ARTIFACT, a Modern Japanese Cuisine counter dining experience that celebrates various forms of caviar masterminded by Michael Larkin, Beckaly Franks and Ezra Star, led by Japanese Chef Kiyoshi Sato, has now opened for lunch and dinner inside the recently opened BaseHall 02 in Central, with a speakeasy bar to follow in March 2023 adjacent to the counter dining space.
The new 14-seater counter dining experience highlights the diverse forms of caviar, paired harmoniously with premium ingredients flown direct from Japan. ARTIFACT presents an intricate chef’s degustation menu based on shun, the Japanese philosophy for seasonality, where the menu is constantly changing to incorporate the finest produce on the market.
Defined as a handmade object, or the remains of one, ARTIFACT takes pride in the craftwork that goes into the construction of each tasting menu. Celebrating the history and decadence of caviar in all its forms, ARTIFACT is now offering a set 4-course lunch menu and an 8-course dinner menu.
The four-course set begins with appetisers of Miso-Cheese-Baerii and Namerou-Goma-Kaluga Caviar, followed by a choice of entrée among Polmard Beef-Kaki-Potato or Obsiblue Prawn with ginger orange ponzu and oyster. For your main course, choose between courses of Hokkaido Pork-Carrot-Wakami or Toothfish-Kabocha-Razor Clams or Wagyu-Maitake Mushroom-Soy (with a supplement charge of HK$148), along with a traditional gohan (rice) and tamago (egg) to accompany the meal. Finish the set with a seasonal dessert, and upgrade the meal with a 3-glass wine pairing priced at +HK$388.
For dinner experience, savour a contemporary 8-course tasting menu with the option of adding on extra caviar for +HK$788. The menu highlights dishes such as Namerou – Goma -Kaluga caviar, Takoyaki -rakkyo green onion-Ossetra caviar, Carabineros-smoked miso cream-baerii caviar, and Kinmedai-Kabu-Yuzu, among other delectable courses. Guests may add on a 5-glass wine pairing for +HK$688 or non-alcoholic pairing for +HK$388.
ARTIFACT’s carefully curated wine list spans an international selection of Champagnes, rosés, whites and reds, available to sip by the glass or by the bottle. The smoky and vibrant R.H. Coutier Brut Tradition Grand Cru, Ambonnay or fruity Michel Gonet Blanc de Noir provides the perfect bubbly start to ARTIFACT’s caviar tasting menu, while rosé drinkers will revel in the biodynamic finesse of Gérard Bertrand Côte des Rose, Languedoc, France. White wines include a lush, round and delicate Dönnhoff, Riesling Kabinett, Nahe, Germany, fruity and herbaceous Livio Felluga Friulano Friuli Colli Orientali, Friuli, Italy, and sweet and creamy Bread & Butter, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, USA, among others. Red wines feature medium-bodied Pinot Noir such as Domaine Vincent Girardin, Volnay, 1er Cru Les Pitures, Burgundy, France and fleshy, luscious and full-bodied varieties such as Château Latour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Rouge, Graves, Bordeaux, France.
Chef Sato Kiyoshi has worked in the hospitality industry spanning over 15 years, bringing a wealth of experience from his time spent in Tokyo, Sydney, Singapore, London and Hong Kong. Sato’s strong leadership skills are owed to leading teams in five-star hotels, MICHELIN-rated and World’s 50 Best-ranking restaurants. With a love of Japanese food and culture, Sato oversaw all Japanese concepts for Pirata Group, namely Honjo and TMK. Afterwards, he pushed the creative boundaries of modern Japanese cuisine as the executive chef of Silencio, a modern Japanese izakaya concept. Switching to focus on development, Sato has been engaged with designing and building restaurant concepts with several up-and-coming restaurant groups across Southeast Asia.
Address: No, 1 & 2, Shop 5 & 7, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Hong Kong.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 15:00 | 18:00 to 23:00 | Sun Closed