Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: Shop 8, 1/F The Podium, J.Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai 灣仔莊士敦道60號1樓8號舖

Telephone: 2527 2558

Madam Sixty Ate是一家很有藝術氣息的餐廳。餐廳的主題圍繞著一位女士的奇怪故事,餐廳內的超現實油畫,以及特別的菜式名稱,都是與這主題有關的。食物方面,用料的配搭很不尋常,可能不是每個人都喜歡或接受,但如果能抱著開放的心態來享受一頓氣氛新奇古怪的晚飯,便會覺得挺有趣的。菜式份量不大,但價錢不算貴,大約每位$400-$500。

We wanted to organise a special, remarkable dinner for my friend G‘s bachelorette party, so we picked Madam Sixty Ate.

Located in the J Senses building in Wanchai, Madam Sixty Ate is a sleek, modern restaurant run by Woolly Pig Concepts, a company founded by husband-and-wife duo, Chris Woodyard and Bronwyn Cheung. Chris Woodyard, Chef Director of the restaurant, was the former culinary director at the W Hong Kong and chef-owner of Three Clicks West in Annandale, Australia.

 The theme of the restaurant, including its decor and its menu, is based on the eccentric adventures of a fictional madame. The restaurant comprises a library-like lounge area and a main dining room with an open kitchen, both of which are adorned with surrealist paintings and whimsical, mismatched furniture.We booked the Chef’s Table that night, and each ordered a three-course set dinner at $438 per person.

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(1) We thoroughly enjoyed these passion fruit shots, which were sweet and fruity yet punchy!

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(2) Our culinary journey started with Joseph’s bowl of cherries – a beautifully crafted appetiser of foie gras and duck rillettes, moulded to look like a bowl of fresh cherries. We found the pickled cherry flavour a tad too sour, but otherwise it was pleasant.

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(3) The Octopus followed. Beautifully grilled octopus and squids were dressed with an agreeable tangerine tonic.

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(4) The Dungeness crab salad was delicate and fresh, and the pink grapefruit mousse and avocado and ginger pearls added gentle flavours and creamy elements to the dish.

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(5) Next was the Eliza in Black & White – the pork belly was gorgeously crispy on the surface, and the white beer gel was complementary with the meaty flavours.

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(6) The Wagyu top sirloin was quite tender, and its flavours were complemented by some interesting “coffee flavoured soil”.

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(7) The Pan roasted halibut looked pretty, and was nicely lifted by a touch of grapefruit.

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(8) A French pigeon and black pudding with blackberry gel came next. The pigeon had a good bite, and the goat cheese pastry was delightfully crunchy.

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(9) There were suckling pig, house made black pudding and pork rinds in 3 moods of Eliza. The meat could have been slightly more tender, but the suckling pig’s skin was a job well done, and the crispy pork rinds were moreish.

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(10) An interestingly-named dessert, The Edible Pornstar, made its way to our table. Passion fruit panna cotta, vanilla poached lychee, coconut sorbet, “pornstar foam” and coconut meringues made for a symphony of tropical, fruity flavours.

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(11)  The Eton Mess, with strawberries and meringue soaked in an alcoholic syrup, had quite an alcoholic kick. The pink-and-white composition looked very pleasing to the eye, but we wished it was sweeter in order to help satiate our sweet tooth!

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(12) As it was G‘s hens night, Chris very kindly invited me and the bride-to-be into the kitchen to create our own Smoked peanut butter dacquoise with chocolate ganache, burnt bananas, banana ice cream and coffee.

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The dessert was very easy to make – we basically just had to lightly torch the bananas and the marshmallows and arrange the ingredients nicely on a plate. The bride-to-be was handling this very gracefully!

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I could be biased because I made this dessert myself, but it was the star of the night for me. The mouthwatering flavours of peanut butter, banana and coffee worked terrifically together, and there was a good variety of textures. 

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The cuisine at Madam Sixty Ate was interesting in a baffling, de-constructed way. Each dish was a piece of edible art that offered a mélange of flavours designed to inspire and tantalise your taste buds. You won’t find a hearty plate of pasta or piece of steak here, but you will have a disorientating dining experience that is different from what you get at other other restaurants (this place is so disorientating that even its website confuses me). Flavours can be unusual, and you may or may not agree with the combinations, but what’s the harm in trying? Madam Sixty Ate is the quirkiest restaurant I have visited in Hong Kong so far, and I mean this as a compliment.