Béni, a French-Japanese fine dining restaurant, reminds us of its sister establishment next door, Hashida Garo. Watching chef de cuisine Kenji Yamanaka—who combines French food with the delicate aesthetics of Japanese culinary art—put the final touches on a slice of grilled Spanish mackerel with tweezers is akin to a viewing tea ceremony host’s methodical actions in a Japanese tea ritual. With just counter-style dining in this 14-seater, the vibe here reminds us of a sushi-ya. Instead of wines, opt to pair your meal with Royal Blue Tea: the beverage is infused for three to six days with the mizudashi cold-brewing method, cold-filtered, stored in dark glass bottles away from sunlight and served in wine glasses.
Degustation lunch menu priced at $128 or $228, degustation dinner menu priced at $298.
333 Orchard Road, #04-16B Mandarin Gallery. Tel: 6235 2285