In recent years Hong Kong has proven to be the top choice for culinary heavyweights in search of international outposts, with branches of famed eateries likeCatalunya and Ryugin, not to mention last year’s under-the-radar opening of Paris’ Serge et Le Phoque. Also from Paris now comes the ultra modern Restaurant Akrame, which opened quietly in November on Wan Chai’s so-hot-right-now Ship Street, bringing ex elBulli and Pierre Gagnaire chef Akrame Benallal’s Michelin-starred, seafood-focused fare to the HK hordes (including in its opening week such celebrities as Alain Ducasse and local A-lister Joey Yung).
With only three lunch and two dinner prix-fixe menus and 30 seats, Akrame dishes up the same seasonal, produce-driven, creative courses that originally had critics raving about his ‘reinvented’, molecular-tinged cuisine – recent menus have seen popular dishes like rice cracker crusted red snapper served over sticky black rice, and clams with garlic foam and passionfruit. Following a special two-week Christmas set, the new year ushers in the celebrated white truffle season, as well as the launch of Akrame’s wine-paired menus. But book ahead – if the resounding success of Akrame’s 16th arrondissement original is anything to go by, it won’t be long before securing a reservation at the Hong Kong branch is nigh on impossible.
9 Ship St / Wan Chai / +852 2528 5068 / lunch & dinner Mon-Sat / akrame.com.hk