Bringing a unique restaurant concept to Hong Kong’s dining scene is Tangram, located at the stylish, soon-to-open AKI Hong Kong – MGallery in Wan Chai.
Inspired by the beloved childhood puzzle game of the same name, Tangram combines individual culinary elements into an artistically refined complete picture, with a focus on “Japas” – Japanese-inspired tapas, alongside other international small plates, and creative global bento boxes for lunch.
The interactive breakfast menus begin with a range of self-pick items and a la carte combination breakfast. Start with options such as authentic dim sum, congee, cold cuts, salads, breakfast cereals and a selection of flaky pastries from the buffet, and follow this with a made-to-order main, including a classic Eggs Benedict and Avocado or Roasted Glazed Salmon.
Creatively reimagined Japanese-style bento boxes take centre stage at lunchtime, with a selection of enticing choices and inspired daily “Omakase appetizers” along with three different daily bento combinations, which are rotated seasonally to keep the excitement for guests.
Appetizers will be created daily based on Chef’s inspiration and followed by a three-dish bento. On one day for example you might choose between a western-style bento comprising a rare beef salad, red snapper with chorizo sauce; and zucchini fries with cheese. More Asian-style bentos include Sichuan chicken, bamboo jade and jicama with salad, seafood risotto, and honey roasted vegetables, or a Korean-style bulgogi beef with banchan and steamed brown rice. Finish lunch on a sweet note, with desserts Uji Matcha Cream Puff or Molten Chocolate Cake and it changes seasonally.
The star of Tangram is its inventive, contemporary tapas and Japanese-inspired ‘Japas’ showcasing an integration of Japanese cuisine, tapas and modern techniques and served from 3 pm onwards. The tapas menu is divided into eight engaging categories all focusing on smaller plates from around the world: Japas, Chef Specials, Tapas, Veggie, Crostini, Kushiyaki, Cheese and Ham.
“Japas” include Japanese-inspired items such as Hamachi Tataki, Sous Vide Wagyu Beef with ponzu sauce; and Yaki Onigiri with Poached Egg, while Chef’s Specials include such delights as Truffle Toast with Prosciutto Ham and Quail Egg, Arancini, rice ball with duck liver pate and spicy tomato relish; and Wagyu Beef Slider with chef’s signature bacon jam. There are also traditional Spanish-style tapas favourites such asgambas al ajillo and sauteed Spanish chorizo and potato, a range of kushiyaki (skewers) and a wide range of delectable ham, cheese and dessert.
“We transform the natural ingredients into a range of dishes with a balance of flavours and creativity,” says Executive Chef Keith Chan. “From our interactive breakfast to tantalizing lunch bento, through to innovative tapas in the evening, guests can create their own menu, in effect composing their own Tangram. There is no other restaurant like it in Hong Kong.”
Served from 3pm, the delicious tapas will be complemented by an exciting selection of sake cocktails, an extensive range of more than 60 premium sakes from the sake bar, and wines. There is also a very tempting buy-one-get-one-free offer on many drinks during the generous daily 3-7 pm Booze Time.
Bringing the concept together is the decor, with its traditional Japanese aesthetic of clean elegance, natural tones, and a ceiling reminiscent of tatami mats. The sunlit restaurant also features an open kitchen that highlights the mastery of its talented chefs
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