Monday, March 14, 2016
Juicy Cuisine at Restaurant Akrame
I love the sense of calmness as I walked into the cozy and contemporary-styled dining room on the side street after crawling through the early evening crowd in the drizzling rain and falling temperature. The sleek, industrial-chic decor with a grayish color scheme with modern paintings on the dark concrete wall with the clear view of the open kitchen at the back, all made the place looks comfortable and extra spacious. I also loved the metallic cutlery and fancy ceramics used to serve the meal, adding to that stylish feel to our dining experience.
The Madame Carrot – our juice pairing for the pigeon – tasted more beetroot than carrot in spite of the name. I am normally not a fan of beetroot but the pineapple and lime did tone down that herbaceous taste that I didn’t like. The final glass of juice, the Pineapple Power, was almost like an additional dessert course with complex flavors. It was distinctly orange and herbs on the nose and pineapple on the palate. Hidden at the back was the slight hint of coconut. That was my favorite of the four juices we tried.
Chef Akrame was known for his bold use of new combination of ingredients and flavors, and I liked what I have tried this evening, as something different for a change. The lovely meal did warm us up in this unusually cold springtime evening.
(The dinner is by invitation - more photos on my Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/g4gary/albums/72157665133231600)
When? March 9 2016
Where? Restaurant Akrame, 9B Ship Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Pigeon/Cocoa/Celariac/Coffee
(Cold-pressed Juice Menu from Water Juicery)
Digestaid: Pineapple/White Cabbage/Ginger/Mint
Madam Carrot: Carrot, Apple, Orange, Beetroot, Pineapple
Pineapple Power: Tarragon, Pineapple, Orange, Passion Fruit, Coconut Water, Lime