Text & Photography | Emily Lee
From the rooftop organic vegetable garden to bistro food prepared by executive members of Disciples Escoffier International, there’s something strangely satisfying about my visit to the IPC Foodlab. IPC Foodlab is all about taking an original approach to holistic dining, and it does an admirable job.
Tucked away in an unconventional industrial location in the Fanling suburb of Hong Kong, getting there is more difficult for some than others. For me it was a perfect excuse to get away from our office in the hectic Causeway Bay. I took a 60-minute MTR train ride to the Fanling station and from there it was an easy 5-minute taxi ride to the restaurant door.
Beneath the neat appearance of the restaurant is a multidisciplinary team of biologists, organic farmers and top French chefs. The restaurant offers a direct farm-to-table experience to guests – only that the “farm” in this case is located on the rooftop of the same building.** IPC Foodlab grows its own food with an interesting new take on organic farming. A number of the in-house developed device named “plant booster” are scattered around the plants and soil. The device is said “to generate a prescribed and stable PVA Field (Proton Vibration Alignment Field)”, which helps to improve the health and quality of the plants.
Behind all this science was the good food served at the restaurant – or perhaps it’s the other way around. Either way, my lunch was delicious despite the simplicity of the ingredients used. Juice and salad were both fresh– as in farm fresh– while The Coconut Risotto with Mango Chutney was moist and creamy. The food’s natural flavor came through beautifully in all of the dishes. Each dish tasted genuine and real, and the experience took me back to the good old days before all of the genetically altered produce took over our lives.
**IPC Foodlab also works with local organic farms to source further ingredients.
G/F, 26 On Lok Mun Street, Fanling,
New Territories, Hong Kong.
T +852 2676 6900
F +852 2676 6908
From Monday to Sunday
Lunch:12:00pm – 2:30pm
Tea: 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm