by The Standard on Mar 17, 2017

Food to touch the art

Food to touch the art

March is Art Month in Hong Kong. While you're heading to the art events in the city, don't forget to fill up on art- inspired food.

The party is on in Lan Kwai Fong, where 12 restaurants around the periphery joined the Savouring Art Campaign, infusing art elements into their savory delights. Under the theme of Color of Ingredients, specially-crafted menus are available until month end.

The first 30 to book the Savouring Art Menu will get tickets to the Asian Contemporary Art Show at the Conrad Hong Kong in Admiralty.

Mercato in California Tower is offering a four-course Italian tasting menu (HK$628) using fresh Italian vegetables and local bounty. Head chef Anthony Burd utilizes the natural colors of farm produce to create dishes that tantalize the eyes and tastebuds.

"The basics of food plating are similar to painting. It is all about balance and composition. As color is the theme, I use beetroot, avocado and strawberry to amplify the taste, and create visual impact," Burd said.

Roasted beet and citrus salad is a refreshing start. The natural sweetness of beetroot is highlighted by celery, mint and chili. Warm seafood salad is a lavish feast of scallop, shrimp, octopus and clams, with hints of lemon and parsley to stimulate the appetite.

The main course, seared lamb loin, is a true star. The slightly bitter sauce made in sorrel, carrot and root vegetables balances the richly flavored meat, with fennel flax crostini for texture. End it with ricotta semifreddo, topped with white chocolate foam and strawberries.

Ce La Vi, also in the California Tower, is offering a five-course art- themed menu (HK$688). Highlights include blackened miso salmon. Marinated for two days, the fish is rubbed with spices, then pan seared. It is served with seaweed and garlic mascarpone cream and salmon-skin chips.

The chocolate trio has a base of manjari flourless cake, followed by caramel chocolate, calamansi cream and white chocolate mousse.

Collaborating with Vertical Gallery, the restaurant is also showing 18 artworks from Takashi Murakami, Qube.O, Hikari Shimoda, and Kaws x Hajime Sorayama.

Cobo House by 2am:dessertbar in Sai Wan has a six-course Art-inspired Degustation Menu (HK$1,280) to take diners on a visual journey. Start with four hanging popsicles made with foie gras, grain, salmon and cheese. The first course, White in White, comprises only white-colored ingredients such as cauliflower, almond, white asparagus, maitake mushroom, and white cheese.

Other creations include Words, a duck dish with a cherry black garlic poem sheet, and Red Garden, crafted with red beet sponge, rose parfait and yogurt tonka ice cream.

The Seafood Room in Tower 535, Causeway Bay, puts masterpieces on their dishes with an artistic six-course dinner tasting menu (HK$688). Drawing inspiration from Rainbow of Colors by American actor Adrien Brody, Vibrant Colors recaptures the artwork's signature colors with salmon, yellowtail, and tuna sashimi in langoustine tartare.

Landscape follows Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali's Sunrise, with scallop sashimi in Japanese dressing. Psychedelic Flower cocktail (HK$148) captures Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's signature sunflower using Tanqueray gin, yuzu juice, lemon juice, Lillet and rhubarb liqueur.

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