Wine and Dine: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental recently revamped its dining offerings, to much acclaim. Part of the shakeup includes SOMM. This slick, sexy modern French bistro offers a dizzying range of over 1,600 wines, Champagnes, and sakes.
Look & Feel: Created by New York designer Adam D. Tihany, SOMM is refined yet casual. In keeping with the wine theme, banquettes are pinot noir red and walls are lined with wine bottles. Polished walnut wood is cleverly shaped to pay homage to the humble wine barrel.
On the Menu: Expect casual French bistro fare created with seasonal Japanese ingredients. On the menu, you’ll find crispy white asparagus and tarragon sabayon, kadaifi fried Taiyouran egg, sour cream, and smoked pike perch roe, and raspberry millefeuilles with whipped pepper berry ganache. Just recently, SOMM launched an exclusive supper menu to catch late-night workers and revellers. At just $799++ it’s a heck of a deal. You’ll tuck into three courses of decadent French-Japanese fare while enjoying a 90-minute free-flow of wine and Champagne.
The supper menu only has three appetizers, mains, and desserts, but we hardly think you’ll complain. Especially because the pâte en croute – with truffle and foie gras – is truly decadent and the scallop carpaccio is super fresh. Meanwhile, the mains are equally stellar. Think incredibly tender (and meaty) pork belly in a flavorsome glaze, and a well-put-together gnocchi with pumpkin. And for dessert? Just order the Paris-Hong Kong (a delicious concoction of peanut butter and sesame) and the chocolate soufflé, and split them with your dining companion.
Meet the Chef: Chef de cuisine Mario Paecke was formerly sous chef at Amber and chef de cuisine at two Michelin starred Luce D’Oro in Germany before that.
Great For: Sampling wine, wine, and more wine, whether New World wines or sakes that have never been served outside of Japan.
FYI: Try the Sommeliers Lunch on the weekend, which features a three- or four-course meal and a selection among 100 wines or sakes by the glass.
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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.