We love TABLE because it gives the Hong Kong dining scene a lesson in one of the more obscure corners of gastronomy: ingredient-based cuisine. This culinary practice has real clout among esoteric foodies around the world. It’s quite simple: scrutinise the provenance of your ingredients and submit them to a process of depuration (the removal of impurities) before preparing simple dishes that showcase the qualities of the ingredient at hand. Use not simply a fish, but a specific species of fish, for instance, and be sure to understand the specific characteristics of your particular fish while you’re at it. Sheung Wan’s TABLE, in The Pemberton building along Bonham Strand, is the place in the city to explore this gourmet phenomenon.
Though many other gourmet ingredients are used by TABLE’s talented chefs, the restaurant's particular focus when it comes to ingredient-based cuisine is seafood, a good angle to take in Hong Kong, where seafood ranks Poseidon-like as the king of the city’s dining scene. Committed to the depurated ingredient approach, seafood such as fresh oysters from France are placed in TABLE’s special purification tanks for at least 72 hours, leaching out any toxins and pollutants before they are delivered to the restaurant’s Bonham Strand premises in The Pemberton to be sensitively cooked and simply served. This is a Sheung Wan gourmet restaurant par excellence.
A good dish begins with good ingredients is the motto here at TABLE, but we’re overjoyed to be able to quip that perhaps it should be expanded into a good dish begins with good ingredients that have been taken care of by marine biologists. Yep, TABLE’s chefs are supported by a team of scientists schooled in the art of the freshest, purest fish. The weekday lunch set menu features customer favourites like the crabmeat au gratin in filo rose and the luxurious Boston lobster salad (this New England delicacy takes centre stage on the dedicated lobster set menu, too). Non-seafood highlights here include grilled US Angus ribeye and Japanese Kurobata pork, while TABLE’s executive lunch menu covers depurated oysters, aged jamon Iberico, quail and Hokkaido scallops, and neck of acorn-fed pork. The regular lunch menu and lunch pasta menus further expand TABLE’s offering into incredible salads – shaved abalone, marinated oyster and shiitake mushroom – and Italian pasta dishes featuring a cornucopia of top-shelf ingredients. Forget the rest of Hong Kong’s gourmet restaurants: it’s this Sheung Wan outpost of the ingredient-based cuisine revolution that you should be queueing up for.
Always Like this place. Food is just amazing ! The service is just right. Must try the seafood. They will pair you with good wine.
I love it. Fresh seafood. Good deco. Nice ambience. Reasonable price. Attentive service. I had a great lunch. Chef Sandy is very friendly and I can feel her passion in what she's doing.
Excellent food, beautifully presented in this gem of a restaurant. The food wasn't cheap but the Lobster Bosque was the pick of a delicious tasting menu.
I think this is one of the best western restaurants in town in the price range. We chose the tasting menu and I especially enjoyed the starters while there's room for improvement for mains. Service was very good too.
This was our second visit to this delightful restaurant. We opted for the light tasting menu, this was swiftly executed and beautifully presented. Flavours were light and well balanced. Service was attentive and what sets it apart from other (good) restaurants is that the chef engages with the customers to ensure they are happy with the food and overall experience. This is one of my favourite restaurants in HK.
A very enjoyable dining experience. Great emphasis on fresh and innovativelyrics prepared seafood dishes. An honour to meet Chef Sandy who takes an active interest in the views of patrons to the restaurant. Our only suggestions for improvement; service is good but too fast. Limited wine selection and even some of listed wines not available. Nice evening; would go again.