Asia’s Third Ranked Michelin Two Star Guest Chef Hiroyasu Kawate Lands at 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai

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6th March 2019, Asia’s Third Ranked Michelin Two Star Guest Chef Hiroyasu Kawate Lands at 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai is honored to invite 2-star Michelin restaurant Florilège (No.3, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan) chef Hiroyasu Kawate for a truly unique four-hands dinner collaboration that will encompass a gorgeous culinarily symphony composed of modern French and traditional Italian cuisine.

The two chefs will bring their most signature dishes– Chef Hiroyasu Kawate’s beef carpaccio “Sustainability” and Chef Riccardo La Perna’s “Sea Salt Baked Atlantic Turbot” to the menu and will welcome the arrival of spring and the black truffle season with the use of high-quality black truffle with fresh seafood to present this rarest natural flavor.

This will be the first collaboration between 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai and a Japanese celebrity guest Chef, which brings about a unique opportunity for authentic Italian and Japanese styled French cuisine to meet.

Asia’s Most Popular Chef Highlights Harmonious Sustainable dishes

Chef Hiroyasu Kawate is well-known by his popularity but also by his culinary technics. The name of his restaurant Florilège means a flowery collection of poems. What chef Hiroyasu Kawate seeks to do is in essence write stunning poems for his clients through his signature culinary dishes.

After receiving the “One To Watch Award” in 2016, Florilège soon attracted tremendous worldwide attention. In 2017, Florilège entered Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ranked at No.14, then leaped up to No.3 the following year. Florilège is consistently ranked in World’s 50 Best Restaurants which increases steadily each year, which has earned them two Michelin stars in 2018 and 2019. Florilège is considered one of the hottest restaurants in Tokyo.

Another merit of Chef Hiroyasu Kawate is that he strives to contribute to society through modifying his culinary ways and advocating non-food wastage. The main course for this four-hands dinner is Kawate San’s most signature dish- beef carpaccio “Sustainability”. In Japan, sustainable beef carpaccio is made with meat from Miyazaki cows that are slaughtered at 13 years old (that’s 4-5 times older than most are when they meet their maker, allowing them to calve five or six times before they go to slaughter). The colorful dish includes beetroot purée, smoked potato purée, Parsley oil and miso rice galette on top with Dashi.

About Florilège / Chef Hiroyasu Kawate

Chef Hiroyasu Kawate was born into a family of cooking and started his cooking career at a very early age. He has learnt his trade in many well-known and famous French restaurants in Tokyo and studied the art of French cuisine in France at Le Jardin Des Sens (Michelin 3-star restaurant) owned by Pourcel brothers. Upon returning to his hometown in Japan, he took up a post at Quintessence – the most famous French restaurant in Japan – which raised from a Michelin 2-star restaurant to a Michelin 3-star restaurant after his arrival.

Florilège is the first restaurant he has opened after departing Quintessence. The restaurant focuses on modern French cuisine with traditional spirit, whilst maintaining amazing creativity and Chef Kawate’s idea of “making the world a better place through food”.

About 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA / Chef Riccardo La Perna

Chef Riccardo La Perna owns important experiences in 5-star hotels and prestigious fine dining restaurants in Italy and abroad such as; the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong‎, Park Hyatt Milan, Ristorante Sadler Milan, and in Beijing. Chef Bombana has been joined by talented Chef Riccardo La Perna at the helm of the 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai kitchen to deliver tantalizing delicacies and new inspiration to the Shanghai connoisseurs. Under his leadership, 8 1⁄2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai have received a third consecutive Michelin two stars from 2016.




Restaurant Information

Address:6th-7th floor, Associate Mission Building, No. 169, Yuanmingyuan Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai


Tel:021 – 60872890


Instagram: @ ottoemezzobombanashanghai


About 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai

In January 2010 Bombana opened 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, to delight the gourmet palates again with his unique sophisticated and yet contemporary culinary creations. The Hong Kong Restaurant is strategically located in the heart of Central, in the elegant Landmark Alexandra, and has become the hottest high-end fine dining spot in town. The restaurant name selected personally by Bombana as a tribute to his favorite Italian film director Federico Fellini’s 1963 autobiographical movie “8 1/2”, is a celebration of Italian lifestyle, art and an invitation to discover the Italian philosophy and pleasures.

After almost 20 years in Asia, Chef Patron Umberto Bombana has decided to make his first appearance in Mainland China and he has chosen one of the most unique and exclusive location in Shanghai : the Rockbund.

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai has opened in February 2012 and is already leaving a mark in the Shanghainese Restaurant “scenario”.


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