Nestled in the heart of Wanchai’s flower and fruit stalls is Hong Kong’s latest restaurant that is going to get mouths watering and people talking.
Under the helm of chef patron Tiff Lo, jean may is a neighborhood bistro with unassuming yet skillfully crafted cuisine. Having trained with legendary chefs including three-Michelin starred chefs Pierre Koffmann, Michel Roux Jr., Phil Howard and Eric Chavot to name just a few, chef Tiff has a wealth of inspired recipes and creations ready to tantalize discerning taste buds.
After graduating from the University of Cambridge and a stint in Investment Banking, Tiff found her passion lay in cooking. Wasting no time, she immediately trained for the Grand Diplôme from the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu London Culinary School. Tiff dedicated the next decade tirelessly working with brilliant chefs the classic way across tens of Michelin-starred institutions including Le Gavroche**, The Square**, Frenchie* in London. In 2018, an opportunity to work alongside Raphael Duntoye as sous-chef of La Petite Maison brought her back to Hong Kong. But Tiff always had sights to present her own cooking — a flavor-focused approach to French cooking. Tiff’s many mentors, especially chef Pierre Koffmann encouraged her to go at it alone. “I like to think of Tiff as my Chinese daughter. She is such a nice person and she is a brilliant chef, one of the most talented and hard-working that I’ve ever had in my kitchen. She’d arrive each morning before me and never slow down. On her days off, she’d go and work in the best restaurants in London for nothing, just to learn. I want to come back to Hong Kong for her food.”
jean may is affectionately named after Tiff’s grandmother.
Tiff says: “I was most inspired by my grandmother. She wanted everyone to enjoy food. That is what I want jean may to represent — a place for a hearty and wholesome meal — classic cooking done right, in a relaxed environment.” Hence, chef Tiff Lo partners with her designer brother Ramon to create a classy and cozy environment for French comfort food on Gresson Street.
Expect a pared-back menu including French favorites such as steak tartare; chicken liver parfait with cherries, country terrine with pineapple chutney and baguette. Other highlights include razor clams with parsley and garlic, ox tongue with salsa verde and raspberry and almond tart. No meal is complete without a good bottle of wine — at jean may, you can enjoy natural wines meticulously selected by expert sommelier Florie Tap, a Koffmann’s and Hibiscus** London alumnus.
Opening its doors on the 18 August 2020, the 32-seat restaurant presents an exciting seasonal, regularly changing set menu at lunch and à la carte at dinner consisting of snacks, starters, mains, desserts and specials. Starting now, as a sign of good things to come, jean may will offer a takeout taster menu available Wednesday through Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. for those eager to sample its delicious offerings.