The Man in the White T-Shirt pinged me. Would I be free for lunch today? I had plans to be somewhere during the day, but I figured that my plans could be rejigged. After all, he usually calls me when there's a guest chef around at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. And sure enough, André Chiang from Restaurant André is in town for a couple of days. So I made sure I was available for lunch.
A quick glance at the menu today confirmed that I hadn't had any of them before, which was a relief. It's been a couple of years since I was last at André, and it's good to see what he's come up with during this time.
The dish was everything I would expect from André - exactly demonstrating the purity of flavors. Thanks to the cucumber you have very light, clean, and refreshing flavors - helped by the cool temperature of the sorbet. Then the lightness continues with the fromage blanc, progressing to slightly stronger and sweeter flavors of the crab, and finally the sea urchin.
Just beautiful. I'm a happy camper just after the first dish. And a big step forward compared to the puréte dish I had twice in Singapore.
earlier this year, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
We had gotten into the habit of BYO at these lunches, and today we ended up opening 4 bottles... which wasn't bad at all.
We took the opportunity to snap a nice picture of the four chefs together including André...
A very enjoyable afternoon with great food, good wines, and wonderful company. Many thanks to the Man in the White T-Shirt for the kind invitation. Glad to have had an update on André's creations, and surprised to hear that - contrary to what you see across Oncle Joël's empire - there are no overlapping dishes among the handful of restaurants under André's flag... across Paris, Singapore, and Taipei. That can't be easy...