When Chef Hideaki Sato announced his leaving from the much-acclaimed 2-Michelin Star restaurant Tenku Ryugin there was a lot of eyebrows raised. But it was a decision made by Chef Sato to start his own favorite restaurant Ta Vie. It means “Your life” in French and in his farewell letter to his staff in Tenku Ryugin that the reason for leaving is to start his dream project of combining French cuisine with Asian ingredients to create a unique dining experience. So when you step into Ta Vie, you can expect a menu list that combines both French and Asian cultures.
Located at the Pottinger Hotel that formerly housed the popular Holytan Grill, the location has gone through a complete overhaul for Ta Vie. The interiors come with a dark shade to add to the dramatic impact of the décor and the seats are shaped like cocoons. Ta Vie means “Journey” in Japanese and hence in the Ta Vie you can go on a magical culinary journey to discover some of the best food created by using some of the finest Asian ingredients and combined with some innovative French techniques.
To experience the ultimate dining experience at Ta Vie, you need to definitely go for the eight course seasonal menu that comprises of delicious dishes including Chef Hideaki Sato’s signature dish, the Sweet corn puffed mousse with aburi botan shrimp in shrimp broth jelly along with other items including the abalone with green asparagus puree and onsen egg, almond tofu with peach compote, fresh lychee, peach sorbet and oolong tea jelly and cauliflower puree with risoni and uni. The beverage offerings comes with a wide variety of selection including French wines, choices from many Asian vineyards along with cocktails and sake.