QI–Nine Dragons Now Open in Kowloon Bringing Wan Chai’s Qi- House of Sichuan’s Fiery Flavours across the Harbour
Hong Kong’s only Michelin-starred Sichuan restaurant Qi-House of Sichuan has extended the chic concept to Kowloon with new sister restaurant Qi–Nine Dragons atop Prince Tower at 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Showcasing China’s most flavoursome regional cuisine, the sultry 2,000 sq. ft. venue captures the mystic charm of Sichuan complete with a spacious, stylish rooftop terrace for alfresco dining with breathtaking harbour views.
The fledgling brand’s flagship in Wanchai was awarded a coveted one Michelin star in the 2016 Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau.
“We now extend our stylish brand, bringing a new hotspot for Sichuan cuisine lovers to Kowloon, at a glamorous new location in Tsim Sha Tsui for locals and tourists alike,” said Head Chef CHAN Wai-Kin. “Our philosophy is to offer authentic Sichuan flavours using traditional techniques while adding a modern interpretation to our dishes. The chic atmosphere elevates the dining experience enjoying classic Sichuan cuisine in a stylish and non-traditional setting. ”
In a seductive dimly-lit ambience, new specialties on the Qi-Nine Dragons menu have been created, including Flaky Scallion Pancake (HK$55), Fried Calamari with Sichuan Miso (HK$128), Sugar Glazed Ginger Scallion Chicken (HK$160) and Red Bean Pancake with Green Tea Ice-cream (HK$108). With anartistically-presented signature menu, many dishes are designed for sharing, ranging from Spicy Sautéed Prawns (HK$240) on a bed of red chilies, green scallions and Sichuan peppercorns, to the traditional Sichuan Mala Chicken(HK$125), Sichuan Chili-Miso Fish (HK$200), Mouth Watering Boneless Chicken (HK$85), Mapo Tofu (HK$105), and Braised Mandarin Fish Fillet in Chili Oil Soup (Small: HK$200/ Large: HK$300). Guests who would like to try the ‘grand-slam special’ Chili Dungeness Crab (HK$695) are advised to reserve it in advance, as the Chef will only serve this dish with finest and freshest seafood. Vegetarian dishes are also on the a-la-carte menu.
Guests can also enjoy signature cocktails served under the stars on sultry evenings on the expansive 1,600 sq. ft. rooftop terrace – where a new Sichuanese Bar Snacks Menu is also launched with dishes such as Fried Spicy Chicken Wings (HK$100), Cumin Pork Ribs (HK$100), Sugar Glazed Ginger and Scallion Beef (HK$100), Vegetarian Spring Rolls (HK$85) and Mala Peanuts (HK$35). Signature cocktails include Red Dragon (HK$80 per glass) with chili infused tequila & fresh citrus, and new Mocktail Sichuan Coole (HK$45 per glass) with lychee, Yakult and Sprite. A wine list including an extensive selection of new and old world wines from France, Italy, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the US, has been carefully selected to reflect the international appeal of the entire dining and lounging experience.
Qi-Nine Dragons is styled by award-winning Hong Kong’s interior design firm Hands Hospitality. Dark wood furniture with red accents retain the brand’s ultra-chic ambience paying homage to ancient China.
As well as the rooftop terrace, floor-to-ceiling windows in the 20/F dining room offer spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and the iconic Hong Kong Island skyline. A private dining room for up to 12 guests also accommodates dinner parties and intimate events.
The name Qi-Nine Dragons comes from the English expression of Kowloon, which translates to ‘nine dragons sleep on the hills of the Peninsula’, referring to the range of hills dividing Kowloon from the New Territories.
The rooftop terrace, furnished with high-top tables around the perimeter and lounge-style sofas with a fireplace at the core. Gorgeous views extend from Lei Yu Mun to the East, sunset views over Wan Chai, Central and the Peak to the West. The chic, sultry ambience is complemented by carefully-curated, relaxing ‘lounge’ soundtracks.
“The contemporary design concept makes use of rich textures such as suede, wood and brushed metal creating an earthy, sensuous and vibrant overall mood,” said designer David Sung. “The dragon is symbolic of luck and this majestic creature can be found throughout the décor of the restaurant, including two hand-painted dragons on the feature wall as well as nine Golden Dragons on the staircase wall to the rooftop patio. To distinguish the private dining room, partitions reflect Chinese dominoes, a quintessential game in Chinese culture, and also incorporate Chinese-style light fixtures.”
Qi-Nine Dragons is located at 20/F and Rooftop, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The private room can accommodate 12 guests for private events. Opening hours areMonday to Friday (12 noon – 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.), Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday (12 noon – 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.).