It’s been a spectacularly fruitful time since my last post, with trips to the Icehotel in Sweden, scuba diving in Palau, and even an expedition in Antarctica. I admit, I’ve been a bit lazy in posting, but I’ve decided to FINALLY break the lull with Once Upon a Table, Hong Kong’s version of a secret dining society or supper club–something akin to the pop up dinners of Wolvesmouth, LudoBites, and Pheast in LA.
I admit, anything Michelin in Hong Kong has largely bored me, and the food scene here has been relatively unsatisfying outside of my time exploring the private kitchen scene, but Once Upon a Table caught my eye as something a bit quirky and interesting. Basically, four amateur chefs and a sommelier try to tell stories through the medium of a meal, and a secret list of members gather each time to partake, each time at a different location somewhere in Hong Kong.
My particular visit to Once Upon a Table was centered around the theme of “It’s Riesling Time,” which aimed to demonstrate the ability of riesling to pair with a breadth of dishes, from scallop crudo and fish tacos, to liver pate on gingerbread and cheese. I didn’t quite think all the rieslings paired perfectly, especially with the cheeses, but there were some winners, including my favourite dish of the evening–the homemade riesling pate on freshly baked gingerbread, which was kicked up a notch by a pairing from Alsace. Overall, kudos on the concept. Kudos on the dishes. And kudos for a good effort in trying to do some interesting pairings and getting a bunch of foodies together to enjoy. For anyone who hasn’t gone yet, you should definitely check it out. Probably catch you there next time!