March 6th, 2009
The buzz: French
fine-dining establishment Les Amis from Singapore—named one of the
world’s 100 best restaurants by Restaurant Magazine—has opened its
first overseas restaurant in a three-storey building in the Star Street
The décor: Understated
luxury. There’s a bar with plush sofas on the ground floor while the
dining rooms are upstairs. All floors feature handpicked vintage
chandeliers from Europe and although the total floor area is more than
7,000 square feet, there are only 56 seats for dining to ensure maximum
The food: Les Amis’s executive chef Thomas Mayr
relocated to Hong Kong, along with the restaurant’s signature dishes,
such as egg confit in truffled oxtail gelee. However, his new tenure at
Cepage means that he’s able to experiment more and introduce new
creations to Hong Kong. He specializes in French-Mediterranean fare
made with the freshest ingredients. A must-try is the succulent Alaskan
king crab leg with caviar, avocado and green apple. But be sure to
savor it—this starter rings in at $480.
The wine: Cepages’s wine list is 83 pages long, and
its two wine cellars stock more than 8,000 bottles from the old and new
world—the most expensive coming in at $159,000. Wine pairing is
available, but if you’re a wine buff, why not pick out a bottle and let
the restaurant choose the dishes for you instead?
The crowd: Since its official opening a couple of
weeks ago, Cépage has become a bit of a tycoon’s canteen. So look twice
when you brush elbows there.
Why you’ll be back: Because everyone wants to live the high life sometimes.
23 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, 2861-3130.