Hong Kong's Most Creative Art Month Dishes
Condiments arranged in a paintbox and cocktails where you spray the finishing touch: It all happens this month as art fever takes over Hong Kong’s top chefs.
Art comes to life at the dinner table for The Bostonian’s “Elements of Art Menu” ($728) inspired by Hong Kong artist Michael Lam, whose works will also be on display in the dining room. Embodying the four basic elements of earth, wind, water and fire, the palate-teasing and visually arresting menu takes the diner on a four-course journey of color compositions, textures and shapes in dishes such as Hokkaido scallop with sea urchin carpaccio, representing “water,” and iberico bellota ham with a poached egg on crumb soil, representing “earth.” End the night with an artsy cocktail at the Artesian bar, including the Vincent Van Gogh-inspired “Starry Night” ($158) with Chalong Bay Rum, Frangelico, lime juice and a dash of Blue Curacao to represent the swirling night sky. Mar 23-Apr 30.
Mandarin Grill + Bar
Ahead of Art Basel 2016, the Mandarin Grill + Bar is serving up a multifaceted menu of art-inspired courses dreamt up by head chef Uwe Opocensky. The meal is both innovative and interactive: The hands-on three-course lunch ($988) or five-course dinner menu ($1,888) is designed to stimulate all the senses, with guests encouraged to mix and match a multi-colored array of condiments with a painter’s brush, dig for dessert in an ancient “Art Excavation” box, and mimic Chinese calligraphy with a brush tip molded from Alaskan king crab wrapped with puff pastry.
Popsy Modern Kitchen
Lines play a central role at Popsy Modern Kitchen this month, as the art-meets-food restaurant exhibits colorful experimental works by Berlin-based artist Elisabeth Sonneck. Two themed cocktails—the Turquoise Ray ($128) with gin and guava juice, and the Violet Stripes ($128) with Kahlua and vanilla vodka—allow guests to spray on their own edible stripes, made from colored syrups. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide dessert ($168) showcases the color nuances and rhythmic stripes of Sonneck’s works with alternating layers of strawberry cake and white peach mousse. Don’t miss a series of “Eat More Art” workshops led by Popsy founder Jennifer Chung, that explore edible art inspired by icons such as Picasso and Warhol. Eat More Art workshops run every Sat from Mar 12-Apr 16, $350 per person.
Armani/Aqua celebrates the arrival of art month with a nature-influenced menu that incorporates whimsical components such as Aonori seaweed, yuzu ice, wasabi snow, and lychee and lime-infused bubbles. Chef Shun Sato’s forest-inspired dishes score major points in the aesthetics department, with intricate details evident everywhere: from the seafood shaped like a moss ball to the cold salad imitating a coral reef, and leaves and tree stumps used to form plates. As for flavors, expect a rush of sweet, salty and sour elements, grounded by heavy umami accents from seaweed, ponzu and shiitake. $688 for five-course dinner menu.
After a morning spent art gazing, head to Ammo for an “Arty-noon” tea set, which includes fruit puree pens for you to design your own miniature masterpiece. The plush afternoon tea set kicks off with a savory spread of brioche with figs and honey, pastrami burger and poached scallops with green apple sauce, before moving on to the lip-smacking sweets—think ricotta tarts, yogurt panna cotta, and lemon mousse cake. Design your own macarons with rainbow sugar, chocolate pearls and fruit pens and Instagram a shot with hashtag #sweetjamammo for a chance to win a $500 voucher. $328 for two.