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Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018

HAPPENINGS HONG KONG

HAPPENINGS HONG KONG SPOTLIGHT A Modern Roast House When it comes to Hong Kong cuisine, roast meats often take top billing on most foodies’ list. Hongkongers have taken the art of roasting meat to near perfection and this element certainly shines through at Madame Ching. This truly modern Chinese restaurant and roast house offers traditional Cantonese dishes with an internationally-inspired twist. Nested in the Star Street neighbourhood, the restaurant reinterprets classic Chinese flavours whilst paying tribute to local Cantonese roasts. The menu at Madame Ching tells a story of Chinese provenance and features authentic flavours with favourites such as General Son’s Chicken and Sichuan staples such as Mapo Tofu. Still, it is roast meats that take prominence here, with specialities such as Pork Belly (Siu Yuk), Char Siu (barbecued pork) and Roast Duck, all of which are prepared in the traditional drum oven. G/F, No.5 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, opens Monday to Thursday & Sunday, 12pm-10.30pm; Friday & Saturday, 12pm-11pm, madameching.hk FLORAL FANTASY Inspired by the hole-in-the-wall florists of Paris, Dear Lilly offers a whimsical and fantastical take on contemporary western cuisine with fine cocktails. The restaurant and bar – the brainchild of award-winning Australian designer, Ashley Sutton – features an exquisite floral themed interior with stunning views overlooking Victoria Harbour. However, don’t just let the interior of the restaurant be the hook that reels you in. Dear Lilly also carries an impressive menu, with their own respective takes on cocktails, which are inspired by 1920s French drinks and modern western fare such as the short rib burger, slow-cooked octopus and rocket and seaweed hummus. With its warm atmosphere, Dear Lilly offers the perfect setting for a leisurely meal or a casual catch up over drinks in busy Hong Kong. Shop 4010, Podium Level 4, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, opens Sunday-Wednesday, 11.30am-12am; Thursday-Saturday, 11.30am-1am, diningconcepts.com/ restaurants/Dear-Lilly EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE Named as one of the best new restaurants in 2017 by CNN, 12000 Francs has stamped an indomitable mark on Hong Kong’s dining scene. The restaurant prides itself on an ingredients-driven menu that showcases innovative, refined and thoroughly comforting modern European dishes. Under the helm of Chef Conor Beach, 12000 Francs takes great attention to detail with the food it serves. Each dish is created from scratch, utilising elements of both traditional and contemporary preservation methods to create an intriguing yet accessible menu for both lunch and dinner. Everything from the sourdough bread to terrines and even the pastrami is made in-house. Complementing the eclectic menu is a 60-label-strong wine collection, which showcases many boutique and hardto-source wines available by the glass. 43A Elgin Street, Elgin Building Ground Floor, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, opens Wednesday-Friday, 12pm to 2.30pm (lunch); Tuesday-Sunday from 6pm, 12000francs.com.hk 118