To celebrate its partnership with Art Basel, the Mandarin Grill + Bar is putting together a special dinner menu of edible artwork to bring out each diner's creative consciousness.
Uwe Opocensky, the El Bulli-trained executive chef at Mandarin Oriental, takes his culinary ingenuity to the next level by mixing everyday ingredients such as carrots, cucumbers, beef and Alaskan King crab into unusual and surprising pairings. The result is a five-course dining sensation with dishes that look like actual pieces of art. They include Chinese Calligraphy, Street Art, Paint Box, Art Excavation, and Opocensky's own interpretation of Damien Hirst's Floating Illusion. The five-course dinner is priced at HK$1,888 per person. A three-course lunch menu is also available at HK$988 per person.
Art fanatics who want the full Art Basel experience when the fair returns March 24 to 26 should consider the Mandarin Oriental's specially curated Art Stay, which includes complimentary entrance for two to the fair and the Collector's Lounge, plus an invitation to the Vernissage and exclusive invitations to a series of Art Basel events.