Today, I had an amazing meal. If you have not yet done yourself the favor of experiencing the Revitalizing Menu at the Upper House, please put yourself in Chef Gray Kunz’s capable hands. You can thank me later. When I first became acquainted with Café Gray Deluxe, it was because of its position as an iconic culinary fixture in the city; they were even one of the first restaurants in Hong Kong to begin serving sustainable seafood. And so, when they announce earlier this summer that they were making a vegan-vegetarian centric organic menu, I knew I would have to make it a point to visit. In this bustling city, finding this kind of food quality is not as readily available as some would like. Taking a passionate interest in food sustainability and empowering a more plant-centered palate in Asia is becoming more cutting edge, and will only continue to grow.
I’m so encouraged to see how Chef Gray Kunz is aiming to create a food community where we can really trust each other again, that who’s preparing our meals actually have out best interests at heart. The Revitalising Menu has only been available since June, but if you’re looking for some beautiful, organic, gluten free, vegan fare, you’re in luck: this is going to be a regular feature on the menu and will shift with the seasons. Chef Gray has made it a point to cater to those with craving wholesome-flavors, as well as those who are seeking a cleaner way to eat out of the home, due to allergies and as this need has risen exponentially, it’s exciting to see who’s stepping up to offer amazing, healthy, and sustainable fare.
As I sat down to my Organic Tomato Crudo and Candied Kelp, Whole-Roasted Cauliflower with Spiced Dukkah, Lemon Coulis and Buckwheat, I was reminded how wonderful vegetables can really taste. The tomatoes were perfect ripened, juicy and full of that kiss of sunshine that good tomatoes have. The Whole roasted cauliflower was a stunning, earthy combination, with its bed of plump pearls of buckweat paired with the lemon coulis and the sesame in the dukkah: such a luscious dish, homey and warming.
I highly recommend taking their advice and trying the Organic Bitter Chocolate and Coconut with Seasonal Berries. I’m not always a chocolate kind of person, but I could hardly resist this creamy confection. It’s a classic pairing: chocolate-coconut, but somehow this felt fresh and exciting, the combinations of textures was elegant and even understated in a way. Everything about it felt like it snuck up on me, and even later that evening, I wanted just one more bite.