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Silencio: the trendiest new drinking den

by: Roseanne Lau
16 May 2019
Restaurant   Silencio
Address   6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
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Silencio, Le Comptoir’s newest contemporary izakaya concept, is conveniently housed in LKF Tower in what used to be the upper deck of happy hour hotspot Lily & Bloom. The cool and ambient interiors recreate the mood of a modern Japanese drinking den.

Formerly of Nobu Hong Kong, Executive Chef Sean Mell had the menu planned well before partnering with Le Comptoir. Upon meeting with the group, he presented them with about 25 menus and the partnership was signed and sealed within 48 hours. Yong Soo Do is the other half of the dual chef team, who was previously Chef de Cuisine of Korean restaurant Bib’n’Hops. From art by Tomoo Gokita on the walls to the live jazz music available every night of the week, this trio created a relaxed fine dining experience fit for the city’s trendiest crews.

With all dishes on Silencio’s menu designed to be shared, some notable choices were their Japanese izakaya dishes that draw inspiration from the chefs' background of different cuisines. 

The Onsen Egg, for example, is Sean’s Japanese rendition of a Caesar salad, with their house smoked ikura giving the aura of bacon bits, and the onsen egg and yuzu as the creamy dressing.

The Russian nigiri is topped with a generous amount of osetra caviar and gold flakes. While the French nigiri features foie gras torchon and has a surprisingly sweet note. 

Round off the evening with a sweet treat like the Matcha mousse cake. The green tea chocolate and red bean ice cream leans towards the texture of a bean purée than a fluffy ice cream, as if the kitchen freshly churned the beans that day. Before getting the bill, stay a while to sip on their sake whilst enjoying the live music; the melodies stream even into the loos so you don’t ever have to miss a beat.

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...stay a while to sip on their sake whilst enjoying the live music

— Roseanne Lau