Rech by Alain Ducasse in Hong Kong Shut down today. Could it be the first of many closures of HK Starred Restaurants, when Coronavirus has no sign to stop?
One of the famous HK starred restaurants in a 5-star hotel closed down today, which has surprised the culinary world.
Since the Coronavirus outbreak, almost all walks of life have felt the pain. But starred restaurants, like Rech by Alain Ducasse, have been hit most.
Indeed, it’s sad to say goodbye to Rech . Also, we are missing the unobstructed harbour views and signature dishes there!
Rech by Alain Ducasse – HK Starred Restaurant
Since 1925, Rech has been a famous seafood restaurant from around France. The world famous chef Alain Ducasse acquired Rech in 2007. He then redesigned the restaurant in a pared-down style. White walls, mirrors and mosaic flooring. Still, Rech is elegant like years ago.
Chef Alain also breathed new life into Rech. The restaurant has become the hit with those who love seafood. For instance, the thick sole browned in salted butter is one of the signature dishes.
In 2017, the original space by SPOON in InterContinental Hotel was converted into RECH. It’s the first outpost of Rech by Alain Ducasse outside France.
Shortly after, Rech has successfully rooted in Hong Kong dining scene. Also, the restaurant has got the award of one-star Michelin since opening.
How HK Starred Restaurant to stay afloat?
In recent two months, Coronavirus has brought disruptions to restaurant business wherever it has started to spread.
Hong Kong is one of the first Asian cities with infected cases. The hardest hit by virus has gone to airlines, tourism, hotels and restaurants.
Among all, fine dining restaurants have felt the pain most, especially for hotel restaurants.
Meanwhile, there is no sign to end the virus spread. Even worse, the deadly virus has already spread around the globe. Many countries have imposed travelling restrictions on visitors from infected areas. As a result, travelling is not advisable.
Apparently, many starred restaurants in Hong Kong are losing money. Some of them have reduced food price to draw customers. For example, Yat Tung Heen (逸東軒) has launched a promotion of HK$38 for dim-sum which is only half of the normal price.
Apparently, most of the restaurants are still struggling to stay afloat. Hope they will ride over this tough tide soon!