World-famous chef Alain Ducasse to debut Rech restaurant at Intercontinental Hong Kong, mid-February 2017
Alain Ducasse Entreprise and InterContinental Hong Kong are thrilled to debut a new restaurant identity: Rech by Alain Ducasse within the former SPOON restaurant space which will be newly renovated. SPOON by Alain Ducasse, which opened in 2003, had its last night of service on January 1, 2017. The Rech opening is planned for mid-February 2017.
In Paris, Rech is one of the city’s most famous seafood restaurants. It was created in 1925 by Adrien Rech, who arrived in Paris from Alsace. He first opened a grocery store that soon became a stylish café-restaurant where customers came to enjoy oysters from all around France, with seafood stalls, abundant with fresh shellfish just outside. Very quickly the reputation of the restaurant grew all around Paris; and an institution was born.
The restaurant was reborn, thanks to Alain Ducasse who took it over in 2007. As per Mr. Ducasse, “To appreciate beautiful seafood is to appreciate its personality by knowing how to adapt the cooking process to reveal all the subtlety of flavours, unique to its own.”
The menu is an invitation to dive into the big blue - with inspired, passionate and creative dishes that change with the tides and the seasons, adapting to what the sea has to offer. From the freshest oysters and fish directly from France, to appetizers such as “Quick-sautéed baby squid with sea-scented herbs”; “Blue lobster, courgettes & currants” and “Thinly sliced sea bream, cucumber & ginger”, seafood is the key attraction. Highlighted entrées include “Pan-seared line-caught sole, new potatoes” (a Rech signature dish); “Baked John Dory, baby Swiss chard & confit lemon” and “Oven-baked gilt-head bream, tomatoes with pesto”. The signature dessert is "XL éclair, chocolate or coffee".
Rech by Alain Ducasse at InterContinental Hong Kong will be the first outpost outside France. It promises to feature the best fish and shellfish with Chef Ducasse's personal interpretation and contemporary cuisine. Rech by Alain Ducasse will provide local and international guests with an unforgettable experience to enjoy the chef's exclusive know-how in preparing top quality fish and crustaceans in a modern and relaxed seaside-inspired ambiance with InterContinental Hong Kong's spectacular panoramic harbourviews.
As per InterContinental Hong Kong's General Manager Claus Pedersen, "We are delighted to continue our long-term partnership with Alain Ducasse Entreprise and to bring the first Rech restaurant outside of Paris to InterContinental Hong Kong."
Chef Stéphane Gortina, who has worked with Alain Ducasse for over 11 years at a diverse selection of his global restaurants (in Doha, St. Petersburg, Mauritius and Osaka, as well as Monte Carlo and Provence) will continue leading the kitchen. He will collaborate with Alain Ducasse on a menu that takes inspiration from the delectable seafood.
Marie Deroudilhe, who revamped the Parisian restaurant in 2012, will be in charge of the design of the Hong Kong outpost.
About Alain Ducasse Entreprise
Alain Ducasse Entreprise devotes itself with passion to the culinary pleasures and arts of hospitality in order to answer to the needs of its varied, mobile and international customers. The group keeps on developing new ideas and ensuring their circulation. This constant search for excellence relies on the particular talents of the men and women of the group, on the utmost quality of its products and on a complete knowledge of modern technologies.
At the head of his group, Alain Ducasse is at once a chef-creator, and an entrepreneur. As creator, he insists on offering a cuisine that is just right; as an entrepreneur, he implements a modern economic model, the transmission of his knowledge and a relevant vision of the food service and hospitality industry. For more information, visit alain-ducasse.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram.
About InterContinental Hong Kong
Internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s top hotels for business and leisure, the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star InterContinental Hong Kong has always been prized for its unrivalled views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. The hotel is also renowned for its luxurious accommodation, impeccable service and world-class restaurants.
A destination for exceptional dining, InterContinental Hong Kong was the first hotel to bring world famous chefs to Hong Kong with the opening of SPOON by Alain Ducasse in 2003 and NOBU in 2006. The hotel’s celebrated restaurants currently include the 2-Michelin star Yan Toh Heen, NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong, THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill and Harbourside. The stunning Lobby Lounge, one of the city’s most iconic meeting spaces, is the place for afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
With the opening of Rech by Alain Ducasse, InterContinental Hong Kong continues to bring exciting new world class dining concepts to Asia’s World City.