I arrived just when the antique stalls were finishing up their business and started packing up for the day, and soon, the usually busy street became amazingly quiet with just a few stray cats roaming around (maybe that's where they got the name Cat Street from - who knows). The Popsy Room is sort of hidden behind one of those street-side antique stalls so it could be easy to miss if you didn't pay attention to the street number. As I walked in, owner Jennifer was already waiting for us at one of the tables set up.
Two different menus were offered depending on the number of people in the party - they could sit from 2 to 24 - a 6-course tasting menu and the option for 2 additional courses for a more sumptuous feast. The menu changes according to the exhibition theme and the dishes were said to be inspired by the art pieces on display by residence chef Kaze Lo.
From the perspective of a private kitchen I thought the meal was excellent. I liked the element of originality seen in every dishes and admired the inspiration drawn from the art pieces giving everyone an one-of-a-kind, sensual dining experience. The food was well prepared and plated beautifully. And they handled the pace of service very well - not only for our table but for others too.
It's a fascinating idea to combine art and culinary art forms under one roof, and I thought the team executed it brilliantly at The Popsy Room. I certainly will keep an eye on what's coming up in the future installations (and the menu that went with each exhibition) and look forward to coming back for them.
(The dinner was an invited tasting organized and paid for by the restaurant)
When? March 31 2015
Where? The Popsy Room, 30 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Chicken Roll with Savoy Cabbage, Seasonal Vegetables, Chestnut Puree and Chicken Jus.