Art Month is in full swing – and it’s not just the galleries and fairs that are offering up visual sensations galore. We’ve rounded up five restaurants that will please your eyes as well as your palate with their artistic interiors.
Issaya Siamese Club
An award-winning Asian import from Bangkok, Issaya Siamese Club brings a fresh perspective to Thai dining. With an eclectic design in-keeping with the Bangkok original curated by acclaimed interior designer firm Charlie & Rose, the restaurant’s striking interior features colourful fabrics and vibrant prints that draw on traditional Thai influences and are produced in or sourced from Thailand itself. Signature elements include the eye-catching heritage-style tiles that adorn the kitchen and bar area, bold and bright mix-and-match wallpapers and reclaimed antiques that add interest to even the darkest corner – a fitting backdrop to Issaya’s playful and progressive Thai cuisine.
[Edit: Issaya Siamese Club is now permanently closed.]
25/F Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, 2154 3048
Private kitchens in Hong Kong have certainly come a long way from dimly lit apartments hidden away in decades-old walk-ups – and nowhere proves that more than Dine Art, a unique 4,000sqft dining and gallery space, including two outdoor balconies, located in the heart of Wong Chuk Hang. With authentic Italian cuisine courtesy of chef Cosimo Taddei and walls adorned with works from the likes of renowned Australian painter Fred Williams and Chinese artist Zao Wou-ki, this is a space both art aficionados and bon vivants will be eager to explore.
16/F Room A, Kwai Bo Industrial Bldg, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen, 2805 8555
The Krug Room
Tucked away inside The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Krug Room might just be the five-star hotel’s best-kept secret. Seating only twelve diners, this intimate space is designed to take guests on a total sensory adventure – from the sophisticated interior, which recreates the ambience of a luxury train carriage complete with views into the bustling kitchen, to the food itself, plus the largest selection of Krug champagnes outside of France. There are no menus here; simply hold tight and get ready for chef Uwe Opocensky’s bespoke 10 to 14-course symphony of shapes, textures, colours and tastes that you’ll never forget.
5 Connaught Rd, Central, 2825 4014
The Popsy Room
If you’ve not got time to hit up a gallery before dinner, The Popsy Room will help you multi-task in the most artistic of ways. The cuisine here is completely inspired by the artwork on display, with a rotating roster of exhibitions and installations from world-class artists encompassing everything from painting, photography, sculpture and film. Creative, whimsical and experimental, The Popsy Room uses fine French gastronomy to engage guests, inspire expression and further art appreciation.
30 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, 2234 6711
COBO House by 2am:dessertbar
Located in Shek Tong Tsui, COBO House is an exciting culinary concept spearheaded by pastry chef Janice Wong, founder of Singapore’s award-winning 2am:dessertbar. This two-floor restaurant is clad in elegant marble and neutral tones that perfectly showcase Wong’s colourful and intricate edible art creations on the plate. Downstairs is home to ding ding brass chandeliers inspired by the city’s historical tram system and an open dessert bar where you can watch chefs make their magic, whilst upstairs offers a contemporary and versatile exhibition space with colour-adjustable lights that alter the venue’s mood depending on the art pieces displayed.
G/F & 1/F 8-12 South Lane, Sai Wan, 2656 3088
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