Ar­cane

Hong Kong Tatler Best Restaurants (Hong Kong / Macau) - - Editor’s choice -

he def­i­ni­tion of “ar­cane” is some­thing that’s un­der­stood by only a few, a thing that’s in­fin­itely mys­te­ri­ous. It’s also the name of Aus­tralian chef Shane Os­born’s first in­de­pen­dent ven­ture in Hong Kong; the irony of the ti­tle is that this is a restau­rant well worth know­ing.

We’ve been fans of Os­born’s cook­ing for a long time—in 2012, he took home our prize for Best New Chef for his work at the Alan Yauowned restau­rant St Betty. Three year­arss on, the IFC Mall restau­rant is no more, but Os­born has found his own won­der­ful spacee in a quiet cul-de-sac in Cen­tral, with a ver­dant ter­race where he grows his own herbs, fruits and veg­eta­bles that are fash­ioned into the thrilling plate­fuls, which have evolved since he ar­rived in Hong Kong a few years ago.

It’s not easy to de­scribe Os­born’s cook­ing, as is of­ten the case with

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