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Duddell’s Restaurant delivers delight

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Duddell’s Seafood

Duddell’s was the wining and dining venue of choice for the international art community during last week’s Art Basel. Located on Hong Kong’s growing art trail in Central, Duddell’s is now welcoming guests for lunch, dinner, all-day snacks and drinks. Serving authentic Cantonese cuisine, vintage cocktails and a hand-selected list of classic wines in a beautiful art space, Duddell’s offers an all-rounded cultural experience.

Designed by celebrated London-based interior designer Ilse Crawford. Duddell’s was founded by Alan Lo, Paulo Pong and Yenn Wong, who share a passion for developing Hong Kong’s creative landscape as well as a deep passion for food and wine.

“Duddell’s is a place to eat, drink, and socialise,” says Yenn Wong. “A vibrant space, it’s like being in the home of an art collector who also happens to have a Michelin-star Cantonese Chef and an award-winning Mixologist. To me, Duddell’s represents an appreciation of the fine things in life – savvy art, tasty food, good wine and cocktails, and of course, great company.”

Set over two stories with a dramatic travertine staircase joining the two spaces, Duddell’s combines a vibrant, chic Dining Room downstairs with a more casual and intimate upstairs Salon and Library, and a lush Garden Terrace in the heart of Central.

Heading the culinary team is Executive Chef Siu Hin Chi of Michelin starred T’ang Court fame. Chef Sui plays homage to the traditional roots of Cantonese cuisine, combining textures and flavours with contemporary presentations to excite the taste buds and challenge even the most demanding epicure.

Downstairs in Duddell’s Dining Room, Chef Siu’s menu starts with a wide selection of dim sum for lunch along with signature dishes such as Fried fresh lobster, scallion and shallots, Pan-fried fresh crab claw with caviar, Fried beef cube with wasabi and soy sauce, Crispy salted chicken and Sautéed asparagus, water chestnut and macadamia nut in taro nest. Upstairs at the Salon and Library, guests may order a selection of dim sum, rice and noodle dishes from the kitchen all day. The Garden Terrace is a space for conversation and contemplation over tea, cocktails or wine. It offers an oasis, away from the crowded places of the city and into a very relaxed garden-lush setting.

The wine list is hand-selected by Duddell’s co-founder and wine expert Paulo Pong focusing on classic old world wines with mature and drinkable vintages. Featuring prominently on the menu are Chateau Mouton Rothschild wines whose labels are dedicated to art with important international artists including Picasso, Andy Warhol, Chagall, as well as Chinese artists Xu Lei and Gu Gan commissioned to create the labels. In addition, Duddell’s offers a selection of all of Bordeaux’s First Growths and other notable producers such as Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Faiveley and J .L. Chave.

Award-winning Mixologist Alexandre Chatté creates a unique beverage direction with a dynamic menu of vintage cocktails. The Special Administrative Sazerac House is a blend of Cognac and rye whisky, aged in bamboo, flavoured with Szechuan peppercorn sugar, hibiscus and absinth, which gives customers a hint of China in their glass. Gong Bi Mary is a home-made Bloody Mary mix of soy, oyster and, xo sauces, Szechuan chilli peppers finished with lemon juice, pepper vodka, yellow bell pepper and tomato juice, inspired by an old Chinese painting technique. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Reviver made with gin, triple sec, Lillet Blanc, sour and cooked mao tai with green tea mist is a nod to the founding father of the Republic of China. The 5 Spice Margarita, inspired by the traditional five Chinese cooking spices, is created with cinnamon and vanilla tequila, fennel seed, clove, triple sec and grapefruit juice and is Duddell’s take on the classic Margarita cocktail.

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