- Kowloon, Lai Chi Kok
- Address: Unit A, 10/F,9 Cheung Yee Street,Lai Chi Kok
- Website: http://www.greaterchinaclub.com/cadenza/
- Open Hours: Monday-Sunday, Lunch, Dinner
- Phone: 2743 8055
- Rating: 4.5
- Cuisine: European, French
- Ambience: Fancy, Intimate
Gatsby Glamour: Cadenza is a seriously stylish hidden gem. Classic French gastronomy is perfectly paired with a well-curated drinks list and discrete, chic ambiance.
Look & Feel: This is (probably) the kind of dining experience the fictional Jay Gatsby knew. Inspired by the Art Deco glamour of 1930s Shanghai, there’s plenty of black and gold, accented by bold graphic elements. Easy jazz rounds out the ambiance. And there’s a live band on weekends.
On the Menu: The a la carte menu features a plethora of rich, indulgent French-inspired dishes. The impossibly rich caramelised terrine foie gras with stewed eel and oriental spice, and roasted French duck breast with Pinot Noir wine sauce and herbs, were particular highlights. For dessert, the elegant, not-too-sweet millefeuille is a must-try. The dinner tasting menu is the best way to experience all the menu’s highlights. There are a wide range of drinks on offer – including Baiju and wine – but be sure to try one of the signature cocktails. The Gatsby was a particularly refreshing concoction laced with Southern Comfort, ginger ale and fresh lime juice.
Jeng: The out-of-the-way location in Lai Chi Kok means there aren’t many other diners. You’ll enjoy an intimate dinner in peace.
Not so jeng: Service could be a little more attentive. Be prepared to ask for what you want.
Meet the Chef: Kawabata Masahito learned his trade in some of France’s best Michelin-starred kitchens, including Le Saint-Honore and Barbacan. It shows in his creative, heavily Mediterranean-influenced dishes.
FYI: Cadenza is the European dining room tucked into the Greater China Club. Though the GCC is a private members’ club, members of the public can dine here at non-member prices. Just remember to make a reservation and dress appropriately.
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