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?
Pierre Gagniere is introducing his now customary lighter summer menu at Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong on July 14th.
The three course dinner menu will change every few weeks, starting off with dishes such as Marinated mackerel, grilled octopus, shizu paste and lime granita (above); Grilled John Dory; and Ice Cream Burrata, white balsamic vinegar, raspberry meringue with coulis honey olive oil basil (below).
Pierre – Pierre Gagniere’s 2 Michelin starred restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Pierre Gagniere is making a special visit to Hong Kong this November to celebrate the 8th anniversary of his 2 Michelin starred restaurant Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental.
As part of the celebrations, Gagniere has devised an 8 course tasting menu – comprising a classic dish from each of the last 8 years. And as with his regular visits to the HK hotel, the celebrated chef will be in the Pierre kitchen preparing them.
Amber, Hong Kong’s stuck position at 2 Michelin stars continues to mystify foodies.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2014: Caprice lost its third Michelin Star in 2014, the same year that the restaurant’s head chef left. Yesterday, it failed to regain the star in the 2015 guide. Pierre regained its second star in the 2014 Michelin Hong Kong & Macau guide and yesterday retained it for 2015. Amber still, inexplicably, has two stars. Hong Kong’s foodies continue to seethe.Tim’s Kitchen lost its remaining star in 2015.
Tosca, the Ritz Carlton’s Italian fine dining restaurant, and the Mandarin Oriental’s Cantonese Man Wah were both awarded one star in 2014 and retained them yesterday.Given the proliferation of one stars in Hong Kong it’s hard to see why Tosca in particular hasn’t been elevated to two.
Following the meteoric rise of Duddell’s in the 2014 Guide, the restaurant has been elevated to two stars for 2015 and further restos that have been open for less than a year have been awarded a new star including Nur and Seasons.
Three more hole in the wall joints have been awarded one star: Yat Lok, Tim Ho Wan (Tai Kwok Tsui branch – adding to two other venues) and Kam’s Roast Goose. Cue flurry of media interest around the globe about cheap Michelin eateries. Read on for my original post.
Tosca at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is deserving of two Michelin stars
Man Wah at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong retain its Michelin star
The 2013 Michelin red guide to Hong Kong and Macau, launched today, is in many ways mystifying. While Caprice and Yung King Heen undoubtedly deserve their retained three star status, there are several other question marks.