Art on a plate: Hong Kong chefs create special menus inspired by Art Basel
Common themes include elements such as earth and water, and Chinese brush paintings; there are art-inspired pastries, afternoon teas and cocktails too
In honour of this week’s Art Basel Hong Kong art fair, a number of restaurants and hotels have created art-inspired menus.
The Mandarin Oriental in Central, which is Art Basel’s official hotel sponsor, has events throughout the hotel. The special menu at the Mandarin Grill + Bar, which is available at lunch (HK$988 plus 10 per cent for three courses) and dinner (HK$1,888 plus 10 per cent for five courses) until March 27, includes dishes of Chinese Calligraphy (brushes, Alaskan king crab, coriander, wasabi and orange) and Street Art (hands, chalk, carrot, beetroot, cucumber, pumpkin, tofu, onion). Bookings: 2825 4004. Art-inspired treats are being served for afternoon tea in the Clipper Lounge until March 28, limited-edition pastries and chocolates are being sold throughout March in The Mandarin Cake Shop, and special cocktails are available in the M Bar.
The Bostonian restaurant at The Langham in Tsim Sha Tsui has a special menu inspired by Hong Kong artist Michael Lam’s collection, Elements of Art. The four-course menu is available until April 30 and costs HK$728 plus 10 per cent for a minimum of two. The dinner includes Water (Hokkaido scallop and sea urchin carpaccio), Earth (Iberico bellota ham with poached organic egg, migas crumb soil, porcini mushrooms and black truffle), Fire (roasted lamb and Maine lobster) and dessert of Air (blueberry and lilac flowers with white chocolate). Bookings: 2132 7898.
At Felix in The Peninsula, chef Yoshiharu Kaji has created a five-course menu inspired by art and outer space. On the menu are dishes of Earth (chilled salmon confit, ham mousse and almond crumble with red cabbage jelly), Jupiter and Yellow Sapphire (French yellow chicken breast, duck liver ballotine, mashed potato and poached broad beans), The Sun (Australian lamb loin, couscous and carrot confit), and Golden Moon (chocolate mousse, ginger cream cake, golden leaves and gold spray). The menu is HK$1,288 plus 10 per cent. Bookings: 2696 6778.
Also at The Peninsula is the Spring Moon art menu, which needs two days’ advance reservation, is available until April 17 and costs HK$1,688 plus 10 per cent for a minimum of four. Chef Frankie Tang’s menu has been inspired by Chinese brush paintings, and includes water shrimp and tomato salad in a goldfish pattern; abalone rolls with Matsuba crab; double-boiled teal and cordycep soup in a clay tea pot; wok-fried wagyu beef fillet with ham and XO sauce; stewed squid ink noodles with fish maw, conpoy and onions; and a trio of desserts. Bookings: 2696 6760.
Flint Grill & Bar at the JW Marriott’s art menu is available until March 27. The three-course menu (HK$888 plus 10 per cent) needs one day’s advance notice, and includes Rock Pool Portrait (shell fish with sake granite, samphire and sea kelp); and Pop Art Lips (chocolate ganache dessert with blood orange compote and ice cream dipping dots). Bookings: 2810 8366.