflies flutter up the walls and teapot lamps hang from the ceiling, lending a magical atmosphere to the space.