East Meets West: A recent addition to LKF’s California Tower, Ignis by Linx is a sleek, sexy restaurant-and-club where the menu seamlessly blends European culinary traditions with light Asian flavors.
Look & Feel: By day, light floods the space through floor-to-ceiling windows, highlighting the vaguely tropical vibes given off by light woods, earth-toned furnishings and the green wall by the bar. At night, the space transforms into a darker, sexier space set off by the heavy stone dishware and marble-top tables.
On the Menu: Ignis by Linx specializes in innocuous European-inspired dishes done with great execution and pizzaz. Get your appetite going with the Tomato ($78) a cold starter of applewood-smoked tomato, feta cheese and combo, and the Mushroom ($108), a melange of morel, king mushroom and confit egg yolk that tastes like it should be full of truffle (but doesn’t actually have any of the black stuff). As for soups, the perfectly portioned Lobster Bisque ($78) features a lobster wonton and chili oil, making it an idyllic blend of east and west. Still hungry? You’d better be, because you’ll want to move onto the moreish Galician Octopus ($268) paired with kimchi mayonnaise and ponzu daikon, and the delicate Duck ($328) with honey lavender and fennel. When you’re ready for dessert, go straight for the chocolate soufflé tart ($88) a rich, decadent and utterly sumptuous concoction of dark chocolate, roasted sesame and macadamia, and milk ice cream.
Jeng: The food’s great, obviously. But Ignis by Linx is also very spacious — a real rarity in Hong Kong — and pairs its food with a brilliant bar team that specializes in homemade infusions and well-crafted, elegant cocktails.
Not so Jeng: The restaurant was very quiet on a Tuesday night — but that’s probably because it’s still so new.
Meet the Chef: Executive Chef Mark Sin knows his way around a kitchen. He studied at the prestigious Le Cordon Blueu in London before working in a number of high-profile restaurants including Tom Aikens London, Mirabelle London, and Bo Innovation in Hong Kong.
Great For: Scene-y dinners for smaller groups.
FYI: Ignis by Linx also has a club downstairs — the kind of place that will see bougie partying on a weekend — and a quiet, cozy back bar where you can chat up the bartender and get him to mix up bespoke cocktails according to your likes and dislikes.
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