Tate Dining Room & Bar by vicky lau
Vicky Lau, chef and owner of one-Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room, pays attention to the little things. It’s that kind of dedication that wins you a star, not to mention the title of Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef 2015. Lau is known for her “Edible Stories”—stunningly presented dishes which explore culinary stories through their appearance and taste alike.
A move in March from Tate’s previous Elgin Street abode to a larger and more versatile 3,800sqft space on Hollywood Road represents more than just a location change: it also reflects Lau’s personal journey and culinary evolution over the years. In collaboration with James JJ Acuna of JJA / Bespoke Architecture, Lau brought her experience and personal aesthetic to this new location, which continues the comfortable, soft style of the original Tate while bringing an additional level of sophistication. “A lot of myself has been transferred into the space,” says Lau. “I would describe it as feminine, homey, nature-oriented, soft yet balanced.”
Contemporary, hand-crafted lighting fixtures and bespoke furniture allow the restaurant to retain a personal feel. In the 12-seater private room, Hong Kong-based artist Elsa Jean de Dieu collaborated to craft a large metal table imprinted with flowers and herbs. “It reflects the beauty of nature that’s inherent in our space,” says Lau.
And of course, it’s in the little things that Lau puts the most store. “My favourite aspect is the detail that we put into everything,” says Lau. “We have a small drawer under all our tables for our guests to put their phones during service, to encourage communication. The loveseat in the restroom has a mirror, so women have space for touchups. Details like these are what makes Tate unique.”
Bespoke bar Custom-made lighting fixtures and furniture deliver a personal feel to guests