Hong Kong’s creative set relish Duddell’s flavour for food, art and its dynamic ambience, and now they can partake in the playful and fresh initiative, Dim Sum Dinner, at Duddell’s. Conceptualised in collaboration with local designers Paola Sinisterra and Ignacio Garcia, the new menu includes specially-curated sharing platters along with artisanal cocktails. Available in Duddell’s art-filled Salon, the collaboration promises some fun and funky surprises.
Reinventing the traditional Dim Sum experience to cater for the artists and creative types that are resident at Duddell’s every evening, as well as for those looking for a casual yet special dining experience, designers Paola and Ignacio have worked alongside the entire Duddell’s team to ensure that every detail is modernised yet respectful to the much-loved Cantonese tradition. From a menu collaboration with Chef Siu, an array of mix and match locally sourced and designed dinnerware to complement the sharing experience; down to the server’s dapper, made-to-measure uniforms; the team worked with local craftsmen to create something truly unique and unanticipated.
Teasing out the traditional Dim Sum service times, Chef Siu has crafted four authentic dim sum sets for the Dinners, fashioned with groups of four in mind: “Decadent Platter,” “Fiery Specialties,” “Delicate Morsels” and “Wholesome Bites.”
Duddell’s “Fiery Specialties,” available as part of Dim Sum Dinner
The Wholesome Bites (HK$530 for four persons), includes dishes such as Mushroom dumplings with black truffle, Crispy bean curd with spicy salt and Braised E-fu noodles with Enoki mushroom. Bite into Duddell’s Fiery Specialties (HK$850 for four persons) to savor Smoked duck breast with honey, Roasted suckling pig and Crispy salted chicken.
Alternatively, socialise over the Delicate Morsels (HK$380 for four persons) that boasts Shrimp dumpling with bird’s nest and Yunnan ham, Pork dumpling with scallop and crab coral and more. Finally, for Dim Sum enthusiasts with great taste there’s the Decadent Platter (HK$800 for four persons) option where guests will enjoy dishes such as the Shrimp dumpling with cabbage and conpoy, Braised vermicelli with seafood and egg white, Secret recipe fried chicken with shrimp paste and more. All of the platters arrive to the table on brass trays handmade by local artisans, a nod to both the history of the cuisine and its original service style.
In addition to the sharing platters which are also served at lunch, a special feature of the new Salon menu is the Duddell’s Peking Duck (HK$600), available only at dinner time and specially carved tableside and served with all the trimmings. Guests can also choose to order dim sum dishes a la carte, should they prefer, as well as a selection of Cantonese favourite dishes.
Rising to the occasion, Bar Manager Marek Vojcarcik has spiced up the drinks menu to include four new Punch Bowl sharing cocktails (priced at HK$750 for four persons). Each one complements a Dim Sum Dinner; The Stubbs a refreshing combination based on rye vodka and cold hibiscus tea is ideally placed withWholesome Bites; Duddell’s No.8’s sweet coconut, pisco and Chinese herb base elevates the Decadent Platter; whilst The Bohemian Becherovka liqueur, Pilsner Urquell and citrus flavours with spices balances the Fiery Specialties. The tongue-in-cheek Punch Me Honey, a sweet and calming Punch Bowl cocktail with cold chrysanthemum tea, organic cachaça and strawberries, is recommended alongside the Delicate Morsels. All of the new cocktail concoctions will be served in brass punch bowls, designed by the team and handcrafted by local artisans.
Yenn Wong, Founder of Duddell’s said, “The Dim Sum Dinner collaboration lets us connect art and people through casual Cantonese dining. Now, when guests join us for Dim Sum in the Salon they will be taking part in a larger narrative – a dialogue between Hong Kong customs and creativity. We’ve invited modern designers, and local ceramic and brass specialists to partake in this initiative with Chef Siu, and as a result, we are glad to make Dim Sum Dinner a permanent fixture at Duddell’s”.
Duddell’s “Delicate Morsels,” available as part of Dim Sum Dinner
Inside, on the walls of the Salon, a new exhibition ‘Here is Where We Meet,’ curated by Vivian Poon will satiate art lover’s senses further. The exhibit running till October 5th will consider the impact of ‘tradition’ on artists Chu Hing Wah, Ho Sin Tung, Lee Kit, Lui Chun Kwong, Wilson Shieh, and Tsang Chui Mei. A topic stimulating and weighty enough for guests to bite in to.
By dishing up Dim Sum Dinner, the art-focused establishment is answering to the new generation of young creative professionals and entrepreneurs who want quality dining but in a less traditional environment and who want to be stimulated by their surroundings at night and engaged in cultural and social conversation. The Duddell’s team, Paola and Ignacio, have certainly given them something to talk about.