Top 5 Desserts in Hong Kong 2018

Fairly self-explanatory – my five favourite desserts in Hong Kong from 2018. As ever, better late than never… let’s say I was aiming for Chinese New Year instead, shall we?

Basically anything, Bakehouse

If you have even the mildest of passing interests in baked goods, Bakehouse is basically the most important opening in Hong Kong in the past decade (yes, nothing like a grand overblown statement to kick things off). Ever since bona fide pastry genius Gregoire Michaud left his position of Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hong Kong far too many years ago, carb addicts have been waited with baited hungry breath for him to open up his own bakery shop.

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Mamma Mia! @ Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts review

Dust off those dungarees, folks – Mamma Mia! is back in town.

I have to admit, my views on Mamma Mia have softened over the years. Whilst I have always wholeheartedly adored ABBA’s music (and if you cannot bring yourself to recognise its genius, we need to have words), I used to find the musical too thin, too cheesy, too ridiculous to be worthy of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ gold-plated songbook. But then I got over myself, the world went to hell in a handcart, and I suddenly found myself loving Mamma Mia for exactly all the reasons that I side-eyed it in the first place.

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Top 5 Desserts in Hong Kong 2017

Because it’s tradition that I feel the need to tell you my favourite desserts in Hong Kong every year… and also, that I don’t get round to writing my end-of-year list until the beginning of the new one!

Mr Rech, Rech

If I had to narrow this list down to just one favourite dish of 2017, it would be this – a truly revelatory whirlwind of dessert magic at the Intercontinental Hong Kong’s revamped Alain Ducasse restaurant.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert @ Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts review

The second that three divas descended from the ceiling belting out It’s Raining Men, I knew that Priscilla Queen of the Desert was going to be my kind of show.

Adapted from the 90s Aussie film starring Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and Terrence Stamp into a jukebox stage musical, Priscilla tells the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman’s journey across the Australian outback, and all the adventures (i.e. excuses for massive song-and-dance numbers) they encounter along the way.

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The Play That Goes Wrong @ Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts review

If you’re in desperate need of a laugh right now (and let’s face it, the way 2017 is going, who isn’t?), then get yourself down to see The Play That Goes Wrong stat.

This Olivier-winning, Edinburgh Fringe-to-West End-to-Broadway runaway hit represents farce in its purest form –it’s very silly, but very very funny. Taking the format of a play within a play, it sees amateur dramatic company Cornley Polytechnic attempting to stage a production of a (made-up) 1920s whodunit, The Murder At Haversham Manor. Murder mystery parodies and am-dram theatrics might be pretty easy comedy targets, and the slapstick is done with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer… but who cares when it is this much fun?

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Interview with Camille Goutal of Annick Goutal

A while ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Camille Goutal, daughter of legendary perfumer Annick Goutal, for a feature in Prestige magazine – which you can read here, if you’re so inclined. I found Camille a lovely, warm and gracious interviewee (especially since I imagine she gets asked many of these same questions for around a decade now!), and I loved how passionate she was about the evocative power of scent – she really gets the emotion and feelings behind creating and describing a scent, rather than just being all about whatever’s new or on-trend.

As always with these things, you put yourself through the torture of listening to your voice on repeat for hours to transcribe your interview, only to end up using about a third of your chat for print, so I thought I’d put up the whole thing for any fellow Annick Goutal lovers out there. Of course, I then forgot about this intention for about a year… but here it is now! And next time you’re met with a snooty perfume assistant, remember that, in Camille’s words, “You’re never wrong when you talk about fragrance!”

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Gaddi’s Chef’s Table at The Peninsula Hong Kong – my best meal of 2016

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Well, it’s February 2017 and I still haven’t had any mind-blowing meals this year… so I figured, why not finally write up one of the best meals I had in 2016 instead?

In a city stuffed with more fine dining experiences than the Michelin Guide can handle, it takes something truly special to stand out – and Gaddi’s Chef’s Table at The Peninsula Hong Kong is exactly that. Unlike many so-called chef tables in Hong Kong, the one at Gaddi’s is actually set inside the restaurant’s kitchen, right besides the chef’s pass; in fact, it’s the main kitchen for the majority of The Peninsula’s food operations, giving you a fascinating peek “behind the curtains” at one of the city’s most iconic hotels.

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