Li was one of the last apprentices under the tutelage of Hong Kong teppanyaki master Fung Kong-hei, who is credited with introducing the local dining elite to the prestigious Japanese speciality in the 1960s and ‘70s. Li thrives in this rarefied dining atmosphere, fuelled by the interaction between chef and customer. “It’s an opportunity for pure showmanship, a stage upon which to perform,” he says. “I love seeing diners’ reactions. I’m able to tell by their body language whether they like my cooking. It’s a very rewarding feeling knowing people are enjoying their meal.”
T8, where tradition unites with joyful appreciation of today’s fine living, will beef up the city’s teppanyaki scene. Opening in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, in October and led by expert teppanyaki chef and wagyu master Arthur Li, the new restaurant upholds the time-honoured skills and values of the elite Japanese dining speciality.