Here are our top picks of the buzz-worthy restaurants to have sprung up recently.
Glowing reviews have welcomed the opening of this SoHo restaurant, which is reportedly staffed by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable posse of servers.
How it got its name is a story worth repeating over and over. Legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte was willing to pay a lot of money to whoever could find a way to preserve food for his army —12,000 francs to be exact. A solution to his grub-related conundrum was eventually discovered by confectioner Nicolas Appert. He proposed the idea of putting the food inside airtight bottles, then heating them up to boiling point. Appert won the prize which eventually became the name of this new joint.
Even with recent scientific advancements, the art of traditional preservation is still very much in vogue—at least in the kitchen of 12,000 Francs. Opened by husband-and-wife team Chris Woodyard and Bronwyn Cheung in November last year, the restaurant has an entire menu dedicated to the age-old art of smoking, curing, fermenting, and pickling—exciting diners’ palette while proving that old kitchen techniques have not gone out of style.
You’ll be dazzled by the restaurant’s swanky turquoise and gold interiors with mosaic accents and a chandelier made of wine glasses. Expect to see a communal sommelier’s table when you enter where you can mingle with other patrons while sampling your tipple of choice.
On the menu are dishes like smoked coral trout and tiger prawn rillettes, and melt-in-your-mouth spiced and brined short-rib pastrami that’ll leave you asking why preservation methods aren’t more popular. To cap off your meal, have a sweet kouign-amann and another bottle of wine, and you’ve got the perfect Saturday night out with friends.
It’s a bit of a walk from the closest MTR station, but the fine dining experience provided by Michelin-starred chef Tsang Chiu-king certainly makes the effort worth it. Located in the Goldin Financial Global Center between rapidly developing Kowloon Bay and Kai Tak, five-month-old Dynasty Garden ups the ante on traditional Cantonese cuisine.
There is much emphasis on beiges, neutrals, and polished finishes at Dynasty Garden. Richly decorated with gleaming marbled walls, an array of traditional Chinese porcelain, several works of art, and floor-to-ceiling windows, it offers a dining experience that travelers shouldn’t miss if they visit the city.
The menu is just as lavish as the setting, featuring classic Cantonese dishes with a twist and a heavy emphasis on seasonality. Not only are the dishes influenced by season, they are also influenced by chef Tsang’s many years abroad. This is reflected in dishes such as sautéed Australian Wagyu beef cubes with pumpkin and wild mushrooms in black truffle sauce, and flame-broiled Ibérico pork belly with black peppercorn and wild mushrooms in red wine sauce. With your meal, you can pick from a selection of over 600 wines to pair, which means that you’re bound find your perfect vino.
For an extravagant family banquet, an indulgent meal, or just to see what happens when you put a centuries-old cuisine in the hands of a modern-day chef, Garden Dynasty should definitely be on your list.