Tonight I had the pleasure of treating an old friend to dinner. I got a little too busy and failed to show up at the Tolman Collection gallery in Tokyo last week, and this was after I had told Norman that I was coming to see him. So what else should happen upon my return but the phone rings, with Norman at the other end of the line, feigning injury at my snub? I apologized profusely, and promised to take him and his staff to dinner.
Norman has recently closed their Shanghai operation after 5 years and decided to set up shop in Hong Kong. They've taken a spacious apartment in the Mid-Levels and converted it into a space to showcase their stock of paintings and prints by contemporary Japanese artists. All of their major artists are showcased here.
I chose to take them to Tim's Kitchen (桃花源), wanting to show them a taste of good Cantonese cuisine. It would be my first visit since the restaurant moved to its present location a couple of months ago, and the new space is downright huge. Thanks to their Michelin stars, they seem to have no trouble filling it with customers.
Compared to my past meals here, this was definitely on the light side... but no one left the table hungry. I hope Norman and his boys liked the classic dishes I chose even though some of them may be out of their comfort zone a little. Last but not least, I wish the Tolman Collection great success in their Hong Kong venture.