The Peninsula Hongkong marks December 18

15 Nov 2008

Fifty-five years since Gaddi’s opened at The Peninsula Hongkong (which itself turns 80 in December this year), little did fans and anyone else know that they would be treated to an once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.

The Grand Dame of Hongkong hotels has set aside December 18, the exact day when the French restaurant started operations in 1953, for the Gaddi’s 55th anniversary gala dinner. The price tag: from HK$16,888 (US$2,178) per head.

Said executive chef Florian Trento: “Gaddi’s is born and raised in Hongkong, 55 years of distinction in this business is pre-eminent anywhere in the world, especially in Asia. To Hongkong, Gaddi’s not only symbolises the most famous home-grown restaurant, but also represents remarkable birthday, wedding and anniversary memories housed in a legacy of fine dining.”

Food connoisseurs can look forward to a six-course menu with six specially paired wines. “It was a painstaking journey to search for exquisite wines all from 1953,” Chef Trento revealed. “Wines available from this year are already very limited to begin with, and our team spent an entire year to research and locate the wines on this gala menu, which are garnered from England and France.”

The star wine-list includes Château Canon 1953 – St Emilion, Château La Mission Haut Brion 1953 – Graves, Vieux Château Certan 1953 – Pomerol, Château Margaux 1953 – Margaux, Château Pichon Lalande 1953 – Pauillac, and Château Gillette “Crème de Tête”, Preignac 1953 – Sauternes.

As a memento, guests will receive a replica of a silk-embroidered Chinese doll menu dating back to, of course, 1953.

For reservations, call 852 2315 3171 or email [email protected]

Julian Tan

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