SPOON by Alain Ducasse
G/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Phone: +852 2313 2256
Dinner at this sophisticated, seductive venue is more than just a meal -- it's an experience. From the moment you walk past the restaurant's "wine cellar," with approximately 3,000 bottles of both New and Old World selections, you know that this is a place of superlatives. Spoon bar would have to be one of the most highly regarded establishments in Hong Kong. Anything Alain Ducasse touches turned into epicurean gold. The focal point of the dining room is the ceiling, where 550 hand-blown Murano glass spoons are lined up like a landing strip, directing one's attention to the open kitchen and to the stunning harbor view just beyond the massive windows. The restaurant is so low and close to the water that dining here is almost like being on a junk -- albeit a very luxurious one. Exquisite earthy rusty tones and textures make a stunning space to look out at the night lights on Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour. The menu is divided into two sections: classic French favorites inspired by chef and restaurateur Alain Ducasse and contemporary SPOON originals. You might, therefore, opt for the classic duck foie gras followed by Wagyu beef tenderloin with truffle sauce, or go with the original creation of steamed duck foie gras with chutney pears and ginger and herb salad, followed by pan-seared red tuna with satay sauce and vegetables. Alternatively, your entire group may opt for the Sexy Spoon, a special tasting menu costing HK$788 (US$102/£51) per person for six courses or HK$988 (US$128/£64) for eight courses.