The Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, which is playing host to the world renowned chef, Thomas Keller, is making the most of his visit in terms of making profits. It seems that when people heard that Keller was coming to Hong Kong, they started booking in advance to get a taste of his scrumptious delicacies. The list that had gone upto 1000 has now shrunk to 500. The reason being the cost of the meal. The hotel is charging a whopping 6,477 Hong Kong dollars (US$835) a head for the 11-course dinner.
This figure is triple of what people have to pay (US$275) to enjoy the 9-course tasting menu at his Per Se restaurant in New York. This has broken the previous record of the most expensive meal here, which was Catalan chef Jordi Roca’s six-course tasting dinner that came in at HK$1,857 (without wine) and HK$2,847 (with wine).
The guests will get to savour Keller’s home-grown garden radishes along with Hawaiian “hearts of peach palm” salad, a signature sweet butter-poached Maine lobster, and for dessert-“M&M’s” (a double-chocolate brownie, candied Virginia peanuts, Madagascar vanilla-bean mousse and Mast Brothers chocolate ice cream) served with Tawny 20-year old port wine. The chef will be here on a four day visit from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 and will cook lunch and dinner every day.