Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ATUM desserant

ATUM attracted a lot of eyeballs when it first opened.  The concept is fun, and the creations are colorful and appeasing to the eyes.  I don't think there is any other place like it in Hong Kong, yet.  I definitely "liked" a lot of posts on my Instagram feed before coming here myself.  Yet, I have been warned it's one of those places where once is enough.

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The "Improvisation" reminds me a lot of Pollock's paintings.  Because we were seated in the corner and there were a few machines in between us and our server, we were "invited" to participate in our creation.  We were a little disappointed the managers did not handle our order but our server is sweet and fun so it was alright. 

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The whole "drawing" process took almost an hour.  We were given a handful of dried fruit to nibble along the way, which tasted just like space food I got from NASA.  Because of the lack of counter space, we were only provided with our teas after the dessert was completed.  The ingredients are actually very simple:  a few dallops of syrup, a handful of dried and fresh fruits, a few cubes of mocha and jello, a few spoonful of chocolate pudding, and a few broken pieces of crackers and a big piece of sorbet made with liquid nitrogen - walla~ "Thank you very much, your order came out to be HK$4xx.". 

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Starting off with a clean canvas...

We were offer a choice of white, grey, and black.
White seems to be the most popular choice but we chose black.
We think it stands out more in pictures.
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a variety of sauces and matcha powder...
... splashed randomly on the canvas
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fresh fruits, dried fruits, jello, and pudding, etc. strategically (?) placed
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Colorful crackers / wafers added to the mix
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Finally, nitrogen ice cream in the making
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With the sorbet set in place, the dessert is finally done.
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and our tea is brought to us... finally...

I guess it's not too bad for 3 people if you look at it as if you just went to a relaxing drawing class.  I'd admit I had a lot of fun taking pictures of our creation but honestly, would I return for the food?  The answer is unfortunately a "hell no".  This is a place to impress and have fun but the food left a lot to be desired.  This old Chinese saying just looped in my mind: 見面不如聞名.

ATUM desserant
16/F, The L. Square, No. 459-461 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣駱克道459-461號The L. Square 16樓
Tel: +852 2956 1411
Hours: Mon: 18:00-00:00; Tue-Sun: 13:00-00:00
Reservations are essential if you want to sit at the counter (to order Improvisation) and I think they no longer open on Mondays.

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