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A ‘Maison’ Designed For the Fashionable Set

May 27, 2016 Dining No Comments Email Email

unnamed (1)Maison Eight is home for all, a ‘maison’ where French cuisine, innovative cocktails, champagne and parties converge under one roof. The new sky-high destination provides the ideal setting for mind-stimulating business lunches, romantic dates and an evening with friends over cocktails. From hospitality to the design of the space, cutlery to the ingredients, each detail makes guests feel pampered, bringing a true sartorial attitude to Hong Kong’s dining and hospitality scene.

“Bringing four concepts together the way we do at Maison Eight is a unique concept in Hong Kong. It’s like a hotel without rooms if you think about the quality of experience you can have here, while in the heart of one of Hong Kong’s oldest dining districts, Tsim Sha Tsui. Our guests could spend all day in the venue with different experiences through the day. It’s a great lunch spot that can be seen as an escape from the hustle and bustle in this city. In the evenings, it’s all about the post work relaxation with cocktails, romantic dinners and gatherings for friends complete with music that drives the atmosphere from modern lounge to high energy with live music. I believe that tailor-made design is a critical element to bring out the tailor-made feel of each space at Maison Eight,” says General Manager and Executive Chef, Joe Chan.

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Maison Eight – Esmé

With personable experiences at the heart of this project, British designer Tim Shepherd was appointed to create the architecture, interiors and brand to deliver the concept. “Looking at most well designed restaurants and rooms, the element that brings the whole room together is the people. They give texture and depth of personality; you need to leave space for that in your design. Maison Eight was meticulously designed so that each detail, from featured lighting to carpet colour and texture give an all-rounded feeling of quality in hospitality,” says Shepherd, honing in his previous hotel and restaurants design experiences.

As guests walk through the hand-stamped Italian leather doors and into the 8,000 square foot space, they enjoy the sweeping vistas of the city skyline as the backdrop behind the first cocktail bar in Asia by The Maestro, world-renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese, and across into theBallroom complete with intricately detailed ‘palm court’ ceilings, grandeur chandeliers, large in size and coach built detailing furniture, a retro inspired DJ booth, feature lighting for every mood, a walnut dance floor and it’s very own terrace. The interior details mimic a modern reinvention of the classic ballroom with playful elements that tell the story that everything is made in-house.

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Ballroom at Maison Eight

Salvatore at Maison Eight brings a modern approach to classic cocktails, headed by protégé Fabien Marcault. “Although simple in many ways, the bar is designed around the process of cocktail making and focuses on Salvatore’s sense of an intimate approach to his guests. He personally gave back bar specifications to ensure the team work smoothly in a bar ‘made in UK’,” Shepherd describes. The classically engineered cocktail making style is evident in the 10.8m glass encased bar inspired by the depths of Victoria Harbour and the moody skies of the city. Upon Salvatore’s request, the Eel Skin bar stools are designed in pairs so customers can cozy up to the bar with whomever they’re with. The innovative menu boasts a selection of the Maestro’s Signature cocktails and some exciting new offerings of Asian influence exclusive to Maison Eight.

Perfect for lunch and afternoon tea, the first room transforms into a lounge in the evenings for social dining, events and gatherings. A soundtrack for all the hours of the day and night has been carefully curated with live performances and international DJs in the line-up.

Across the venue, the intimate dining experience at Esmé is enhanced by its classical approach to food and service, and bespoke furniture. Esmé is a balance of masculine architectural details with a feminine interior approach, inspired by The Pool Room at the Four Seasons in New York. Every detail from the carefully selected elegant plate sets and cutlery and Russian service to the decadence of the lush pink carpet, is to bring light to the food that Chef Joe Chan has put together, with a different view of the city landscape to compliment the setting.

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Maison Eight – LE CLUB 1829

Maison Eight is host to the world’s first Bollinger Champagne Room, LE CLUB 1829, a vintage inspired private dining room. The opulent French colours of the blue panel walls, antique gold mirrors and bold red finishes, elevate a sense of richness and playfulness. Uniquely, the dramatic use of shapes and dimensions from the long dining table, height of the room and mirrored ceilings create abstract views and vistas. An en-suite experience and other surprises will leave guests expecting more every time they’re back. LE CLUB 1829 offers a peek into the adjacent wine cellar where over 2,300 bottles reside, placed in suede lined wine racks, including a complete collection of all the cuveé and key vintages of this distinguished brand. LE CLUB 1829 is a space that celebrates, indulges and leads the mood.

A great place for wine lunches, casual gatherings or dinner parties is Maison Eight’s hidden gem, The Salon, complemented by a garden terrace escape including its own private terrace with views of the Harbour and mountains that frame the city. The Salon redefines comfort with its traditional oak woodblock flooring, Spanish furniture and private bar – an “Into the Woods” theme that will leave guests coming back for more.

The sartorial experience, stylish crowd, tailor-made design and impeccable service is completed by the smartly dressed team providing customers with utmost attention. After all, it’s the little details that count. The fashionably lavish sky-high destination is a blend of many allowing guests to have as many life experiences, all under one roof. Located at the penthouse of 8 Observatory Road, Hong Kong has a new destination to see and be seen.

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