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<<25th October, 2016 – Hong Kong>> Chinese X French — a unique gastronomic combination that, when fused right, rewards taste buds with an utterly delectable symphony of flavours. On the evenings of 4 & 5 of November only, guests will have a chance to experience this incredible marriage between East and West at exclusive dinners prepared by Executive Chefs Vicky Cheng of VEA Restaurant & Lounge and Akrame Benallal of Michelin-starred Restaurant Akrame. For both acclaimed Chefs, this isn’t just a celebration of delicious worldly cuisines but also of much more personal milestones – the anniversaries of both their restaurants, which just so happen to fall on the same month.
VICKY CHENG| VEA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Chef Vicky Cheng’s signature culinary technique infuses traditional Chinese ingredients with modern French styles. His dishes are praised for their unique western takes on bold Chinese ingredients such as Sea Cucumber, Har Mi, Virgin Mud Crab and more, with many of his creations making rounds on social media for their visually-stunning qualities. Since opening in December 2015, VEA Restaurant & Lounge has only gone from strength to strength, aided in no small part by Hong Kong’s #1 Mixologist Antonio Lai’s innovative cocktail pairings. It is also VEA Restaurant & Lounge’s 1st birthday.
AKRAME BENALLAL | RESTAURANT AKRAME
Led by French acclaimed chef Akrame Benallal and Head Chef Lise Deveix, Restaurant Akrame has recently undergone a makeover on all fronts. The exciting changes bring focus to Akrame as a casual restaurant on the trendy Ship Street, in keeping with recent industry trends shifting towards the casual and gastronomical dining category. With Chef Akrame giving his 100% to the revamp, the interiors and dining experience now resemble that of its flagship in Paris, providing guests with a chic, relaxed and one-of-its-kind Parisian experience in the bustling heart of Wan Chai. It is also Restaurant Akrame’s 3rd birthday.
“When Chef Akrame first visited VEA for dinner, I was thrilled. I have so much respect for him and his vast contributions to the culinary world, and I’m confident this will be an exciting collaboration that further enhances the Chinese X French element at VEA – especially during both restaurants’ anniversary month,” says Vicky Cheng, Executive Chef / Partner of VEA Restaurant & Lounge.
“I was highly recommended by many friends in Hong Kong to visit VEA Restaurant & Lounge for dinner and I was very impressed by Chef Vicky’s cuisine. It is unique in the combination of Chinese ingredients with Modern French techniques. I believe this will be a very fun and interesting collaboration, especially as it follows on the success of our most recent Black & White Dinner with Chef Philippe Orrico,” says Akrame Benallal, Executive Chef / Owner of Restaurant Akrame.
VEA x Restaurant Akrame
iIe flottante/ Celery/ Coffee/ Smoked eel
Tourteaux/ iodine/ Passion Fruit
Crispy sea cucumber
Green turbot/ broccolis/ pistachio
Smoked Meringue ice cream/ Citrus arlequin/ Cumin
Priced at $1,500 + 10 % per guest
The first dinner will be held on 4 Nov (Friday) at VEA Restaurant & Lounge’s 30/F and the second dinner will be on 5 Nov (Saturday) at Restaurant Akrame. Both dinners will be priced at HK$1,500 + 10% per guest with special wine and cocktail pairing options available.
Address: 9B Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Address 29 – 30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong.
About Restaurant Akrame Hong Kong
Restaurant Akrame Hong Kong opened in November 2013 and is Akrame Benallal’s first restaurant outside France. Seating 30, restaurant Akrame is a much loved Hong Kong culinary landmark serving an a la carte and a tasting menu only, the same as his two-Michelin star restaurant in Paris. The restaurant has quickly become the restaurant of choice for adventurous epicureans, with a clean, contemporary design, cosy atmosphere, personally conceived and a la carte menu with fresh ingredients are selected with the greatest care earning Chef Akrame his first Hong Kong Michelin star within a year of opening in October 2014.
About VEA Restaurant & Lounge
VEA is Hong Kong’s first restaurant and lounge concept celebrating real marriage between FOOD & BEVERAGES, led by the finest in Hong Kong’s culinary circle, including Executive Chef Vicky Cheng, 2015 Diageo World Class Hong Kong & Macau Bar Champion Antonio Lai.
In the dining room on the 30/F, your senses, vision and your palate will be stimulated and pleasured by the young, modern French cuisine created by Chef Vicky Cheng, in an open kitchen equipped with the latest state of the art kitchen equipment. Cocktail and Wine pairings designed for each tasting menu will escalate your dining experience to a new level.
In the 29/F lounge, another marriage of food and beverages takes place, led by Antonio Lai. Asian food ingredients are infused into various cocktails, with a total of 16 flavors across four different cocktail categories – Sweet, Savoury, Sour and Strong. Asian style snacks are also made available to accompany each beverage. At VEA, it’s a total experience of food and beverage.