Say the name Zak Pelaccio in foodie circles, and it’s met with the same kind of dreamy-eyed wonder and appreciative murmuring normally associated with film stars and pop idols. The NYC-based chef and proprietor hit the jackpot in 2005 with his play on Malaysian cuisine garnering multiple glowing reviews most notably from the redoubtable Frank Bruni in the New York Times. Not content with opening Fatty Crab offshoots in Manhattan’s West Village, Williamsburg, Brooklyn and St. John in the US Virgin Islands, Pelaccio has also found time in May to open not only his newest venture Fish & Game in Hudson, NY, but to bring Fatty Crab to a deeply appreciative Hong Kong audience.
Located on Central’s Old Bailey Street the no-res bar and diner glows behind steel frame, industrial windows with an interior of sleek but gritty polished cement, hanging bulkhead lamps, and newspaper and graffiti wall art courtesy of designer Candace Campos. The casual but comfy fit-out is matched by the food with signature favourites watermelon pickle and crispy pork, grilled coriander bacon, steamed clams in green curry, smoked pork ribs and of course, chilli crab.
You will almost certainly have to wait at peak times, but with a full service, dedicated bar and cocktails list courtesy of mix-meister Phil Ward, its barely a hardship. Go, Zak!