Pal­ette to Palate

HK Magazine - - DINING -

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. By Les­lie Yeh

In­fi­nite Stripes

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. 5/F, The

Welling­ton, 198 Welling­ton St., She­ung

Wan, 2907-8188, pop­sy­mod­ern.com.

El­e­men­tal Art

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” (pic­tured, left). 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. The Lang­ham Hong Kong,

8 Pek­ing Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2132-7898.

Sen­sory Din­ing

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.

1/F, Man­darin Ori­en­tal, 5 Con­naught Rd. Cen­tral, 2825-4004, man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/hongkong.

Arty-noon at Ammo The Art of Na­ture

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. 2/F, Chater House,

8 Con­naught Rd. Cen­tral, Cen­tral, 3583-2828, ar­mani-aqua.com. 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. Asia So­ci­ety Hong Kong Cen­ter, 9 Jus­tice Drive, Ad­mi­ralty, 2537-9888, ammo.com.hk.

Gormei Art Month

Can’t nar­row it down to just one restau­rant? Be­spoke din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence cu­ra­tor

Gormei hosts a num­ber of events this month show­cas­ing art and gastronomy:

Check out “Art Hours” (Mar 1-17) where you can min­gle with lo­cal artists at ca­sual happy hours in­clud­ing La Paloma and Lin­guini Fini; “Art on the Ta­ble” din­ners fea­tur­ing the Soho 189 An­niver­sary Party (Mar 18) and “The Art of Ce­ram­ics & Sake” (Mar 23), hosted by Ja­panese pot­ter Shin­saku Naka­zono; and “Eat Art” events in­clud­ing an art-in­spired menu at Stone Nul­lah Tav­ern (Mar 13-27) fea­tur­ing Hong Kong street artist Bao Ho, or an artsy af­ter­noon tea at Aberdeen Street So­cial (through Mar 14).

For more, visit gormei.com.

Cock­tails mimic art at Popsy Mod­ern Kitchen

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