New Restaurant: Rech by Alain Ducasse

New Restaurant: Rech by Alain Ducasse

We say au revoir to Spoon and bonjour to Rech, Alain Ducasse’s new seafood-focused restaurant at the InterContinental Hong Kong

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 28 Dec '16

The new year will start with a bang at the InterContinental, where Spoon by Alain Ducasse, which has held court there since its opening in 2003, will have its last night of service on 1 January 2017. Taking over the refurbished space in mid-February will be Rech by Alain Ducasse, the first outpost of Paris’ famed seafood restaurant outside France. (On a side note, we were surprised to learn that Spoon lost its Michelin star in the 2017 guide – this may explain why…)

Opened back in the 1920s, first as a grocery store, Rech was soon transformed into a stylish seafood restaurant, with oysters sourced from around France the stars of the show. Wonder chef Alain Ducasse took over the restaurant in 2007.

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The Hong Kong branch will continue the celebration of fish and shellfish in all their glory. Menu highlights include starters of baby squid with sea-scented herbs, blue lobster with courgette and currants and thinly sliced sea bream with cucumber and ginger. Entrées feature the likes of pan-seared line-caught sole with new potatoes, baked John Dory with baby Swiss chard and confit lemon and baked gilt-head bream with tomatoes and pesto. The signature dessert is a bit of a mouth-watering mystery: XL eclair, chocolate or coffee. Overseeing the Rech kitchen in HK will be Chef Stéphane Gortina, who has worked with Chef Ducasse for more than a decade at many of his global restaurants.

Will Rech be a dream come true for HK’s many dedicated seafood lovers? Watch this space for a review.

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