cepage vs caprice in hong kong
Which would you recommend if you can only go to one?
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?
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:
Chef Sebastien Lepinoy's bio-data is detailed below:
Definitely making Cepage one of my dining destinations on my next trip to HK :-)