Central’s Twenty Six by Liberty will close its doors in March and relaunch as MIC by Liberty. If that name rings a bell, it’s because it’s taken from ‘demon chef’ Alvin Leung’s MIC Kitchen in Kwun Tong.
While MIC Kitchen has been known for its modern, molecular-tinged comfort food, MIC by Liberty is set to offer a more refined, prix-fixe, chef’s-table experience. Twenty Six’s executive chef Chris Keung – a Bo Innovation alum and chef de cuisine at MIC Kitchen when it won its first Michelin star – will continue to helm the open kitchen after the relaunch.
The new restaurant will pay homage to rice – ‘the ingredient that ties all Asian cuisines together,’ Keung explains. For the launch, Keung is planning a Korean-inspired degustation menu ($800, plus 10 percent) that will feature dishes such as yukhoe beef tartare, reimagined as a carpaccio with cured duck yolk, olive oil and pear sorbet. Also look out for a modern riff on traditional ginseng chicken, as well as a soju rum baba served with makgeolli-soy milk ice cream.
The exact relaunch date is still to be confirmed. Stay tuned for more details.