Everything has a story behind it, and the recipes to our favourite holiday dishes are no exception. So, to mark the festive season, we ask the celebrated chefs behind two of our favourite neighbourhood spots to share inspiration behind dishes they’ve dreamt up for their patrons this December.
Here, Esther Sham of Starstreet Precinct’s chic and contemporary French restaurant Maison ES, and Cary Docherty of The Upper House’s elevated Mediterranean dining experience Salisterra, share their stories.
1. Braised Beef Cheek by Cary Docherty, Salisterra
“This dish is braised ox cheek, Pommery mustard pomme purée, honey-glazed parsnips and crispy kale. It’s a perfect winter warmer — comfort food at its best with seasonal ingredients,” Chef Cary tells us.
For this holiday treat, Chef Cary was inspired by that very wintery city of London and the time he spent there with celebrated chef Jason Atherton at Maze. And in keeping with the slow cooking we love over the festive season, he says, the dish encourages people to use lesser-known cuts of beef.
Try this dish at Salisterra this December:
Level 49 The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty