Renowned British Chef, Gordon Ramsay, has opened a new restaurant in Hong Kong. Modelled on his London restaurant of the same name, Martine Beale takes a look at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar.
With a string of hit TV shows and best-selling cookbooks, Gordon Ramsay is one of the most recognised chefs in the world. The Gordon Ramsay Group operates 25 restaurants worldwide and has 7 Michelin stars, making Ramsay a highly regarded chef as well as prolific restaurateur.
As part of its expansion plans, the Gordon Ramsay Group has partnered with Dining Concepts to open Bread Street Kitchen & Bar Hong Kong, a sister restaurant to its original of the same name located in London.
“This is an exciting step, entering the amazing food culture of the Asian market with one of our successful London concepts,” Ramsay said at the press launch prior to the restaurant opening on September 18th.
The Hong Kong restaurant is located in the LKF Hotel on Wyndham Street and can also be accessed from the city’s buzzing Lan Kwai Fong district. “I’m excited to be in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, it’s a vibrant, lively place for everyone,” Ramsay added.
Much like watching one of Ramsay’s reality TV shows, Bread Street Kitchen has plenty going on.
The 90-seat warehouse-style diner has been designed with an industrial chic aesthetic and comprises an eclectic mix of vintage and modern furniture.
The space is divided into two sections: a 60-seat dining area, and a 30-seater bar that features a communal table and gives diners a clear view of chefs at work in the lively, open kitchen nearby. There is also a private dining room that caters to 15 people.
The interior is pinned down by a de rigueur black and white tiled floor that is broken-up here and there by wooden flooring for added warmth.
Long, low-slung mustard-coloured leather banquettes are paired with wooden tables and chairs, while high tables are matched with dark hued banquettes and the same industrial-style wooden stools that line the bar.
White subway wall tiles, mirrors and decorative elements such as the clocks and lighting above the bar and in the private dining room lend the space a very London look and feel.
Illuminated pillars, freestanding table lamps dotted along the tops of the banquettes and groups of lights hung by their cables from steel ceiling pipes continue to draw the eye from one detail to the next.
The all-day brasserie gets plenty of natural light from large windows that overlook the streets of Lan Kwai Fong, which at night customers can peer through and watch the goings-on below.
Ramsay is said to be expanding further into Asia with a restaurant slated to open in Macau and another Bread Street Kitchen & Bar planned for The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, in 2015.
For now, Ramsay is entertaining Hong Kong diners with a menu of reinvented British favourites served in a thoughtfully conceived space dedicated to gastronomes and fans of the chefs’ moreish reality TV shows.