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Bibo Tags Hong Kong for Unconventional Fine Dining Restaurant & Bar

March 19, 2014 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

French fine dining is brought to street level in Hong Kong with the opening of Bibo  a passion project and international first that sees a collaboration of the world’s most renowned contemporary and street artists together in one space.

morefuninthephilippineFrom installations by Vhils, Invader, JonOne, Stohead, Kaws, JR, Ella & Pitr, Mist, MadC to hangings and works byBanksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Daniel Arsham, Jeff Koons, King of Kowloon, Sheperd Fairey, Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama to name a few, this pioneering project is set to open minds to a new way of eating and of seeing art.  An ongoing and ever changing project; like contemporary art itself, it is a process in transition, forever updating and reinventing.

Opening on Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road in April, the only thing on sale at Bibo is good food and good drinks. Serving up classic French cuisine, wines of merit and back-to-the-roots cocktails, Bibo is a project of passion that gives a nod to bohemian lifestyle. It is a place that redefines understated luxury.

Behind the project is Bibo, a discrete person, who, like most in the street artist scene, wishes to remain out of the limelight. “Just as street or contemporary art breaks the law and the structures of traditional on-canvas art, Bibo breaks the laws of what fine dining is supposed to be and the structure of what a traditional white-tablecloth, subtle-music, fine dining restaurant is,” says Bibo.

Artists heard about Bibo’s idea and became part of it as it allows them to work together and showcase their art in a space that encourages their own creativity. For many of the artists, this is the only off-of-the-street setting that they have participated in – it’s an Artists in Residence project.  Several private collectors have also contributed to the project by providing museum quality pieces to the space.  It is expected that many more artworks will be added in the future.

“Bibo pays homage to the Bohemian lifestyle of Paris in the 1930s through art, design, food and cocktails. The interiors are based on Art Deco French design overlaid with eclectic art collections and installations. Imagine back in the 30s, an old French tramway company, La Compagnie Générale Française de Tramway in Hong Kong, which once used to occupy this space. The luxurious Hong Kong headquarters of the company had long been abandoned and even started decaying, when artists moved in to use the venue as a studio where they can share their own vision, and are allowed to build on their own creativity”, says Restaurant Manager Arturo Sims, explaining the creative storyline behind the project.

Heading the experienced culinary team is Executive Chef Mutaro Balde, whose three Michelin star background includes Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee Paris and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, London. At Bibo, he brings passion and creativity to each dish, paying homage to the traditions of French cuisine by reinterpreting classic French dishes. Chef Mutaro’s cuisine at Bibo is French “gastronomie gourmande”, and everything is home-made, from the bread to the ice creams. “Generosity and happiness are the key to a successful restaurant; making an emotional connection, that is the art of good cooking” says Chef Mutaro.

Behind the bar, renowned mixologist Alexandre Chatté creates a dynamic menu of handcrafted cocktails from the forgotten classics of the 1930s. He plays with unusual and complex ingredients, and prepares everything in-house using tools and equipment not traditionally applied to the modern bar setting.

“Bibo is a space that I had never seen before; I wanted to see it but couldn’t find it anywhere. It’s a vision that passion has brought to reality. It’s a place full of energy, just like Hong Kong, where the future is being made at a fast yet thoughtful pace. With Bibo, where there was no guideline as to what artists were to produce, the true innovative and spontaneous nature of art is allowed to come to life.” Bibo said.

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