The Kong Bar and Restaurant was put on the map when it was featured in the final series of Sex in the City. Kong is situated on the 5th and 6th floor of the Kenzo building in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris overlooking the Seine River and Pont Neuf Bridge.
The 5th floor is where the elevator will drop you off and you will be greeted by a hostess who will show you to your table, and take your coat. Also on the 5th floor of Kong is the bar and lounge area where you can grab a coffee, cold beverage or you might possibly be seated here if the 6th floor is full.
The 6th floor is a stunning indoor rooftop terrace restaurant which has an amazing abundance of natural light. If you are lucky enough to get a good seat near the window you could have a good view of the Seine River and Pont Neuf bridge.
Megan and I went to the Kong restaurant as a part of her belated birthday celebration. We chose the Sunday brunch option because we did not find the images of the lunch and dinner menus very appealing. It’s also worth noting that the Sunday brunch menu is considerably cheaper.
We did have to call and make a reservation, however we were told that it was not possible to reserve a table upstairs. The seating was based on the weather. Luckily there was a free table in the glass top roof room and we did not have to sit downstairs in the bar area.
We thought the most pleasing think about the restaurant was the atmosphere. Even though it was a cloud-covered miserable day outside, the exraordinary natural light in the roof top restaurant created a feeling of vibrancy. I’m not 100% sure what the theme of the restaurant really was; it felt like fine dining mixed with remixed dance music and Asian manga comics.
What We Ate At Kong For Brunch
We started with a simple baguette with butter and two drinks of ginger beer and pineapple juice. The drinks were both good. The ginger beer had a little spice but not too much, and the pineapple juice was not too acidic. The baguette was a little chewy, however this is common at restaurants as they are rarely fresh from the boulangerie nor cooked fresh in-house.
I chose the Eggs Benedict with a slice of crusty potato sheds. The dish was nice and as good as any Eggs Benedict I have had. We also enjoyed the crispy potato slice as a bit of different twist to a very common and traditional dish. It was nice and crunchy on top and a little soft underneath to create a really nice complimentary texture when combined with the eggs.
Megan chose the club sandwich with potato chips. I also had a taste if this dish and we both agreed the there was a sauce or mayonnaise of some sort which tasted a bit strange. Out of the two dishes I would recommend the Eggs Benedict.
Our Review of Kong Restaurant
If you have read other reviews online, a lot of people say that the food and service is not worth the price tag. Personally, I have come to terms with waiters in Paris not being overly talkative or very friendly. However, with our review of Kong staff we have nothing to complain about. While they were not overly sociable, we did not find them rude.
I would somewhat agree that the food may not be worth the price tag, however the brunch menu prices were quite reasonable. It’s important to understand if you’re visiting Kong, that you are paying for the experience more than the food.
Personally I think it deserves 4 out of 5 stars for a few reasons. The food was good but not great, and the same goes for the staff. I was disappointed about the reservation process to find out that even though we reserved a table it was possible if the restaurant was to full that we would be sitting down stairs. The main attraction to this restaurant for us was the glass roof and if we were sat down stairs I think we would have walked out.
We would recommend this restaurant to people but purely as an attraction, and the experience of dining at the famous Kong restaurant.
Where is Kong Bar and Restaurant
1 Rue du Pont Neuf, 1st
Tel 01 40 39 09 00
The Kong restaurant is located near the popular shopping street of Rue De Rivoli, within walking distance of the Louvre, very close the Seine River and love lock bridge.