I had the honor of being invited to dinner tonight at 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, to celebrate the occasion of Chef Umberto Bombana being the recipient of the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award for Asia in 2017. Chef Bombana has been a well-known personality in Hong Kong for the last two decades that I've been in town, and he's helped put Hong Kong on the global dining map - in part due to the white truffle feasts at his restaurants - so this is an award that I feel is well-deserved.
this guy at Amber who told me that Challans was in Burgundy. It really makes me wonder how people at 2- or 3-star restaurants get shit like this wrong.
But all was forgiven with the first bite of the duck. Mon dieu! This was perfect! It's easy to see from the color that the execution was just about perfect - still rosé in the middle while the skin was crispy. The chunk of foie gras on the side was soft like buttah, and the spiced pear was very, very nice. Hands down my favorite dish tonight, by far.
This was a wonderful dinner, and I was very grateful to have been able to be a part of Chef Bombana's celebrations for receiving this recognition. I look forward to seeing him receive the physical award at the ceremony for Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in Bangkok next week.