This year marks the 10th anniversary of Spoon. As a testament of its success, Spoon retains its two stars in the 2014 Michelin guide. Being able to witness the progress Spoon Hong Kong made in the past years, I must say the team and chef Philipe Duc has indeed made a huge concerted effort to polish up their overall standard.
Alain Ducasse flew in to host two gala anniversary dinners in November specially to celebrate this big occasion. In the span of a decade, Spoon underwent a constant evolution. It started off as a rather casual dining concept and gradually upped the ante to become a fine dining restaurant, serving traditional French cuisine.
The team is noticeably nervous to have their big boss around for the night – having to host a huge event with limited time. Despite the stress levels in the kitchen, the staff managed to handle the scene well in the main dining hall. Dishes were served on time and at the right temperature. Naturally, given such an arrangement the service on that night wasn’t as good as what you’d usually get – over a hundred hungry people to be served at the same pace – perhaps one can’t be too demanding? I particularly enjoyed the roasted duckling – roasting done just right, and the meat is very tender and flavourful. One of the best duck dish I’ve enjoyed. The second dish to note was the chicken consommé which paired very well with foie gras and the chestnut’s sweetness. The pan seared scallop was served with pumpkin puree. The vegetables that came with the scallop was good too – as expected of any Alain Ducasse’s restaurant.
To top off a wonderful meal, a chocolate pizza was served. This used to be one of the signature dessert years back when Spoon has yet to embark on the fine dining concept. If it wasn’t for this special gala dinner, one wouldn’t be able to savour it again. There are a handful of other Alain Ducasse’s restaurants around the world which would best the Spoon, but the pricing here for what you get is definitely reasonable. Some might even say it’s underpriced. But for me, I think you will feel satisfied with what you’re paying for.
SPOON by Alain Ducasse
Address: InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2313 2323
Visited on: 23 Nov, 2013
Price: Tasting Menu: 1588HKD
Hours: Lunch: Sun 12:00-2:30; Dinner: Tues – Sun 6:00-11:00pm
Executive Chef: Philippe Duc
Pastry Chef: Jerome Husson