L Capital Asia, the Asian private equity firm sponsored by global luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey) celebrates the grand opening of the flagship venue of its glamorous new luxury lifestyle, dining and entertainment brand, CÉ LA VI, in Hong Kong.
CÉ LA VI Hong Kong opens as the jewel in the crown of the newly reborn California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong. Occupying the top three floors of the striking building, it includes the stunning open-air SkyBar featuring tropical gardens and a rooftop jacuzzi with 360-degree views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline, a Club Lounge and a Restaurant.
CÉ LA VI Hong Kong marks the first step in a global expansion plan for the new brand that aims to create a group of glamorous international restaurants and nightspots in key cities around the world.
“This is the life that dreams are made of, life that is lived to the fullest, life at the top with unforgettable experiences that are flashed worldwide on social media. We are taking indulgence to new heights with unique experiences that stimulate the senses, elevate the spirit, amplify passion and fuel the pursuit of pleasure,” said L Capital Asia Managing Partner, and CÉ LA VI Chairman, Ravi Thakran.
CÉ LA VI Hong Kong will feature a Restaurant, Club Lounge and SkyBar. The Restaurant will serve Modern Asian Cuisine where dishes are artistically prepared and dramatically presented
“Creating drama and inspired moments out of cuisine, mixology, music, culture and spectacular surroundings, CÉ LA VI will become a legendary name in top-end international lifestyle dining and entertainment, a world-class brand orchestrated with masterful precision and finesse, and time-honoured Asian hospitality. We like to say we are the love child of Southeast Asian creativity and international hedonism.”
“Born from a universally known French phrase that translates into ‘This is Life’, we believe there is no better name to sum up who we are and what we do – the pursuit of pleasure, passion and play and of living life to the fullest. We will only select locations that are the most coveted spot in the city, nothing less than a commanding presence with breath-taking panoramic views in the world’s lifestyle capitals,” said Ravi Thakran.
As with all CÉ LA VI venues, CÉ LA VI Hong Kong embodies a winning combination of Modern Asian cuisine, world-class mixology, stunning Asian-inspired interiors and soul-stirring entertainment and parties that will quickly become the preferred party destination for international sophisticates.
The stunning new venue has been conceived by leading Hong Kong design firm AB Concept and styled to represent a tropical rainforest allowing guests to escape to a magical world away from the concrete jungle below. Motifs of the Southeast Asian-themed landscape occur throughout the venue, using shadow and textures to masterfully create a seductive, intimate and sensual atmosphere.
At the arrival, Asian temple discs in the brand’s signature red colour and a long raw-cut wooden table hand-picked from Bali deliver a rustic tropical beauty, while outdoor materials such as wood decking, beige textured stone and mosaic patterns are used in the SkyBar to reinforce its rustic edge. Exotic materials like raw porous lava stone and raw ship wood are used around the venue.
CÉ LA VI Hong Kong like its sister venues in Singapore and Bangkok will serve award-winning Mixology including impossibly chic concoctions
The soul of the restaurant lies in the dramatic custom-designed green chandeliers overflowing with exotic plants and wall sconces filled with greenery and mother of pearl flower pots. Dine atop tables that feature exotic bird feathers recessed under the glass. The Club Lounge features a stunning vertical garden and a spectacular ceiling-high live green pillar, furnished with antique mirrors, drop candles and a bespoke Tai Ping custom-designed carpet. The rooftop SkyBar similarly embraces a lush landscape: with a Jacuzzi as a unique centrepiece of the SkyBar, an elite space has been created for the city’s well-heeled to experience the stunning skyline of Hong Kong.
CÉ LA VI Hong Kong, like its sister venue in Singapore, provides a globe-spanning, Modern Asian cuisine in a spectacular setting, where dishes are prepared artistically and dramatically presented. At CÉ LA VI, the art of cuisine revolves around drama, spectacle and theatre that come together to create an unparalleled epicurean adventure.
Stepping into CÉ LA VI Restaurant, you are greeted by an open kitchen full of a mix of international and local rising culinary stars. On the international front, the CÉ LA VI Culinary team has charted a voyage of creative exploration through some of the world’s finest kitchens in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Sydney, Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Bangkok and have cooked for NBA stars, Olympic teams and the current sitting President of the Unites States of America.
At CÉ LA VI Hong Kong, diners will be introduced to bold and composed Modern Asian flavours, all brought to life with the precision of masterful technique and artful visual appeal. With strong influences from all over Asia, CÉ LA VI Hong Kong is inspired by local cuisine elements that have morphed into dishes that pay tribute to various Hong Kong staples. The Foie Gras French Toast is fast becoming a unanimous hit with delicate pieces of pan-fried foie gras nestled atop a fluffy brioche drizzled in umeshu maple glaze. The Mango Pudding is Executive Pastry Chef Jason Licker’s love letter to the vibrant city’s favourite dish; a masterpiece of deconstructed textures of mango and milk which provides unexpected combinations, contrasting textures and flavourful ingredients.
Strong emphasis is placed on freshness and quality, as the menu changes with the seasonal ingredients. Produce from any and every corner of the world is brought in fresh and chilled, including tuna air-flown from Boston, crab from the waters of Alaska and fresh cuts sourced from Hokkaido.
CÉ LA VI Hong Kong’s Club Lounge will feature both international and local artists providing the best nightlife and entertainment in town
Executive Pastry Chef Jason Licker, who has created his legendary desserts in some of the most celebrated venues globally. As a master pâtissier,Jason has a diverse background of projects, experiences and collaborations that have evolved his pastry style into the perfect last bite. Fresh from his crowning as the champion of desserts at Iron Chef Thailand, Jason has worked in some of the top kitchens in the world including the JW Marriott Hong Kong, Nobu Miami Beach and three Michelin-starred Jean Georges in New York. At CÉ LA VIHong Kong, Jason will be providing diners with visually stunning and unpredictable creations all dripping in decadence to provide the ultimate after dinner dessert with a twist.
In addition, CÉ LA VI Hong Kong has an award-winning Mixology programme, with impossibly chic concoctions with a distinctively refreshing Modern Asian philosophy helmed by two masterminds, Knut Randhem and Fabien Marcault. Swedish-born CÉ LA VI’s Regional Head Mixologist Knut Randhem has spent over 10 years honing the art of bartending including the Bella Sky, Copenhagen’s most reputed hotel and “Ourselves Alone” bar, rated Europe’s top 50 bars, and most recently judged the Diageo World Class Thailand 2014. Meanwhile, Bar Manager Fabien Marcault has polished his craft at several of the most iconic and award winning nightspots in London and Hong Kong. Together, they have worked on an array of cocktails that are attuned to Asian climes and befitting of the pinnacle of Lan Kwai Fong.
CÉ LA VI Hong Kong’s signature cocktails include ‘This is the Life,’ composed of pear purée, hibiscus water, rosehip cordial, peach liqueur and an extravagant splash of bubbles. The ‘Bloody Old Fashion’ is a fiery take on the classic with Michter’s rye bourbon, Frangelico, dash of aromatic bitters, chilli and cashew syrup and topped with freshly squeezed blood orange. Also on the signature cocktail list are CÉ LA VI’s international favourites, the ‘Storm Cooler’ and ‘CÉ LA VI Negroni’, which have taken Singapore by storm.
The beverage list features only the most premium spirits, starting with a benchmark of the best housepours Hong Kong has seen, such as Louis Roederer Brut Premier from the makers of Cristal champagne, Grey Goose, Tanqueray 10 and Macallan 12 years. Look forward to an extensive rum selection spanning from Cuba to the Philippines and a saké cocktail list featuring CÉ LA VI’s own branded saké.
From the entertainment programme that has won Singapore Experience Award’s Best Nightspot Experience in 2014, CÉ LA VI is no doubt known as one of the forerunners in the Asian nightlife scene. Local and international A-Listers mingle with the party faithful, while signature parties of “Gatsby-esque magnificence” take the packed house from one high point to the next.
In CÉ LA VI Hong Kong, state-of-the-art lighting and D&B audio technology makes it one of the most unique DJ consoles in Hong Kong. The team of resident DJs has been hailed as one of the best DJ line-ups in Hong Kong, representing the cream of locally based talents such as Yeodie, Samir, Bravo, Mistrezz C and Roy Malig. Joining them is CÉ LA VI’s international resident DJ Spinbad, a turntable pioneer who is the most radio syndicated DJ in the world and Russell Peters’ official tour DJ. CÉ LA VI Club Lounge and SkyBar will be open daily with live DJ selections and exciting content such the iconic Sunset Sessions and the much-awaited Diamond Life, the most rewarding ladies’ night in the city which gives away one luxury prize to a lucky lady every Wednesday, starting with diamond jewellery from Ryder Diamonds worth up to $15,000 (in the first week).
Kirk Martin, Chief Executive Officer of CÉ LA VI states: “CÉ LA VI aims to become Hong Kong’s most celebrated and sophisticated nightlife and dining spot where guests can come to escape from the gritty day to day world of Hong Kong. Every aspect of the venue has been designed to provide Hong Kong with a magical world to indulge in the pursuit of pleasure in ultimate style.
CÉ LA VI Hong Kong is now open for reservations. For more information please visit http://hk.celavi.com