Posh Vietnamese at An Nam, Thai on High Street, Le Dome de Cristal and Fergus Henderson at Blue Butcher
Watch Out For…
Posh Vietnamese can be had at An Nam (4/F, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, 2787-3922), the latest venture from the 1957 & Co. group. Sea-green walls and intricately carved teak furniture really make this restaurant stand out from the pack. Also from the same group—and next door—is Gonpachi (4/F, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, 2787-3688), a Japanese all-in-one resto from Tokyo that serves everything from soba noodles to charcoal-grilled meat on sticks to sushi. Bamboo touches, red walls and pretty hanging paper lanterns are the over-arching themes.
Kea from Kea’s Kitchen in Aberdeen has decided to step off her boat for a bit, to open an establishment on land. Thai On High (Shop A, G/F, 39-41 High St., Sai Ying Pun, 2858-7380) is one of the latest restaurants to take up residence on High Street in Sai Ying Pun. Offering classics for now (Kea says she will fine-tune the menu as she goes along), the very exotically décored TOH is a cozy neighborhood eatery for times when you just want to take it easy.
Get ready for Le Dome de Cristal (3/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2116-4688), a resto-slash-champagne-bar housed in a 10,000-square-foot space at the chi-chi end of Central. You’re getting Cristal-branded cocktails and tapas from the bar, and fancy European—heavily seafood-based to complement the bubbly—from the resto. LDdC is housed under a dome-shaped venue, and there’s a spacious balcony on the outside. Arrive by glass elevator or grand spiralled staircase.
Aussie resto Laris will soon become BellBrook (2/F, 77 Wyndham St., Central, 2530-1600), changing from a somewhat formal diner into a more casual eatery. Sous-vide kangaroo and pickled octopus might sound a bit atypical, but that’s nothing compared to the paper bark and finger limes that will be on offer.
Tuscan chocolate maker Amedei now has a counter at the City’super Harbour City branch (3/F, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 5445-9407). The brand is owned by chocolatière Cecilia Tessieri, and hand-makes its products using rare cocoa beans in limited quantities. I can’t wait to try some.
Talk of the Town
Nose-to-tail king Fergus Henderson—yes, the chef all the other chefs worship, and owner of St. John in London —will be putting together a special menu at Blue Butcher (108 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2613-9286) on November 26. It’ll be a three-course dinner, about $980 plus service per head. I have colleagues and friends who are fervent fans of Fergus’s Eton mess, so I’ll pass on the message that they hope the dessert makes an appearance!
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