Opening across the first and second quarter of the year, Forty-Five is set to become a refined new culinary destination in Central Hong Kong.
The newest creation of hospitality group Leading Nation and developers HongKong Land, the new venue will introduce five stunning new experiential concepts to one location atop Hong Kong’s most prestigious lifestyle destination, Landmark.
From magic hour cocktails on a dazzling Sky Terrace that boasts 360-degree views of the iconic cityscape, to a one-of-a-kind encounter between the most decorated female chef in the world – Anne-Sophie Pic who has a total of 10 Michelin stars across her restaurants – and luxury house Baccarat, the unique space celebrates Asia’s most brilliant contemporary artists, global creators, and designers. Under the same roof, one will also find refined traditional Shanghainese dining, a world-renowned teppanyaki experience, and a private members’ arts club for entrepreneurs and creatives.
Upon arrival at the top floor of Gloucester Tower, the guest experience begins with a warm welcome by the elegant reception team from Alfred’s Guest Services, Leading Nation’s loyalty and VIP platform, offering a tantalizing taste of what’s to come.
Beyond, diners will discover The Merchants (opening end of this month), which serves classic dishes from Shanghai and her surrounding provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang, offering traditional flavours with a touch of modernity. Located at Forty-Five, atop Gloucester Tower in Landmark, The Merchants (above) offers sweeping views of Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour and is helmed by multi-award-winning head chef Chen Tian Long, previously of Jade de Jardin where he maintained its Michelin star standard of culinary excellence, and where classic recipes from Shanghai are re-interpreted with a modern flair.
A collaborative effort between Sean Dix and Victoria Tang-Owen pays homage to belle époque Shanghai. The elegant space features custom cherrywood banquettes and vibrant jade onyx detailing the interiors. Aligning the walls is a delicately embroidered wallpaper that was handcrafted by artisans in WuXi.
Cardinal Point (opening in mid-April) represents the definition of ‘magic hour’ atop one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious addresses. This iconic rooftop venue, complete with a restaurant, lounge, and sky terrace, offers sweeping views of Hong Kong’s skyline. Created by John Nugent, beverage director of Leading Nation Hospitality, Cardinal Point’s drinks programme is inspired by the spirit of travel and exploration, celebrating ingredients from all over the world with creative and retro takes on the familiar.
Both the indoor and outdoor bars are open daily until late with music curated by a resident DJ, while Cardinal Point also serves a selection of dishes from all over the world, from authentic Asian classics to renditions of international offerings. Both indoor and al fresco dining are available in a space that can host up to 350 guests.
Kaen (meaning flame or blaze “火炎”) Teppanyaki is a Japanese steakhouse scheduled to open in late April 2023. Featuring both teppan and binchotan cooking in an open setting with stunning city views, the restaurant allows diners to combine sight, taste, and emotion to create an unforgettable dining experience.
The restaurant is helmed by chef Yoshiyuki Sato, who carefully selects the highest quality ingredients for his dishes using both traditional and contemporary cooking techniques while showcasing intricate knife skills.
Kaen Teppanyaki features a wide selection of Wagyu sourced from trusted merchants and direct from farmers and auctions to ensure a truly unparalleled offering. In maintaining transparency with its guests, all cuts of meat are traceable to the farm and slaughter. Seasonal seafood and vegetables are carefully hand-selected and flown in daily from Japan and Europe, depending on seasonal availability.
At The Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic (opening in late July) a symbol of joie de vivre meets one of the most celebrated chefs in the world. The new 40-seat eatery designed by Gilles et Boissier, the famed Paris-based architecture and interior design studio, presents a one-of-a-kind encounter between Anne-Sophie Pic, the most decorated female chef in the world, and luxury brand Baccarat.
Finally, the Gloucester Arts Club, opening to the public in summer, is a private, members-only social club that fosters a community of culture and creativity. The contemporary space serves as a sanctuary for creatives and entrepreneurs to come together and exchange ideas about art, architecture, fashion, literature, music, and gastronomy through a curated program of events and experiences.
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