Michelin Two Star French Chef Akrame Benallal Introduces “Atelier Vivanda” – The New Meat And Potatoes Concept Bistro From Paris This Summer
Michelin two star French Chef Akrame Benallal is poised to open Atelier Vivanda this June, introducing a contemporary French bistro where meat lovers can convene in a relaxing ambience, set in a butcher studio backdrop. Following its runaway success in 2012, Atelier Vivanda has spurred the opening of a second location, a third one this June in the City of Lights, while London, Brussels, Berlin and Saint Barthelemy are in the pipeline. Its popularity with food lovers and critics also been acknowledged by the France Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide in 2013 and 2015; Rue Lauriston in 2013 and Cherche Midi in 2015.
Atelier Vivanda Hong Kong follows the critically acclaimed and popular Michelin starred restaurant Akrame, and promises to present a stellar dining experience shining the spotlight on French classic combination of meat and potatoes. To be helmed by Chef Akrame and Chef Thibault Gilardi, as Chef de Cuisine, Atelier Vivanda finds its home in the hip and growing epicurean heart of Wanchai, Ship Street, only a few metres away from Chef Akrame’s Michelin one-star restaurant Akrame.
Michelin Two Star French Chef Akrame Benallal is poised to open Atelier Vivanda this June, introducing a contemporary French bistro where meat lovers can convene in a relaxing ambience, set in a butcher studio backdrop. Following its runaway success in 2012, Atelier Vivanda has spurred the opening of a second location, a third one this June in the City of Lights, while London, Brussels, Berlin and Saint Barthelemy in the pipeline. Its popularity with food lovers and critics also been acknowledged by the France Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide in 2013 and 2015; Rue Lauriston in 2013 and Cherche Midi in 2015.
“In Paris, Atelier Vivanda has attracted food lovers from all walks of life, from international celebrities to the everyday foodie. We are confident that in Hong Kong it will be a dining destination that brings together people from all different backgrounds, bound by one similarity: the love for high quality food,” said Chef Akrame.
The menu begins with starters which showcase the simple yet delicious taste of high quality meats, such as Thinly Sliced Smoked Beef Matured for 50 Days, a house specialty created by Chef Akrame’s unique recipe, and Iberian Pata Negra Bellota and Old Comte. L’Entree Au Choix (Entrée) highlights include Duck Leg Terrine with Vinegar Spring Onions, Veal Carpaccio and a Caesar Salad with Sesame and Cashew Nuts.
Chef Akrame opened his first restaurant outside of Paris early last year, restaurant Akrame Hong Kong, which earned him his first Michelin star outside of France within a few months of opening, affirming his status as an internationally acclaimed Chef who offers a world class gastronomic experience.
The main courses La Viande Au Choix comprises of a variety of meats including Black Angus Flank, Yellow Chicken Breast, and Iberian Pork Rib. Le Croquavor, Atelier Vivanda’s reinterpretation of the hamburger is the house’s specialty.
The delightful mains are complemented by L’Accompagnement Au Choix, which includes side dishes such as Pomme Dauphines and Gratin Dauphinois, showcasing the versatility of potatoes.
Dessert selections include Chef Akrame’s interpretation of Creme Brulee, Moelleux au Chocolat and Caramel Profitoclaire with quintessential French flavours.
Available for lunch and dinner diners can build their meal using Le Formule, which allows them to choose their preferred steak, unlimited servings of side dishes, and optional dessert.
Though the food brings a sense of familiarity to diners, Atelier Vivanda brings a different atmosphere and experience in Hong Kong, evoking the essence of eating in a butcher’s studio. Boasting a distinct French country village vibe, leather, stainless steel, and wood make up the foundation of the interior, whilst warm colours and decorations inspired by the rustic country side accent the restaurant.
“We hope to create a place where food lovers in Hong Kong can come together and enjoy creative and innovative cuisine in a casual setting. We have designed Atelier Vivanda as a place people will come back to – both for the food and for the atmosphere,” shares Chef Akrame.
To complement the renowned culinary team, award-winning Mixologist Reeve Yip is bringing extensive international experience and a fashionable flare from New York; he is the Portfolio Ambassador of Bacardi Martini Asia Pacific. Reeve completes Atelier Vivanda’s dining experience with one-of-a-kind aperitif concocted from premium quality spirits using contemporary technique, such as the French Shiso Swizzle and Daquiri de Chamomile.
Spread across 1,300 square feet of space, Atelier Vivanda accommodates up to 60 diners. Guests are invited to dine in a casual and intimate space, with large windows looking out the hip and trendy Ship Street. The simplicity of the experience mimics a home cooked meal. Food is served in traditional cooking pots, while Akrame branded cutlery such as the inspired Roman steak knife enriches the authenticity of the experiences.
A VIP room seating 12 allows for private dinner parties; and a lively bar area allows for interaction between guests while indulging in a happy hour cocktail or aperitif before a delectable meal.
Atelier Vivanda is located on G/F, 9A Ship Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong.