Meaning 'mysterious' or 'understood by only a few’, the word ‘arcane’ conjures up images of magicians, secret societies and fantasy lands. This seems apt when it comes to modern European restaurant Arcane, as the food is being lauded by someone just as magical and owner and chef Shane Osborn is full of fantastical culinary secrets, all learned at some of the best restaurants in London and Hong Kong. Having helped Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied earn Michelin stars in the English capital, Australian-born chef Osborn arrived in Hong Kong to salvage an ailing St Betty’s at IFC mall in 2012 – and he quickly turned the European restaurant’s fortunes around, garnering a reputation as a chef with the Midas touch in the process.
Arcane is a cosy place, where friends, family, and business associates can be wined and dined. The offerings on the menu are solid, and Osborn does create some fab dishes that are worthy of praise. It's a space for those who understand the chef’s approach – and love it.