This is our grand finale pig-out on our recent Hong Kong trip at the 2-Michelin-star Duddell’s located at Central, at the Shanghai Tang building.
Duddell’s slogan is ‘Honest about art, serious about food’ and describes itself as “It is a place where people come together to meet, eat, drink, entertain and relax in an environment that connects art and people in a fresh, new way – allowing art masters and novices alike to embrace and develop the new cultural context adopted by the city.”
I love the eclectic decor – quiet elegance complemented by classic artworks; not your traditional Chinese restaurant. Designed by the celebrated Ilse Crawford, the soothing earth-tone colours adds to the gracefulness of the place.
The plates and setting are lovely too. Service is spot-on, attentive but non intrusive, hallmark of a good restaurant.
My niece Sandra brought her Starbuck’s coffee into the restaurant, and when the waitstaff saw it on the table, he told us that they do not allow food or beverages from outside, and took it away. Imagine our surprise when he returned with the coffee in a nice cup, explaining that the Starbuck’s cup was to obvious – that’s what I call a class act.
The Chinese artworks compliments the decor really well. The restaurant runs a art programme that is apparently spearheaded by a dedicated Arts Committee of cultural leaders which includes Yana Peel, William Zhao and Chrissy Sharp.
Quirky attention to detail abounds – such as this matching pair of toothpicks.
The condiments were well presented as well; the best of the lot being the classic XO chilli sauce with dried scallops that was fragrantly spicy.
My niece Shirley proposed a decadent dim sum and champagne lunch. Never thought champagne and dim sum go together, but it certainly worked.
We stayed mostly with the dim sum, which is nothing fancy, just fresh ingredients well put together with that subtle delicateness that comes with fine dining.
We ordered 2 sets of desserts that came nicely presented, giving us a chance to sample the assortment. Yum! The dessert platters and the Iberico char siew are the few non-traditional items on the menu.
Duddell’s delivers a very good dim sum experience. Combined with the superb service, it is deserving of the 2 stars. My only gripe is that the plating for the dim sum could have been better. Nonetheless, still a wonderful lunch overall; I’d tried other hotel-based 2 star dim sum places where I had been disappointed. Perhaps the bubbly played a key role in our positive experience?
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion
1 Duddell Street, Central
Phone: + 852 25259191