Got someone to impress in Hong Kong? Head to VEA
From the pre-dinner snacks to the desserts, we could not fault any dish
FARE Modern Chinese made with French-inspired savoir faire. AMBIENCE Modern décor backed up by expert, friendly service. COST HK$1,480 per person for an eight-course dinner, an additional HK$680 per person for a cocktail pairing (seven cocktails). WHO TO BRING Someone you want to impress. TURN-ONS When food is presented with extraordinary creative flair, it is often easy to lose out on taste. Not here. From the pre-dinner snacks to the desserts, we could not fault any dish. Among our favourites was shima aji, made of mackerel done two ways: sashimi on the top, enclosing within it the mackerel tartare. The longnan vinaigrette and the lemon balm oil gave it a refreshing, slightly sweet yet tangy flavour. Another dish worth highlighting was the roasted sea cucumber, which surprised us with its crunchy exterior paired with a soft and juicy langoustine mousse. The décor was spot on, and we enjoyed the thoughtfully stocked amenities in the bathroom. Service was first rate and watching the kitchen staff prepare dishes was a bonus. TURN-OFFS There is a limited amount of seats that can be booked, and most days you will be hard pressed to find a free slot. The high stools might be an issue for older guests, but the attentive staff helped whenever people needed to step down. DRINKS We opted for the cocktail tasting menu, one of the best decisions we made. The cocktails were impressive, and were some of the most refreshing ones we had drunk in a long time. Each cocktail is designed to complement a corresponding dish, which enhanced the overall dining experience.