Chef Hideaki Sato's restaurant Ta Vie serves french and japanese cuisines with Asian ingredients

Tracey Furniss

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 June, 2015, 10:29pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 June, 2015, 10:29pm

Former Tenku Ryugin chef Hideaki Sato has opened his own restaurant Ta Vie, which means your life in French. The chef presents an eight-course dinner menu (HK$1,880), which can be paired with premium teas (not included in the price), with a focus on French and Japanese cuisine with Asian ingredients.

We started with Hotaru squid with white asparagus and asparagus skin. The squid was deliciously sweet and balanced nicely with the slightly bitter asparagus skin.

Next was my favourite dish, sweet corn puffed mousse with Aburi botan shrimp in shrimp broth jelly, which was refreshing. Both dishes paired well with Japan Yame Gyokuro green tea (HK$100/glass HK$490/bottle). The hirame Japanese flounder and hokki clam and clam juice served with lily buds and wakame seaweed and poached oyster wrapped with wagyu beef with gated celeriac jelly went well with the Taiwan High Mountain Jin Xuan oolong tea (HK$70/glass, HK$340/bottle). Then came a delicious chicken and vegetable consommé. The charcoal grilled chicken with yuzu pepper dressing was followed by the pan seared abalone with risoni alla carbonara. They were served with China Yunnan Puer (HK$80/glass, HK$390/bottle). Two desserts of almond tofu and a fresh strawberry gratin ended a gorgeous meal.

Ta Vie
2/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen’s Road, Central
tel: 2668 6488