A Timely Debut Swiss watch brand Franck Muller, possibly looking for a more cyclical business model, has decided to open two restaurants on the upper floors of its Causeway Bay boutique. Francesco by Franck Muller (2/F, 15 Sharp St. East, Causeway Bay, 2153-3136) serves Italian-Japanese in a colorful, Scando-chic space. Up on the third floor is Eighteen Sharp (2153-3366), a contempo Chinese fusion establishment offering baked prawns topped with French mustard and kitschily named dishes like “Bamboo Glory” (seafood served in bamboo-shaped containers). The Holy Grill Holytan (2/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2351-5808) is supposed to be an import from Tokyo (although I can’t find a single trace of the restaurant on Google—hope that just means it’s a well-kept secret). Housed in the Pottinger Hotel, the fancy, high-ceilinged Holytan uses a special far-infrared oven to cook up its kobe and wagyu beef—the meat is simultaneously “grilled” at high temperature and cooked “sous vide”-style (as in, in a vacuum—but minus the water bath). Open Rain or Shine Restaurant group 1957 & Co. has opened Seasons by Olivier E. (Shop 308, 3/F, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Rd., Causeway Bay, 2505-6228), partnering with chef Olivier Elzer, who used to head L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Expect exquisite French dishes such as classed-up bouillabaisses, frogs’ legs, grilled langoustine and king crab salads. Perfect Place for a Blind Date French Creations group is launching Alchemy (LG-G/F, 16 Arbuthnot Rd., Central, 6821-2801), in a two-story space on awkward Arbuthnot Road. There’s a bar serving cocktails and snacks on the ground floor, and a completely black room for a dine-in-the-dark experience in the 850-square-foot basement. How deliciously creepy. Alchemy employs visually impaired staff as waiters (just like the folks at Dialogue in the Dark), and you’ll be relying on the rest of your senses to enjoy and successfully complete your meal. Hope you’re OK eating with your fingers. Email me at email@example.com or follow me on Twitter: @adelewong_hk.