Soho’s 12,000 Francs: a New Restaurant Obsessed with Food Preservation
Celebrated for his vibrant takes on food preservation, chef Conor Beach, previously at Le Comptoir’s Balinese restaurant Tri is switching gears from exotic Indonesian to colorful European cuisine at his new restaurant in Soho.
Named after the Imperial cash prize offered by Napoleon Bonaparte for the creation of a food preservation method for his army back in 1795, 12,000 Francs is a contemporary European restaurant on Elgin Street. Operated by Chris Woodyard and Bronwyn Cheung, the husband-and-wife team that brought Elements’ Madam S’ate, the food-preservation themed restaurant takes inspiration from International cuisines with a new twist.
Chef Beach incorporates old and new preservation methods, dividing the menu into different sections, each highlighting specific means of preparation such as pickling, smoking, and salting, among many. The new establishment takes prides in its collection of house-preserved items, including sourdough bread, charcuterie and terrines. The seasonal menu celebrates rich flavours from chef Beach’s housemade items, featured in dishes such as:
- Smoked coral trout and tiger prawn rillettes
- Homemade merguez sausage with onion
- Short-rib pastrami with barley and rye
- Cote de boeuf with whisky and cocoa nib butter emulsion
- Suckling pig shoulder, served in the pan
12,000 Francs, G/F Elgin Building, 43A Elgin Street, Soho, Central; +852 2529 3100