If all goes according to schedule, Tribute, the fabulous restaurant on Lyndhurst Terrace, will have moved into its new premises by the time you read this. In its original location in a former office space, the restaurant was a highly regarded but not very well-kept secret, with loyal customers who loved the excellent food and bring-your-own-bottle policy. Part of its cachet was that it was unlicensed and therefore a true private kitchen. I had dinner at the restaurant before the move and enjoyed a four-course meal that included grilled stuffed squid with barley salsa and arugula, a delicious pumpkin ravioli with sage butter, and boneless quail with fig sauce. The prix-fixe meal was a reasonable $330 plus 10 per cent.
Frank Sun, an associate professor of architecture at Hong Kong University, is the man behind Tribute. Sun says that in its new location Tribute will continue to serve four-course, prix-fixe dinners with choices for starter, main course and dessert, and two- or three-course lunches ($98 plus 10 per cent for two courses, $118 for three). The major change is that the restaurant will be licensed. Sun plans to have a by-the-glass selection of eight to 10 reds and four to six whites, including wines that change with the menu. Tribute is at 13 Elgin Street, Central, tel: 2135 6645. To see the menu, which changes weekly, look at www.tribute.com.hk.