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April 16, 2010

Fit For a Prince

Alfie’s by KEE
Lavish bejeweled ornaments, the finest tailored suits, luxury timepieces, exquisite antiques from every corner of the globe. . . the Prince’s Building and its close surroundings have everything royalty could wish for. SEVVA first put it on the royal radar, and two new splendid dining spots have confirmed its place on the regal map. From the best English gastro-pub classics to sumptuously authentic Italian delights, both in sleek and opulent settings, princes and princesses are in for a sensory treat!

Alfie’s by KEE
In 1966, Michael Caine charmed the world with his Oscar-nominated performance. In 2004, Jude Law steamed up the screen as he revived the role opposite Sienna Miller. But 2010 reveals the most decadent, alluring show-stopping Alfie yet. . . Alfie’s by KEE! Located in a mezzanine level enclave within the new Alfred Dunhill store, the restaurant is the perfect uber-luxurious hideaway for the city’s power players. Interiors reflect the quintessential style of Dunhill with iconic British pieces, from bulldogs to bowler’s hats filling every corner, while the views are distinctly Hong Kong with floor to ceiling windows adjacent to the passing double-decker trams. Rich hues and tactile surfaces appeal to the senses at every turn. Seating is made of ostrich skin, throw pillows are the finest Dunhill cashmere, the opulent bar is adorned in dark woods and rich copper, inspiring modern art gazes out from the walls, and lush antique carpets line every step. And the exquisite taste continues all the way through the menu, with a quintessential English chef, fresh off a project with Jamie Oliver, turning out hearty and delightful British cuisine. Sink your teeth into starters like Ticklemore goat cheese, sage and caramelized onion tart, Warm leek and white bean salad, and H. Forman and Sons London cure smoked Scottish salmon. Mains like Cottage pie, Bangers and mash and Fish and chips are the classics at their best while Char grilled prime Angus filet steak and Free-range roast chicken have innovative melt-in-your-mouth twists. Desserts like Apple and raisin crumble, Eton mess and the Warm Weiss chocolate tart are equally decadent and delicious and a wine list selected by next-door neighbor Berry Bros. & Rudd always ensures the perfect pairing. Already melting hearts and inspiring heaving swoons all over town, Hong Kong’s own Alfie is set to be the sleekest and most scrumptious charmer of them all! (Alfred Dunhill, Mezzanine Floor, Prince’s Building 10 Chater Road, Central, 2530 4422)

8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana
Hailing from the much loved and sorely missed, legendary Toscana at the Ritz Carlton, chef Umberto Bombana is back with a highly anticipated and glorified return. Otto e Mezzo is only a stone’s throw away from the old Ritz, tucked into a perfect corner in Alexandra House, and is Bombana’s most personal and distinctive project to date. The dining room oozes with sophisticated elegance, the staff are impeccably turned out with service as suave as their stylish uniforms and the food. . . well, to say it was worth the wait would be an epic understatement. Each tantalizing dish is made with the finest quality ingredients and the expertise of a passionate and talented culinary maestro. Signature favourites include a lobster and mozzarella ‘salad’ with a Belon oyster in Bellini, Bombana’s homemade tagliatelle with intense pata negra pork ragu and wild fennel and Braised veal cheek with veal fillet on a barley ‘risotto’. Just when you thought your palette couldn’t be pleased any further, the dessert menu is presented and impossible to resist. Signatures include a delicate pear tart and rum baba with lemon sorbet and an orange and grapefruit salad with a hint of mint syrup. A wildly divine culinary treat, this restaurant is not only a celebration of the heartiest Italian cuisine but also of art, culture and life’s pleasures. 8 ½? Nah, in our eyes it scores no less than a perfect 10! (Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, Central, 2537 8859, http://www.otto-e-mezzo.com )

Cancel the summer homes in Europe and the yachts around the Mediterranean. . . the royal movers and shakers can come and visit you this summer, at the Prince’s Building and beyond!

**To view photos from Dim Sum & Then Some’s 3rd Anniversary Party, click here!



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