Last weekend we were invited to spend the evening at “Breeze,” Frankfurt’s latest stylish restaurant by Lebua Hotels and Resorts. With a progressive ethos and a prestigious group of innovative hotels and restaurants located around the world, Lebua is a luxury brand that thinks a little differently. Aiming to go beyond simply offering just excellent service and luxurious decor – they seek to combine unique design, ambience and that extra little special something to create an ’emotional connection’ with the customer. I was definitely intrigued.
Whatever their secret is, it seems to be working – their hotels and restaurants have worldwide recognition, gained numerous awards and they all stand out from the crowd. For example, Sky Bar and Sirocco – their iconic Bangkok rooftop restaurant – is the world’s highest and is so impressive it was even used as the backdrop for the Hangover 2 movie and Breeze in Bangkok was included in USA Today’s “Top 10 most cutting-edge restaurants.”
The newly opened Breeze Frankfurt, the first Lebua restaurant and bar in Europe, looks set to follow on the same path. Located in a basement of the prestigious five star Steigenberger Hotel its unassuming entrance belies its sleek, chic and achingly sexy Asian style interiors. Upon entering, a dark walkway illuminated by tiny lights floats above a shallow pool and this leads into a cocktail bar where affable mixologists handcraft their latest experimental creations. Soothing ambient music permeates the series of dimly lit alcoves which provide the seating areas. It really is a very cool place indeed.
The restaurant – which follows the same sleek, dark design – is located beyond the cocktail bar and the limited number of tables gives an air of exclusivity and intimacy. It’s here where Culinary Creative Director Sam Leong (whose prestigious past customers include Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II) aims to work his magic to bring a world-class dining experience to Frankfurt.
The menu is an authentic but innovative Asian cuisine with clear influences from both China and South East Asia and we were treated to the à la carte tasting menus choreographed by Culinary Creative Director Sam Leong and performed by Chef Poon Kam Loong. The five-course menu arrived in a series of immaculately presented small dishes courtesy of enthusiastic waiters who are clearly passionate about their chosen profession. The result is a very unique and quite a thrilling dining experience!
I was served the vegetarian gluten-free version of the tasting menu and I was very impressed how well they catered for my tricky dietary requirements but the rest of our group was presented with Wagyu beef, a fillet of black cod served with a little reduction of black vinegar and crispy golden Thai chicken. We were all served deliciously aromatic ginger and spring onion fried rice as a side to our main and my personal favourite, a dessert of dehydrated chocolate, Mandarin orange chaniitl, Shichuan pepper sorbet and a citrus mist which was again exceptionally presented. With excellent food, service, design and ambience the first Breeze in Europe is indeed an unforgettable experience, I just hope Frankfurt knows just how lucky it is…