Gourmet Dining Group’s Arbor puts emphasis on natural order

Chef de cuisine Eric Räty’s Nordic background shines through in flavours

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 June, 2018, 12:15pm
UPDATED : Monday, 18 June, 2018, 12:15pm

With the success of French fine-dining restaurant Épure, Gourmet Dining Group has opened its second fine-dining eatery, Arbor, on the 25th floor of the new H Queen’s art hub. The interior is by renowned design firm Yabu Pushelberg, which also did Épure.

They play on the tree theme - Arbor means tree in Latin - with natural warm teal and green colours in the main dining area showcasing spectacular city views through large windows, and the high ceiling makes the space light and airy. The bar area has a Moroccan feel in rust hues and feels more intimate. At the helm in the kitchen is chef de cuisine Eric Räty, previously with Café Gray Deluxe.

His Nordic background shines through in many flavour combinations, and he is known for using seasonal produce. We tried the tasting menu (HK$1,488 per person), which included stand-out dishes such as tender charcoal-grilled langoustine, with sweet Japanese tomato in tomato water. The dish was topped with candied kombu in Okinawa black sugar and Guinness. We loved the smoky and sweet flavours. Other highlights were the Kumamoto A4 Wagyu tenderloin sprinkled with shishito pepper and yuzu butter. The desserts were amazing, especially the soy milk ice cream on baked yuba sheets, which were crispy and sweet. Salted duck egg yolk was sprinkled onto the dish with several soybeans cooked in soy sauce. The second dessert was called pine shoot, a chocolate dessert that was crispy on the outside and creamy in the centre.