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Posh Vietnamese at An Nam, Thai on High Street, Le Dome de Cristal and Fergus Henderson at Blue Butcher

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 October, 2013, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 3:54pm

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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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