Culinary art: Where to dine during Hong Kong Art Week

Updated on March 7 2016

Art week is upon us with Art Central (23-26 March), Art Basel (24-26 March) and the Asia Contemporary Art Show (24-27 March) all returning to Hong Kong this month. As the world’s leading galleries and artists flock in for the city’s biggest (and busiest) month of art, Hong Kong’s hottest chefs and restaurants are also joining in on the creativity.

From in-house art exhibitions to art-inspired menus, these are the places to dine at this March for a little inspiration.


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Belon pops up at Art Central

Black Sheep Restaurant’s new neo-Parisian bistro Belon will be headlining the gastronomic experience at this year’s Art Central with an exclusive pop-up. The interiors have been custom designed by Fair Architect Stiff & Trevillion and, like their permanent space on Elgin Street, is inspired by Paris’ 11th arrondissement. Belon will be serving up French-rooted yet locally-influenced dishes that showcase the best and freshest produce and seafood available in Hong Kong along with a carefully curated selection of natural wines.



Eat More Art workshops at Popsy Modern Kitchen

For the month of March, Popsy Modern Kitchen will be presenting Infinite Nuances by Elisabeth Sonneck — a collection of more than 15 colouristic experimental paintings. To complement the experience, Popsy Modern Kitchen have created an artistic ‘Crimson Tide’ dessert (HK$168) of strawberry basel cake filled with white peach mousse and topped with rum-infused berries and almond crumbles and two cocktails inspired by the essence and strokes of Sonneck’s paintings.

To celebrate art week, Jennifer Chung, the founder of Popsy Modern Kitchen, will be hosting a series of workshops where guests can work together to create artsy cookie masterpieces inspired by the specific art style they’ve learned about in the workshop. Each workshop will be based around one of Chung’s idols (namely Picasso, Mondrian, Dali, Kusama, Magritte and Warhol) and their corresponding art movement (including Cubism, Neoplasticism, Dadaism, Feminist Art, Surrealism and Pop Art).

The workshops are HK$350 per person and will run from 3pm to 5pm from 12 March to 16 April, every Saturday.

Popsy Modern Kitchen, 5/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2907 8188,


Art-inspired menu at Michelin-starred Mandarin Grill + Bar

Talented Hong Kong-based chef and LifestyleAsia tastemaker, Uwe Opocensky will once again be preparing a special art-inspired three course lunch (HK$988) and five course dinner menu (HK$1,888) in the lead up to Art Basel. Known for his inspired plating and creative dishes which stimulate all senses, Opocensky will be presenting dishes such as “Street Art” (hands, chalk, carrot, beetroot, cucumber, pumpkin, tofu and onion), “Paint Box” (a mix of red, yellow, white, black and green veg with beef) and “Art Excavation” (chocolate, ice cream, cake and edible sand) for dessert.

Mandarin Grill + Bar, 1/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4004,



Gormei presents ‘Eat Art’ with Stone Nullah Tavern and Bao Ho 

From March 13 onwards for two weeks, Stone Nullah Tavern will be offering a special dinner menu inspired by Bao Ho’s artwork. No word yet on exactly what dishes we can expect but we’re sure they’ll be serving up quality American grub with an artsy twist.

Stone Nullah Tavern, G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 3182 0128, 


Art-inspired menu at WHISK

WHISK will once again be serving up an eclectic and tantalising art-inspired menu in the lead up to Art Basel. The six course menu (HK$880 per person plus HK$280 for wine pairing) will be paired with Tuscan wines created by acclaimed Italian wine-maker Bibi Graetz, who creates small-batch wines decorated with his own abstract paintings. Dishes include a “Five Nights” appetiser of Botan Ebi, scallop, hamachi, salmon and tuna and “A Difference that Makes a Difference” dish of Japanese A4 Wagyu Beef with chocolate.

A selection of reproductions of Bibi Graetz’s expressive paintings will also be on display at WHISK as part of the art menu promotion running from 10 to 26 March 2016 from 6:30pm to 10pm on Mondays to Saturdays.

WHISK, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2315 5999,


Surroundings & Influences art exhibition and afternoon tea at Clipper Lounge

In collaboration with, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong will be hosting an exhibition featuring some of the most important artists from China and Hong Kong at the Clipper Lounge. These include Gao Weigang, Lee Kit, Wang Yuyang, Yang Xinguang and Zhao Zhao. The works have all been loaned by private collectors, making this a rare opportunity to see these rare pieces in person.

To complement the experience, executive pastry chef Yves Matthey will be creating an afternoon tea (HK$278 for one and HK$488 for two) inspired by these original art pieces at Clipper Lounge and Cafe Causette.

Clipper Lounge, M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong,+852 2825 4007,




Elements of Art menu at The Bostonian

In collaboration with Hong Kong artist Michael Lam, The Bostonian has created a four course menu (HK$728 per person for a minimum of two) inspired by Lam’s new collection of East meets West oil paintings based around the elements of earth, water, air and fire.

The dining experience starts off with a ‘Water’ appetiser of Hokkaido scallop and sea urchin carpaccio followed by Iberico Bellota ham with a poached organic egg, planted migas crumb soil, rooted porcini mushrooms and black truffle for ‘Earth’.

For the ‘Fire’ main, a delicious roasted lamb and Boston Maine lobster with blood orange carrots, crispy beetroot and beetroot aioli will be presented and an ‘Air’ dessert of blueberry and lilac flowers with white chocolate to round it all off.

The Elements of Art art collection and menu will be showcased from 23 March to 30 April 2016.

The Bostonian Restaurant, The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898,


Yi Li is your typical half-Brit half-Chinese hybrid with a serious case of wanderlust. When not writing, she's either on the hunt for the best new cocktails, on a hike or enjoying a sinful bowl of truffle fries (and working them off at XYZ). Follow her @yilidawson on Instagram or Twitter.