With the impending Art Basel and Art Central, March is no doubt a great month to be in Hong Kong for art lovers. We have rounded up our favourite art-inspired menus and drinks to keep your taste buds happy in between gallery hopping and art shopping.
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2/F Landmark Chater, 8 Connaught Road Central, Central
Tel: 3583 2828
Inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige, the team at Armani/Aqua created Geisha’s Encounter ($138) with a combination of Tanqueray gin, Cocchi Rosa, yuzu and fresh lemon shaken with peach matcha and egg white. Overlaying this artful concoction is a delicate piece of traditional rice paper tapestry of beautiful Japanese iconography. Geisha’s Encounter is available throughout the month of March.
Cobo House by 2am:dessertbar
8-12 South Lane, Sai Wan
Tel: 2656 3088
One would not expect less of Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Janice Wong during art month. From March 17 to 31, diners can enjoy a six-course art degustation menu ($1,280pp) featuring edible art creations such as White in White, a savoury dish crafted with only white ingredients; Words, a delectable duck dish with a cherry black garlic poem (one you can actually read!); and Red Garden, a dessert made with red beet sponge, rose parfait and yogurt tonka ice cream rock. Art Basel VIPs and other guests can also add a two-hour free-flow of Papis Loveday brut and rose for $680 and $880 respectively. Reservations are required.
28/F The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2696 6778
Celebrate Art Basel at Felix with their art-inspired five-course menu (available March 13 to April 16). For $1,388pp, indulge in opera-themed dishes such as A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream – Forest of Fairies, a delectable consommé of Iberico ham and mushroom; Carmen – Toreador, a lean beef carpaccio with tonka bean powder, frozen egg yolk and a rose petal pierced with a miniature sword to represent the titular heroine; and Peach Melba, a sweet finale of peach compote with raspberry sauce, almond mousse and vanilla ice cream originally created as a tribute to Australian soprano Nelli Melba.
Guest chef Nino Di Costanzo at Grissini
2/F Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Tel: 2584 7722
For three nights only from March 9 to 11, two Michelin-star guest chef Nino Di Costanzo of Danì Maison, who has been cooking since he was 11 years old, will be taking over Grissini to present an artistic Italian menu for Hong Kong diners. Priced at $1,180 per person, the six-course menu features exquisite dishes such as fresh tortelli filled with beef and provola cheese, as well as lamb with eggplant parmigiana and cheese paired with bite-size escarole pizza. Call 2584 7722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Le Marché by Philippe Orrico
Located inside the Art Central tent
Chef Philippe Orrico of ON Dining is collaborating with Art Central to bring a pop-up restaurant – Le Marché by Philippe Orrico – to fair visitors. Paying homage to traditional European gourmet markets, the menu consists of light bites such as charcuterie platters and the classic tuna salad ($148), as well as heartier portions like the teriyaki beef short rib ($198). Guests can opt to dine in at the 90-seat restaurant, or maximise art viewing time by grabbing Le Marché’s packed lunch boxes to go, which include simple French fare and sandwiches made with exceptional ingredients.