Cépage, the Hong Kong arm of Singapore-based Les Amis group, won its first Michelin star last year and, in recent months, has extended facilities on its premises further by opening barcepage, a rooftop alfresco wine bar, and Vinum Fine Wines, a wine merchant.
With comfortable lounge seating for up to 30 in a garden setting, barcepage is well suited to small gatherings, events and private parties, and meeting the needs of smokers and cigar aficionados chased out of the air-conditioning by the law.
Seafood on the rooftop menu includes tiger prawns, wrapped in feuille de brick with basil (HK$98), and Loch Fyne smoked salmon, with filo cone stuffed with horseradish mousse (HK$148). Other canapes featured include Panko breadcrumb-crusted pigeon leg stuffed with foie gras with black truffle mayonnaise (HK$158), Japanese beef carpaccio with Amalfi lemon, rocket and parmesan (HK$165), and Charcuteria-style Joselito, Salchichon, Longaniza and Jamon "Gran Reserva" hams, all served with home-made toasted farmer's bread (HK$150).
Also available are "Bella di Cerignola" cheese crackers, with green olives (HK$150), spicy home-made chilli pepper stuffed with tuna with baguette crouton (HK$150), and Comte cheese croquette with Perigord truffle (HK$88).
Occupying 800 sqft on the ground floor, Vinum Fine Wines offers about 400 premium labels, and specialises in wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, Champagne and Sauternes, and Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia and California.