3 Star British Chefs in Hong Kong
January 8, 2015
Three British super chefs are stepping onto Hong Kong's dining scene, adding star-studded restaurants that are sure to find a fanatic following. By Helen Dalley.
Published on Jan 8, 2015
The Brits are taking Hong Kong by sweet and savory storm. Roll out the red carpet and get ready to make some reservations, because U.K.-export celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Will Meyrick have finally opened eateries in this happening harbor city.
Meyrick, whose explosive Asian fusion restaurant has been a culinary mainstay of Bali since its 2010 debut, has opened his second (1) Mama San (1F, 46 Wyndham St.; +852 2881 8901; diningconcepts.com) in Central. The hip décor—think plush brown leather banquettes juxtaposed against scarlet lamp shades—has drawn the city's trendy crowd, but it's the food that has them coming back. Every dish packs a punch, from the soft shell crab rujak salad with green mango, rose apple, mint, peanuts, sesame seed and tamarind chili sauce to the sublimely refreshing lemongrass panacotta with cucumber lime jelly and citrus lemon basil sorbet.
Will Meyrick of Mama San fame.
Jamie Oliver, opened (2) Jamie's Italian (2F Soundwill Plaza II–Midtown, 1 Tang Lung St.; +852 3958 2222; jamieoliver.com), in Causeway Bay. As a nod to the neighborhood's days as a fishing village, there's a shipping container in the open kitchen and a sliding ship ladder at the antipasti bar. Dishes range from bar bites like the fried three-cheese gnocchi, to the made-to-share meat plank with Levoni ham, to the vongole taglioni, a toothsome pasta that showcases Oliver's passion for classic Italian fare.
Jamie Oliver heats up Hong Kong.
Hot on the heels of Oliver, his rival and long-time adversary, Gordon Ramsay is launching his first restaurant in Asia, (3) Bread Street Kitchen (MF, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham St., Central; gordonramsay.com; menu not released as of press time) in Hong Kong at the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel. Based on Ramsay's winning concept in London, the restaurant's must-try plates include a decadent—is there any other kind?—full English breakfast, and ricotta hot cakes with banana and honeycomb butter to start the day off right, while its welcoming warehouse-style, decked out in mismatched furniture, reflects the no-fuss British menu.
Chef Gordon Ramsay.