This summer, Maison Veuve Clicquot, aqua and Armani/aqua are introducing Colorama, a three-course set menu ($1,628) available until the end of August 2018. It’s been crafted by aqua chef Alberto Hernandez, who has over 25 years of experience at some of the world’s finest restaurants including elBulli in Spain.
Colorama is a feast for both the eyes and taste buds. The innovative dishes represent the iconic sunburst yellow and rose colours of Veuve Clicquot and are inspired by three signature cuvées: Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old and Veuve Clicquot Rosé.
I believe that the overall dining experience is as significant, if not more important, than the food itself. For me, a stellar dining experience is one that includes excellent service, an inviting ambience and playful interaction with the food – all of which Colorama achieved (and then some!).
The view from aqua is nothing short of breathtaking. With ultra-stylish interiors and an innovative menu, aqua embodies the definition of dining with a view.
A colour chart is used for the menu! See the colour swatches? Spoiler alert: each dish is inspired by one of the colours here.
The starter, Japanese oyster and scallop ceviche ($438), pays tribute to the 1877-registered Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. This plate plays with hues of yellow and orange by using ingredients like grapefruit, fish roe, pumpkin purée and saffron cream. I’m used to eating my oysters with a spritz of fresh lemon juice, but the bed of pumpkin purée was the X factor in this dish.
We were able to personalise our dish using saffron cream inspired by Veuve Clicquot’s signature sunshine yellow. Did I mention that the saffron cream was presented in a paint tube? Cute!
The main, slow-cooked Norwegian salmon with Mazara king prawn and Osetra caviar ($780), was elegantly plated with a stroke of squid ink. This dish was paired with Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old, a citrusy champagne with notes of ripe stone fruits.
Paying homage to the signature light pink colour of Veuve Clicquot Rosé, the Amarena cloud cheesecake ($438) was presented on a paint palette and framed with an assortment of pink-hued sauces. As its name suggests, this dessert tasted as soft as a cloud and was a beautiful end to a beautiful meal.
All good things come to an end, and I was dreading the end of this dining experience, which brought me to new culinary heights.
More exciting news: aqua is inviting you to extend your Colorama experience by creating your own digital masterpiece! Take your most creative selfie next to the restaurant’s Colorama instillation, tag your image with the hashtags #veuvecliquothk and #aquahongkong and share it. Every week, the best pic will be rewarded with a Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Magnum.
Wait – so all I have to do is eat and take a selfie and I might win a bottle of champagne? I’m in.
aqua: 29–30/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, TST, 3427 2288, book online
Armani/aqua: 2/F, LANDMARK CHATER, 8 Connaught Road Central, Central, 3583 2828, book online
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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