This September, step into Tatler Dining Kitchen and you’re no longer in Japan, but a whole other realm where verdant greenery and the aromatic notes of freshly ground spices intermingle. Following the completion of the Uza by Nikushou pop-up in August, the Central dining room space at Haus has been transformed for its next chapter, showcasing the power and intrigue of Hong Kong’s best female chefs and the world of Perrier-Joüet.
From 8-18 September, talented chef Samaira Kavatkar, aka The Bombay East Indian Girl, will pay tribute to her roots in cosmopolitan Mumbai (Bombay), where she grew up in an East Indian Catholic family. Kavatkar, who was identified as one of Tatler Dining’s rising stars in 2020, has been a quiet force on the city’s F&B scene, forging her own path with a powerful culinary narrative that brings together East Indian flavours with sprinkles of Portuguese influence. Her creative cooking style is precise and refined, with fresh seasonal produce parlayed into beautifully intricate dishes that are multi-layered and complex. A staunch believer in making all her spice blends, pickles, chutneys and marinades from scratch, Kavatkar represents slow food at its best, where each element on the plate is carefully considered and created.
To match with Kavatkar’s sparkling cuisine, a Perrier-Joüet champagne pairing has been designed to bring out the best of both food and wine, in a delicate dance of aroma, taste and texture. Kavatkar’s ceviche-like dish of prawn bhel, a vibrant chilled starter that sings of freshness and acidity, is matched with a deeply umami prawn cracker and Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs NV. Another stellar pairing is that of heirloom tomato and burrata with The Bombay East Indian Girl’s special chatpata chutney, expertly paired with Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV—the subtle strawberry notes a true match with the sweetness of tomato and gentle creaminess of the burrata, with the zinginess of the coriander-based chutney creating a frisson of tension between the two.
Diners arriving at Tatler Dining Kitchen will also be immersed into a world of nature with Perrier-Joüet’s Curiosity Cloud installation, a specially commissioned piece designed by Misher’Traxler that is on display in Hong Kong for the very first time. While we won’t ruin the surprise, the interactive exhibit celebrates the connection between humans and nature, with a touch of whimsy. Guests who scan a QR code on site will also be invited to immerse themselves in the art of nature through a special AR experience.
The Bombay East Indian Girl menu is priced at HK$1,580 per person and a curated Perrier-Joüet champagne flight can be added for just HK$800 per person. Reservations can be made here.