Classical French techniques meet vibrant Singaporean flavours and seasonal ingredients
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<<10th October 2019 – Hong Kong>> The first restaurant in Hong Kong to be selected as amember of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group of properties, Bibo by Le Comptoir continues to push the boundaries of modern dining. This season, Chef Nicholas Chew takes inspiration from his native Singapore to infuse classical French dishes with colourful Peranakan influences, offering the city’s first original taste of haute Singaporean-French cuisine.
The multicultural society of Singapore has led to its reputation as Asia’s most dynamic food city. Over the past 150 years, Singapore has developed into a melting pot of cuisines, incorporating Chinese, Indian and Malaysian influences to Indonesian, Peranakan and Nonya-style cooking. Growing up in Singapore, Chef Nicholas came to appreciate the rich and culturally diverse food heritage of his home, which he strives to showcase in his cooking today.
New Cuisine, New Dinner Menu at Bibo
The new menu is a testament to the traditional French techniques honed from Chef Nick’s experiences leading Michelin-starred kitchens with inspirations from his memories growing up in Singapore. In addition to the selection of a la carte items, a new degustation experience entitled “Chef’s Imagination”, features six courses of Chef Nick’s seasonal Singaporean-inspired French creations. The Chef’s Imagination experience is priced at HK$998 + 10% per guest, with the option of wine-pairing with six glasses for an additional +HK$488.
From the entrees, savour appetisers such as freshly shucked Oyster ‘Ostrea’ Speciales No.2 (HK$138 for 3 or HK$278 for 6) served with pickled beetroot, lemon and vinegar yuzu sesame; or Agria Potato ‘Millefeuille’ (HK$138), an intricate millefeuille of egg-washed and deep-fried potato and smoked turkey confit, finished with peanut sauce. Cold Poached Abalone (HK$228) is served alongside udon tossed with classic Assam Pedas (“sour spicy”) seafood sauce and chorizo.
For mains, indulge in Chef Nick’s intricate dishes with a Southeast Asian twist, each presenting an ingredient cooked in two different ways. The Lamb ‘Aveyron’ features pan-seared lamb slices with red cabbage and celery rolled ‘maki-style’ inside nori and egg sheets, garnished with homemade X.O. sauce. The second part of the dish features Josper-grilled lamb saddle served with a side of quinoa ‘ulam’ (Malaysian raw salad) with ikura, herbs and dry shallot. The not-so-traditional Pigeon ‘Au Sang’ (HK$558) showcases a ‘satay’ of pigeon and lobster mince mixed with turmeric leaf that is rolled over crispy rice puffs, served with ‘achar’ (south Asian-style pickles). The second part of the dish is a refined take on Singapore’s famous Chicken Rice, served as a grilled pigeon with wild rice, mussels and petai (stinky beans). The leg is served separately with sambal paste and piquillo jus poured tableside.
Conclude with a sweet pastry creation such as the Mango (HK$88) vacherin set with mango cream and freshly diced mango on a bed of salted ‘sago’ – a familiar tapioca ingredient in Hong Kong desserts – finished with coconut sorbet. Chocolate (HK$98) combines chocolate with the much-loved bubble tea concept, created with homemade earl grey ice cream that sits upon warm chocolate fondue. The Apple (HK$88) is an ode to autumn, created with apple compote, millefeuille apple slices and green apple sorbet infused with tarragon.
New Bibo Weekend Lunch Menu
For the launch of Bibo’s new weekend lunch menu, Chef Nicholas Chew has designed an autumn lunch menu with optional wine pairing and champagne free flow: “3 Steps” (from HK$458 for 1 Entrée, 1 Plat, 1 Dessert) and “5 Steps” (from HK$588 for 2 Entrees, 1 Plat, 2 Desserts).
Guests can choose from an array of entrées including Celeriac ‘Risotto’ with Southeast Asian flavours of poached botan ebi, white coconut foam and laksa leaf pesto; ‘Rice Paper’ Squid done in a ‘cheung fun’ style with chorizo, pickled vegetables and ‘pho’ beef broth; Grilled Scallop in Banana Leaf with fried barley, kaffir and banana leaf-wrapped truffle that has been steamed; Tuna ‘Nigiri’ on a bed of pomelo, crispy quinoa, padron pepper and the optional caviar supplement for +HK$100.
Mains include options of Josper-grilled Roasted Octopus with pickled beetroot, Stracciatella spheres and sriracha emulsion; Grilled Quail with lobster, corn and turmeric; crispy-scaled Kinmedai ‘big golden’ eye Japanese deep-water snapper with ‘noir de bigorre’ cured ham, baby amaranth and shallot; and A4 Wagyu Miyazaki (supplement HK$220) striploin pan-seared then grilled in the Josper oven with bamboo, geoduck clam and a paste of keluak, often called the ‘Asian truffle’.
For dessert, guests can satisfy their sweet tooth with options such as Dacquoise with salted egg and vanilla; Fresh Peach with kaya and tofu skin; Passionfruit Crème with lemon; Chocolate ‘Trio’ made with 85%, 73% and 62% dark and smooth chocolates; and an Alleosse Selection of the fine cheeses of the day. Top off an exquisite lunch with three wine pairings at HK$288, 5 pairings at HK$388, or a champagne free flow experience at HK$388 per guest.
About Nicholas Chew, Executive Chef at Bibo
Chef Nicholas deftly fuses his visual arts background from his previous career as an interior designer with a breadth of culinary experience that spans years of training in Japan’s kaiseki restaurants and private catering in Melbourne, to working under French culinary luminaries such as Michel del Burgo of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Le Clarence’s Christophe Pelé.
In 2013, Nicholas became the Head Chef of new French restaurant Serge et le Phoque and led the restaurant to achieving its first Michelin star. Following his success at Serge et le Phoque, Nicholas led a complete re-imagination of Bibo. Drawing from his Peranakan heritage, Japanese exactitude and Gallic flair, Nicholas’s creations are at once agile, imbued with passion, and above all, original, taking the dining experience at Bibo to new heights.
As the first restaurant in Hong Kong that is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group of properties, Bibo’s mandate is to push the envelope of modern French cuisine in a stimulating environment that can be found nowhere else in the city, if not the world, thanks to its utterly unique art-filled interiors. Bibo’s extensive wine bar boasts Hong Kong’s most complete collection of wines by the glass – numbering at over 140 different varieties. Executive Chef Nicholas Chew brings Michelin-starred experience to create a menu that is very much influenced by a culturally varied background, which spans Japanese kaiseki, French haute cuisine and his own Peranakan heritage. These influences have been distilled into innovative, art inspired dishes that attain epicurean perfection under Chef Nicholas’s guiding principles of simplicity, agility, precision and composure.
163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
T: +852 2956 3188
Bar: Monday to Sunday: 5:00pm – 12:30am
Dinner: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Weekend Lunch: Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm – 2:00pm