Tate Din­ing Room & Bar by vicky lau

Hong Kong Tatler Homes - - FRONT PAGE - She­ung Wan

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

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