Ar­cane

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

isit Ar­cane and there will rarely be a ti me when chef-owner Shane Os­born isn't cook­ing be­hind the counter. It may not seem sig­nif­i­cant, but it speaks vol­umes about how this par­tic­u­lar i ndi­vid­ual i s ded­i­cated to his craft—par­tic­u­larly dur­ing a time where the role of the chef seems to skew more towards mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion than ever be­fore. Os­born al­lows his food to do t he talk­ing, sup­ple­ment­ing t he con­ver­sa­tion with his own unique brand of Aussie-honed bon­homie.

Din­ing at Ar­cane is a re­laxed af­fair, de­spite what would be sug­gested by the so­phis­ti­cated and in­ti­mate set­ting and the el­e­gant colour pal­ette that is punc­tu­ated by in­ter­mit­tent pops of con­tem­po­rary art. The semi-open kitchen al­lows din­ers a glimpse into the in­ner work­ings of the restau­rant—there are even a few counter seats for an even closer van­tage point—but it also closes the gap be­tween chef and guest. If

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