THE FLYING ELK
HK$600 per person
32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
TEL: +852 2565 6788
www.theflyingelk.hk There may be a bit of an uphill hike up Arbuthnot Road to reach The Flying Elk, but the dining experience is worth it. Swedish chef Björn Frantzén’s second restaurant in Hong Kong takes a down-toearth approach to Nordic cuisine, with a forest cabin-styled interior design that impresses guests with its elongated wood-lined space, complete with open-kitchen counters and a vast dining area. The menu is small but filled with nibbles that are best paired with Nordicinspired cocktails and wines. Snacks are particularly strong with beautifully baked honey-topped gougeres filled with cheese, or hearty deep-fried pig’s ears with gribiche sauce. Open-faced toasts are generously topped with slowbraised meats, while larger mains are great marriage of land and sea. The baby chicken and lobster pot au feu, in particular, are best for sharing. The chicken is tender and lobster succulent. Don’t miss the rich lobster bisque and the roasted root vegetables served on the side. Fruit-based desserts are impressive but so are the cocktails, prepared with Nordic spirits and artisanal liquors concocted with homemade cordials and shrubs. The ambience is buzzy but laidback. Service is attentive and warm, friendly with sound suggestions for food and wine pairing.