It is a universally known fact that good wine and food are the perfect coupling, with the best restaurants in the world unsurprisingly also boasting some of the most interesting wine lists. Working in the wine business in Hong Kong, one can often find themselves in the one such restaurant. If you have been following us on instagram you will have seen our series #ImperatriceRecommends, where we have set out to show you some restaurants across Hong Kong who we think excel in quality of food, atmosphere and of course- wine. As we are coming to the end of the year, I thought we should look back over all the incredible eateries this city has to offer!
A Nu Retrouvez Vouz, TST
A newly opened restaurant with an incredible view over a familiar skyline! A Nu has come from it’s incredibly successful parent restaurant in Tokyo to bring HK beautiful Japanese ingredients in a French style. Champagne is the only way to start the night here, sommelier Kelvin has recommended Lancelot Royer Millesime and Ulysse Collin ‘Les Maillons’. The wines are in safe hands, with a full set of Zalto to ensure an all round quality experience.
On Dining, Central
On Dining’s sommelier Guillaume gave us a taste of the restaurants classic wine list, with Chateauneuf du Pape from La Celestiere, Cuvee Bastide from Dalmeran, Mikulski’s Poruzots Meursault and Petit Chablis from Christophe et Fils. Where else would you dream of being on a beautiful day but this terrace!
Restaurant Manager Tit Ng gave us a preview of Michelin starred Beefbar’s wines. From the marble tables, the eye is instantly drawn to the enormous wine fridges literally brimming with impressive old and new world selections. The struggle is narrowing it down to just 5! For us, Tit chose a ’96 Clos des Lambrays, ’83 Chateau Palmer Margaux, Scavino’s ’08 Bric del Fiasc Barolo, Pietradonice 2009 from Casanova di Neri and the very rare 2009 Rockford Shiraz from Barossa. A top lineup.
Derek Li, Chief Sommelier at Duddell’s took us on a trip around Europe with the restaurant’s exciting cellar including Portugal’s Coche white wine from Niepoort in Duoro, an area mainly associated with fortified wine much like Friuili, from which we tasted Damijan’s incredibly structured orange wine. The hard to find Greek wine Diaporos, took us back to the roots of European viticulture. Finally a French producer, from the often overlooked region of Banyuls in the South, where Domaine Yoyo produces their Grenache KM31. An exceptionally varied winelist with some hard to come by labels!
Van Gogh Senses, TST
Savoury infused Macarons with great Loire Valley wines. Perfect combo at the newly opened Van Gogh Senses in TST. Manager and Sommelier Reeze Choi kindly shared his favourite bottles and favourite macaron flavour (smoked salmon and it is incredible!) Every element of the restaurant, down to the flowers, cleverly emulate the work of Van Gogh- it’s genuinely a treat for all the senses (no pun intended) 😊
Aberdeen Street Social, Central
Artur, head sommelier at Aberdeen Street Social treated us to his top picks from the cellar with some great variation across France. Relaxing atmoshphere to boot, so perfect to sit yourself down on a soft leather chair and crack open 1 (or all 4) of these beauties.
Ta Vie, Central
Ta Vie’s picks this week! Of course they have an incredible range of French Wine, but look at their menu for the finest Asian wines and spirits including Silver Heights Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend and Grace Vineyard from China. An eclectic mix.
Stefano Bartolomei’s picks from Arcane’s cellar! Incredible lineup of classics, and the perfect place for us to dodge the rain this day (while benefiting from Chef Shane Osborn’s excellent menu!)
If you have anymore to add, then please get in touch. Looking forward to 2018 when we can bring more recommendations to you!
– Lucy Kelly