Gaddi's at night
|Head chef||Xavier Boyer|
Gaddi's is a French haute cuisine restaurant situated in The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel. It was opened in 1953 and named after a former general manager of The Peninsula, Leo Gaddi. The current executive chef is Rémi Van Peteghem. The former executive chef was Philip Sedgwick, the first British head chef of Gaddi's.
The decor is meant to evoke old Hong Kong and the hotel's original 1928 neoclassical architecture. It has a European dining room, with two six-foot crystal-and-silver chandeliers from Paris, Tai Ping carpets, and a Chinese coromandel screen dating from 1670.
Examples of past dishes include:
- Raw-marinated foie gras with toasted brioche
- Twice-cooked pork belly with mustard risotto
- Bitter herb salad and balsamico sauce
- Specially selected American Black Angus Sirloin baked in a rosemary and salt crust with pea puree
- Roquefort fritters and pan-fried rye bread with melted Camembert and oscietra caviar
There is a ten course tasting menu which lets the diners taste a sample of many of Gaddi's famous dishes.
In a 2006 Independent feature on romantic dining, author Alexandra Antonioni wrote:
"They don't make restaurants like this any more and everyone should dine at Gaddi's at least once in their lifetime. Nothing can touch it for glamour and sheer indulgence."
In 2010, the restaurant was listed as the 'Best gourmet restaurant' on the Hong Kong Best Eats 2010 list compiled by CNN Travel.
- Frank Gray, "Peninsula Hotel", Cigar Aficionado, Winter 1996. Online version
- Alexandra Antonioni, "Valentines' Special: Alexandra Antonioni's recipes for love", The Independent, 12 February 2006. Online version
- "Winners of Hong Kong Best Eats 2010: The best of the best of our selection of Hong Kong's most noteworthy dishes and restaurants". CNN Travel. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
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