Top 6 Design Restaurants in Hong Kong
More often than not, our initial observations about a restaurant are based on the interior design and ambiance rather than the food. It’s only once we’ve soaked up our surroundings that we even open up the menu. With this in mind, LOFT decided to tally our favourite eateries according to architecture, design and creative flair. After much debate and exhaustive degustation, we present, in no particular order, our very own LOFT top ten. Bon Appetit!
AMMO, local celebrity chef Tony Cheng’s glamorous new restaurant and bar in a former British explosives magazine compound, sets a new benchmark for statement interiors with architect Joyce Wang’s bold blend of contemporary comfort and cinematic inspired interiors. Think surreal military and industrial-chic complete with dramatic sculptural staircase chandeliers; a curved ceiling with copper ribs and the pièce de résistance: Wang’s sculptural copper mural on the wall behind the bar. Leather, velvet and silk bespoke furniture and fixtures add a touch of sensual comfort. The tapas and pasta menus are simple and elegant and the Kiwi Basil Martini a winner; but we come here for the perfectly executed retro-modern design experience.
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong, T 852 2537 9888
Obscurely located in the basement of Standard Chartered Building void of windows or natural sunlight sits Mott 32, a modern Cantonese restaurant with strikingly dramatic interiors. Designer Joyce Wang tells a story of an important bank building in Hong Kong, whose life is unearthed layer by layer and shown in each design element. The restaurant’s strategically-planned incandescent chandelier lighting, leather and wood furniture with brass finishes, and splashes of grafitti on its concrete walls takes diners into another Asian-infused steampunk world. Though its design has been the talk of the town, Mott 32’s food does not fall short; their signature apple wood roasted Peking duck and Barbecue prime Iberico pork with Yellow Mountain honey are only a couple of their crowd favourites.
Standard Chartered Building, 4 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, T 852 28858688
Yearning for Paris and dinner at the George V? We are too – but when in Hong Kong we turn to the opulent charms of Caprice when we need a quintessential Michelin culinary fix. Here, views of Victoria Harbour do battle with a stunning tableau of Chinese-inspired Czech crystal encrusted chandeliers, deliciously minimalist table settings with crisp white linen and leather armchairs created by Tokyo-based Spin Design Studio. Innovative, modern European cuisine from produce flown in daily from France is created in an open kitchen; head to the new adjoining bar and lounge area for oh-so-chic pre-dinner cocktails. Did we mention the artisanal French cheeses and Bordeaux and Burgundy wines?
Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, T 852 3196 8888
Lily & Bloom
Lily & Bloom thrives on an unerring combination of classic and cool drawing on all the glamour and intrigue of New York’s speakeasies and Parisian brasseries of the 1900’s. Divided into two complementary areas, Lily, the upstairs bar features spacious seating inspired by eclectic transport from the era. Downstairs is Bloom, a more casual supper club-brasserie featuring an eye-catching metal chandelier. There is an added bonus of a 12-seat private dining room and ‘The Blind Pig’ cigar room customised with shipping crates and antiquated telephone. The carefully curated interiors were created in collaboration with creative agency The Mangkut Group and New York-based design firm AvroKO.
5-6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, T 852 2810 6166
On the top floor of design hub-turned-police quarters PMQ is another Joyce Wang interior master piece, Vasco, a contemporary Basque restaurant. Vasco incorporates metal elements with dark marbles and olive velvets to create sleek, contemporary theme with an industrial touch. Unlike Wang’s other project, Mott 32, Vasco bursts with sunlight during the day, giving the restaurant a more casual vibe but sets a more formal atmosphere at night when the incandescent lighting brightens the dark interiors.
7/F Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, T 2156 0888
One of the few places in town with a perfectly seamless blend of cuisine, novel design and branding from the wonderfully eccentric design narrative of a fictional ‘Madam’ to fascinating details like the painting of Eliza, a woolly-attired pig in the entrance area. Over-sized chandeliers, Tiffany-blue chairs and custom-made bird wallpaper create a relaxed ambience but it is creative branding specialist Substance’s Maxime Dautresme’s hand-illustrated menu with cauliflower-tailed fish, quirky drinks coasters and injection of fantasy that makes this spot truly unique. Thankfully the modern open kitchen steps up to the mark serving an inventive menu with creative flair.
Shop 8, 1/F, The Podium, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, T 852 2527 2558