A Touch of Kitsch: The team behind Michelin-starred Italian joint Octavium presents their latest venture, Nove, a contemporary Chinese restaurant serving up dim sum and Chiu Chow-marinated dishes.
Look & Feel: Nove is tucked onto a narrow side street in Central, squeezed between the street stalls. Inside, the restaurant is cosy yet high-ceilinged, featuring a chinoiserie-inspired design with plenty of large hanging lanterns and vintage furnishings courtesy of Albert Kwan, the interior designer behind many of Shanghai Tang’s spaces.
On the Menu: Signatures include the steamed pork belly buns, baked abalone cheese tarts, and sliced goose, goose wings and pig’s trotters, which are marinated in a 40-year-old marinade. Expect modern reinterpretations of certain dishes — such as the xiao long bao, which comes with a seafood bisque broth. Teas such as pu’er and phoenix mountain tea feature on the drinks menu alongside a selection of wines.
Meet the Chefs: Executive chef Wong Yiu-por boasts 50 years of experience in whipping up Cantonese cuisine, particularly dim sum. You might recognize him from his time as head dim sum chef at Michelin-starred Island Tang and other top tier restaurants. Meanwhile, chef Poon Kwai-chung brings 30 years of experience in Chiu Chow dishes to the table.
FYI: Word on the street is that Bart Bombana, the teenage son of renowned chef Umberto Bombana, is an apprentice dim sum chef here.
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This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.