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kann Jan 19, 2011 04:20 PM

Which would you recommend if you can only go to one?

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  1. Charles Yu Jan 19, 2011 05:01 PM

    Caprice! Hands down! No western restaurant in HK can match Caprice's 'whole package'!! ( food, ambience, wine, service, view.....etc )

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      TomEatsHK Jan 19, 2011 05:11 PM

      Ditto. Seconded. Etc.

      Charles is right..

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        kann Jan 19, 2011 05:30 PM

        Thanks...then Caprice it is! I've read much good review so it's a definite must-eat. I'll be in HK this weekend. I should call to reserve...

        On a side note, we'll be dining in lung king heen, but can you recommend a good, reasonable priced dim-sum restaurant where the locals frequent? ambience is 2nd to good food. is tim ho wan worth it?

        your thoughts on the chairman?

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          TomEatsHK Jan 20, 2011 01:34 AM

          Fu Sing Causeway Bay branch - incredible for dim sum. Prefer it to LKH.

          Chairman gets incredible reviews (with an occasion "it's ok") from a lot of people who have eaten there. I am going for my first time on Monday... but excited.

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            PhilD Jan 20, 2011 03:26 AM

            Tom - Fu Sing : 1/F, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay? Is it very different to the branch in Wan Chai (353 Lockhart Road, wan Chai) which gets the Michelin endorsement (bib not star)?

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              TomEatsHK Jan 20, 2011 06:26 PM

              Causeway Bay branch is just better. I used to go to Wanchai but now go there instead.

              Michelin endorsement in HK is... well... largely irrelevant

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                PhilD Jan 22, 2011 03:37 PM

                Ended up at Fu Sing in Wan Chai (Causeway Bay was too far from our bus stop), but then realised we had been a few years ago. Dim Sum was as expected very good - highly enjoyable lunch, especially the BBQ'd pork.

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      WilliamKCT Jan 20, 2011 04:36 AM

      Not even close. You will enjoy Caprice. Try their Bernard Anthony cheese aged 4 years.

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        klyeoh Jan 22, 2011 04:46 PM

        Caprice is where I had some really enjoyable dining experiences - great views, nice food, stellar service.

        I'd never been to Cepage, though I know it's owned by the Les Amis Group from Singapore, which guarantees a certain level of quality & competence where French fine dining is concerned. Les Amis alumnus in Singapore include Justin Quek (executive chef from 1994-2004), who went on the run his own restaurant, Le Petit Cuisine in Taipei, then La Platane & Villa Du Lac in Shanghai, now cooking in Sky Park on 57 in Singapore. Another alumnus is Gunther Hubrechsen (Executive Chef 2004-2007), who now runs his own highly-acclaimed restaurant, Gunther's in Purvis Street, Singapore.

        The very talented Italian-born Thomas Mayr, who took over from Hubrechsen at Les Amis in 2007, was subsequently sent to helm the Cepage in Hong Kong when it opened in 2009 - it was Les Amis' first foray outside Singapore.

        Thomas Mayr left Cepage late last year, and was replaced by Sebastien Lepinoy (ex-L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon). Interesting to see how Lepinoy's cooking measures up to the high standards set by Mayr. One diner thought it was better - photos & review below:

        http://rolandlim.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/cepage-revisited-with-new-chef-sebastian-lepinoy/

        Chef Sebastien Lepinoy's bio-data is detailed below:
        http://www.theworlds50best.com/region...

        Definitely making Cepage one of my dining destinations on my next trip to HK :-)

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          Charles Yu Jan 22, 2011 08:26 PM

          Thinking of having lunch at Otto 8 1/2 with Fourseasons on my next trip to HK. After reading your post, may be we'll change venue to Cepage instead. Less carbs., too! Guess you'll be joining us?! No?!

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            klyeoh Jan 22, 2011 10:22 PM

            Why not both, Charles? Given only one choice - I'd say - go for Cepage. P.S. - But aren't Chow-trips to HK meant for experiencing the best of Cantonese cuisine where possible? :-D

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