Lunch at Ta Vie
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This meal must have been the biggest surprise of my last stay in Hong Kong. More or less forced by my friend @growingboy to go there. I went by myself and was also the only lunch guest, so I had not only the entire focus of myself but of the team on my lunch.
This is very good food, maybe even great food (I am hesitant to jump to great after only one meal there). It is unashamedly focused on ingredients and seasonality. But for me, what really lifts it up to a level which intrigues me is the Japanese focus on purity. Take the homemade pasta with seaweed sauce and sea urchin on top. Cooked to perfection the tagliatelle added texture to the softness of the uni while the seaweed sauce complemented the sweetness of the uni. Genial.
The snow crab combined with cherry radish into a refreshing salad to start you off.
However what really knocks you off the socks is the fact that this Japanese operation in Hong Kong serves you a different piece of bread with almost every course! And all are homemade and all are very good. As an Austrian we are very discerning when it comes to bread, as we believe that we produce the best on earth, but this bread is astonishing.
This is exactly the food I am looking for, seasonal, ingredients focused, perfectly executed but most importantly, focused and simple. No gimmick, not one flavour too many, pure pleasure!