Hong Kong’s latest lifestyle destination on Wellington Street, guests can indulge in far more than culinary art. The three storied venue serves as a bar at street level and a restaurant above introducing modern Chinese cuisine and creative Chinese inspired cocktails. The business vision was really a personal one, born out of nostalgia for Cherry Lo, Executive Director of bma Catering Management. “Chinese culture has been instilled in me since before I can remember, so when I was approached to do a project of this scale, I wanted to re-introduce the roots of my favourite culture: my own.”
With Cherry’s vision of ‘East meets West’ at the heart of this project, Gary Lui and Henry Lee of IDSIGN, along with Greta Lai who designed the brand identity, worked with her to make this dream a reality. Together, they were able to create something truly unique, a space and feel that respects the past but remains modern, striking and inviting.
Stepping foot into Tycoon Tann is as much a feast for the eyes, as one’s stomach, as the walls are lined with art from different eras of Chinese history, from the Song dynasty all the way to the contemporary world. The venue’s intricate design encapsulates Chinese heritage and modernity, while the signage from the Song dynasty court houses have been revamped at Tycoon Tann’s entrance.
Cherry has a keen eye for detail and worked very closely with the team to pick everything from the bar stools to the table surface, wall colour to wallpaper design and even the art. “Most of the artwork here has been specially commissioned to fit in with my vision for this space. I love Chinese calligraphy, poems and sculptures, so expect to see some of this throughout the venue.”
Guests first enter into Mod Bar on Wellington Street where a glamourous chandelier hanging above lights up the space with its warm tone. Giving the space a traditional touch is its apothecary cabinet acting as a feature wall. The high tables are engraved with elegant Chinese Chess table settings, once again highlighting Chinese deeply-rooted culture within the space while guests sip cocktails from antique-style mugs. It’s mysterious, charming and sophisticated, the perfect place for a cocktail soiree.
On the way up to Tycoon Tann, guests pass by an old Chinese poem before entering either of the two floors for dining. The first can be described a contemporary artsy restaurant set with China’s avant-garde style. The clean white walls are lit up with splashes of colour from the modern paintings “The Four Great Beauties” from four different Chinese dynasties, Xi Shi, Wang Zhaojun, Diaochan and Yang Guifei, making a bold contribution to the overall feel of the space. Chinese quadrangles have been used decoratively which double up as a sliding door to keep the floor private.
At the top of the staircase sits a dazzling light fixture in the form of a bird cage that opens into a well-designed space to enjoy an impressive dining experience. Wooden floors and decorative wallpapers blend to create a distinctive feel, in a more exclusive, relaxed and sophisticated ambiance. Here, dark green and blue hues exude a calming atmosphere, and revive all the grandeur of the Shanghai French Concession Era with a beautiful sculpture of a bird and a beautiful poem to fit in with the theme. The whole floor can be used as a private dining area, for those very special occasions.
The 1,800 square foot space seats 32 people in the Mod Bar and 64 people for intimate dining on the two restaurant floors. Guests may opt for the private dining room that seats 32 people, taking up the complete first or second floor.