THE FLY­ING ELK

T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Hong Kong Restaurants -

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.

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