[Hong Kong] Ta Vie 旅 - 1* French-Japanese by Chef Hideaki Sato
Ta Vie has always been on my list of restaurant to try but the price tag of $1880 (plus 10% service charge) for the 8 course tasting dinner menu has held me off until now as the restaurant started to offer lunch recently! The cozy and quaint restaurant was located on the 2/F of the Pottinger Hotel and as soon as we entered the restaurant, we were greeted warmly by Chef Hideaki Sato and his wife Hiromi-san who is in charge of service. The chef had worked at the 3* Nihonryori Ryugin in Tokyo and headed up the 2* Tenku Ryugin in Hong Kong before opening up Ta Vie last year which has already earned 1 Michelin star and #48 on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2016. Ta Vie means journey in Japanese and we were certainly led on a gastronomic journey with the use of the best seasonal ingredients in Asia through our meal.
We sat in one of these cute sofa booths where our menus had been placed on our table already like a message in a bottle.
Two lunch options are available with 3 courses at $450 and a shorter version of the tasting menu with 5 courses at $790 which is what we ended up trying.
The homemade sourdough bread and churned butter were lovely as well, and the bread was replenished as we please.
The signature house made pasta with "Aonori" fresh seaweed sauce topped with Hokkaido uni was my favorite dish of the meal as the sweet sea urchin complemented the flavors of the seaweed pasta perfectly!
Verdict - I highly enjoyed my lunch at Ta Vie with the carefully balanced flavors of the dishes and the superb service from the Japanese staff, and based on my lunch experience, I would love to come back for dinner to try the full tasting menu!
Ta Vie 旅
2/F, The Pottinger
74 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Tel: +852 2668 6488http://tavie.com.hk/
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