Salvatore is proud to announce the opening of his first venture into Asia with ‘Salvatore at Maison Eight’ in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.
(Hong Kong, 9 May 2016) Designed by Two Men in Hats for the fashionable set, Maison Eight brings a true sartorial experience to Hong Kong. The new sky-high destination known for French cuisine, innovative cocktails, champagne and parties under one roof was designed so that each detail, from the feature lighting and themed interior spaces combined with retro furnishings and rigid textures to the well designed back of house delivery, makes guests feel pampered.
As guests walk through the hand-stamped Italian leather doors and into the 8,000 square foot space, they enjoy the sweeping vistas of the city skyline as the backdrop behind the first cocktail bar in Asia by The Maestro, world-renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese, and the Ballroom, a modern reinvention of the classic ballroom. Guests step further into the venue and enter the intimate French dining room Esmé, before walking into the world’s first Bollinger Champagne Room, LE CLUB 1829. All four concepts come together beautifully, it’s a home for all, a ‘maison’ for all.
“With most well designed restaurants and rooms, the element that brings the whole room together is the people. They give texture and depth of personality; you need to leave space for that in your design. The design is only the backdrop for the events that happen within the room,” says Creative Designer Tim Shepherd, Co-Founder of Two Men in Hats. “Maison Eight is best described as a hotel without rooms. The service is delivered not just by the staff, but also through the design. During the day, this is a place to meet, have lunch, or even escape from the city. The evenings become cocktails, post work relaxation, romantic dinners and gatherings for friends, and on into the nights where music drives the atmosphere from modern lounge to high energy with live music.”
The warm and intimate dining experience at Esmé is enhanced by its classical approach to food and service. Esmé is a balance of masculine architectural details with a feminine interior approach. Every detail from the carefully selected, elegant plate sets and cutlery, simple table approach, and Russian service to the decadence of the carpet, is to bring light to the food that Chef Joe Chan has put together.
At heart of arrival, the classically engineered Salvatore at Maison Eight brings a modern approach to classic cocktails, headed by protégé Fabien Marcault. “Although simple in many ways, the bar is designed around the process of cocktail making and focuses on Salvatore’s sense of an intimate approach to his guests,” Shepherd describes. The innovative menu boasts a selection of the Maestro’s Signature cocktails and some exciting new offerings of Asian influence exclusive to Maison Eight. Salvatore and Fabien’s style is evident in the 10.8m glass encased bar inspired by the depths of Victoria Harbour and the moody skies of the city. Upon Salvatore’s request the Eel Skin bar stools are designed in pairs so customers can cozy up to the bar with whomever they’re with.
Across the bar, the Ballroom at Maison Eight is designed to capture the spectacular city views surrounding the venue. It is a modern reinvention of the classic ballroom with playful elements including the detailed ‘palm’ ceilings, coach built detailing furniture, a walnut dance floor and its very own terrace – the place to drink, dine, parade and party. Perfect for lunch and afternoon tea, transforming into a lounge in the evenings for social dining, events and gatherings. A soundtrack for all the hours of the day and night has been carefully curated with live performances and international DJs in the line-up.
Maison Eight is host to the world’s first Bollinger Champagne Room, LE CLUB 1829, a vintage inspired private room with astonishing views. The opulent French colours of the blue panel walls, antique gold mirrors and bold red finishes, elevate a sense of richness and playfulness. Uniquely, the dramatic use of shapes and dimensions from the long dining table, height of the room and mirrored ceilings create abstract views and vistas. LE CLUB 1829 offers a peek into the adjacent wine cellar where over 2,300 bottles reside, placed in suede lined wine racks, including a complete collection of all the cuveé and key vintages of this distinguished brand. LE CLUB 1829 is a space that celebrates, indulges and leads the mood.
Maison Eight’s hidden gem, The Salon is a garden terrace escape including it’s own private terrace with views from the Harbour to the mountains that surround Hong Kong and frame the city. The Salon redefines comfort with its traditional oak woodblock flooring, Spanish furniture and private bar. A great place for wine lunches, casual gatherings or private dinner parties – surprising all guests and giving them another reason to revisit in different groups.
The fashionably lavish sky-high destination is a blend of many allowing guests to have as many life experiences, all under one roof. Located at the penthouse of 8 Observatory Road, Hong Kong has a new destination to see and be seen.