Beginning in August 2020, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will undergo an extensive six-month renovation of the five-star hotel’s 25th floor. The news is bittersweet as it sadly means we will have to bid farewell to Pierre, one of the city’s most celebrated two-Michelin-starred establishments, as well as the iconic M Bar. Man Wah, the hotel’s Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant, will also close temporarily. The good news is that Man Wah will be back after six months with a bigger and better space, expanding into the spot where M Bar stands now. The hotel will also make way for a brand-new dining concept, which will be revealed at a later date.
Another positive is that M Bar, Man Wah and Pierre will all be given proper send-offs, with special tasting menus and events that can be enjoyed until the end of July.
You’ll be able to savour M Bar’s signature cocktails and picturesque views until 31 July. Enjoy a menu complete with the bar’s most popular cocktails over the years and take in the atmosphere. On its last evening on the 31st, M Bar will host Lights Out at M Bar ($688), a fabulous farewell event that will feature canapés, live DJ entertainment and a glass of Krug champagne.
Man Wah is known for its beautiful, imperial-court-style interior and fine Cantonese fare. The restaurant has maintained its reputation since 1968, a truly impressive feat anywhere, let alone in Hong Kong’s fickle dining scene. We are relieved to find out that Man Wah will return early next year, but they certainly deserve a send- off before their temporary closure.
Chef Wing-Keung Wong will highlight Man Wah’s heritage with the eight-course All-Time Favourites dinner tasting menu ($3,288), available until 30 July. Chef Wong’s signature dishes will also be available in a five-course lunch menu ($888) and an eight-course dinner menu ($1,688).
On 31 July, Man Wah’s last night before it shuts for six months, guests are invited to enjoy the eight-course Salute to a Legend dinner tasting menu ($3,388), which includes a glass of Krug champagne.
Guests who book a table at Man Wah over the coming weeks will be invited to an exclusive tasting when the restaurant reopens with a fresh new look in January 2021.
After 14 years of exceptional French fine dining, celebrity chef Pierre Gagnaire’s Pierre will be sorely missed. Chef Gagnaire acknowledged the closure in a statement, saying, “I am honoured to have been embraced by Hong Kong’s dynamic dining scene the past 14 years. It has been a remarkable journey, and I will cherish the friends and memories that I have made.”
To honour these incredible 14 years, Chef Gagnaire and Chef de Cuisine Jacky Tauvry have designed a series of menus called Memoires of Pierre Gagnaire ($1,688 for 5 courses; $1,988 for 7 courses; $2,388 for 9 courses), available for dinner until 30 July. Guests can also opt for the Wine Not tasting menu ($888 for 3 courses; $1,288 for 5 courses), which will be available for Saturday lunch in June and July. Each course will be paired with wines selected by the resident sommelier.
For the ultimate celebration of Pierre, a final, fond farewell will take place with the nine-course Grand Finale ($4,988) on 31 July. This supremely luxe meal will include a degustation menu showcasing Chef Gagnaire’s most beloved dishes over the years, a glass of Krug champagne and a book by the chef to take home as a keepsake.
Watch this space for more details and updates on the Mandarin Oriental’s 25th floor revamp!
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