Hongkong’s fine dining scene heats up

24 Dec 2008
Singapore’s Les Amis Group is opening its first overseas branch in Hongkong on December 29. Those in the know will appreciate the gastronomic experience that has made Les Amis Singapore a connoisseur’s favourite over the last 14 years. Les Amis is French for “the friends”. The newbie in Hongkong’s fine dining scene will be called CÉPAGE, whose name derives from the French wine terminology meaning a “blend of” or “variety of” grapes. The new restaurant first made headlines early this month, when legal complications arose over the use of “Les Amis” (supposedly its name), after it was found out that there is a similarly named restaurant and bar operator in Hongkong. At the helm of CÉPAGE at 23 Wing Fung Street will be resident chef Thomas Mayr, who is responsible for setting the high standards already in place at Les Amis Singapore, and director of operations Randy See, voted Sommelier of the Year at the annual World Gourmet Summit for three consecutive years. “Hongkongers have very sophisticated and fine palates, and Les Amis Singapore always enjoys a strong clientele from Hongkong,” said Raymond Lim, spokesperson, Les Amis Group. “With the zero liquor tax (in Hongkong), we are hoping to attract the fine dining market with our wine list which promises to be not only the largest in the city, but also a third cheaper than our nearest competitor.” For reservations, please call 852 2861 3130 or visit Julian Tan  
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