Saturday, 21.10.2017

Arcane Cuisine with Staying Power

[26/04/16] 

Restaurants, they come and go, especially here in Hong Kong where big names and flush PR budgets ensure you hear about every opening but very few closures.

What you need for that special third date is a restaurant with legs; something with real staying power, a cathedral to cuisine that’s both intimate and lively, a place where you feel part of the process rather than just the dupe at the end of the transaction.

Arcane opened its doors in November 2014, which doesn’t make it exactly iconic but shows its doing something right in Lan Kwai Fong’s fickle foodie scene. The 36-seat restaurant (impress by booking one of 18 coveted perches on the terrace) is the brainchild of multi-award-winning chef Shane Osborn, the first Australian to be awarded one and two Michelin stars. Arcane maintains the essence of its name, reinventing fine dining with a touch of mystery and esoteric magic, thanks to designs by Pure Creative, art by New York’s Flowers Gallery, and a vibrant open kitchen. The simple yet elegant newly launched modern European menu is packed with flavor and texture thanks to jet-fresh ingredients from the world’s four corners – think day boat fish from Fukuoka, heirloom fruit and vegetables from the UK, rare breed game from specialist producers, and more than 30 herbs and vegetables from the restaurant’s own terrace garden. All this gastronomic gold is matched with a dynamic wine list that’s unashamedly Burgundy heavy and packed with hard-to-source labels, all of which are nestled in Arcane’s 1,200-bottle cellar.

No wonder it’s lasted the distance.


 

Arcane
3/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central; 2728 0178;
www.arcane.hk


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