Pierre Gagniere in Central, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is set for another influx of Western celebrity chefs as Yannick Alleno’s long awaited bistro, Terroir Parisien, is slated to open in Central this summer, Bjorn Frantzen has opened Frantzen’s Kitchen and Jean-Georges Vongerichten has returned to the city with Mercato. David Thompson and Wolfgang Puck are also thought to be searching for sites here. But Asian expansion doesn’t mean guaranteed success: Mario Batali’s Carnenvino has closed in Hong Kong, Gordon Ramsay shut his restaurant in Tokyo and both Guy Savoy and Jason Atherton shipped out of Singapore. So what makes some international restaurants thrive in foreign markets while others falter?
David Thompson at Long Chim
Awards season is upon us again, not just in the film and music biz; one of our favourite chefs, David Thompson, of Nahm restaurant in Bangkok and Long Chim in Singapore has been awarded The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award 2016. David will be presented with the award at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in Bangkok on February 29th. Bravo!
When we pull up alongside the river I don’t notice the Aqua Mekong at first. What I see is a sleek, luxurious condo all matt grey and dark slatted wood. Then the penny drops: this is the boat. Aqua Mekong is the new, boutique (just 20 cabins) river cruiser from the exclusive Aqua Expeditions owned by Francesco Galli Zugaro.