In the small town of Karlstad, Sweden, a progressive restaurateur wanted to create a mind-blowing dining experience – a great journey through time, place and taste. With a menu of tapas-sized favourites from all over the world, the ambition was to offer fun dining and total escapism for a broad audience.
The Chow Chase restaurant experience could be described as a night together with Rockefeller, Edith Piaf and Lawrence of Arabia on steroids, served and entertained by Lady Gaga. A Jules Vernesque journey between different food concepts and ambiences that challenge all of your senses. It’s bold, colorful, fun and somewhat eccentric when the big world comes to a small town.
Food and drinks are ordered via a mobile app allowing guests to easily shape and change their experience during the meal. The Chow Chase brand was created along with the design concept to enhance the search for exciting tastes within the restaurant’s different settings. The interior design offers a stylish and contemporary take on New York during the 1920s/30s Art Deco era, a slightly surreal version of Paris and La Belle Époque, and a personal adaption of the exotic Orient.
Photo credits: Erik Nissen Johansen
Design and description: Stylt Trampoli
Kungsgatan 14, 652 24 Karlstad, Sweden
Phone: +46 70 724 37 07
Fireside is a dance between man and fire, and presents the naked complexity of each and every ingredient, demonstrating how every element – from season, soil, to age, feed, and climate – manipulates the ever-changing and dynamic flavour profile of an ingredient.
The kitchen, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, forgoes modern cooking utilities, and only makes use of an open-fire grill fuelled by select varieties of wood and binchotan, to allow Chef Miguel Gallo’s culinary team to execute a bare and raw style of cooking. The preparation methods reflect those before traditions and techniques forged cuisines and allow culinary expression to freely roam.
Resembling a sophisticated smokehouse, Fireside introduces a revitalizing open kitchen concept, featuring the signature Mibrasa Parilla and tailor-made brick oven. Sit adjacent to the warm, flaming embers and enjoy a raw culinary experience echoing an elevated backyard barbecue, or enjoy an intimate meal in our exclusive private dining room, designed for parties of eight.
Alternatively, enjoy a breezier al-fresco dining experience on the balcony with aerial views of the city below.
Photo credits: Steven Ko
Design: M.R. Studio
5/F H Code, The Steps, 45 Pottinger St, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 6610 8689
A contemporary tribute to the resplendent Chinoiserie period of China’s trade history, Palace Garden provides opulent destination dining in an evocative setting that celebrates the splendour of an imperial garden. As you enter the main dining room of the resort’s flagship restaurant, you are greeted by entrancing touches such as traditional Suzhou embroidery showcased in a bespoke, 35-metre-long mural of chrysanthemums and an installation of custom-made, double-sided embroidery fans. This extraordinary expression of colours, culture and craftsmanship is further manifested in five individually themed private dining rooms and the Li Bai Bar, the restaurant’s signature bar, where you can enjoy an immersive art experience by artist Yang Yong Liang that blends spectacular night views of Macau and Hong Kong with a modern cityscape ink painting displayed in large digital walls.
Amid this exquisite and regal ambience, you can savour exceptional, authentic Cantonese cuisine, prepared by a Michelin-starred chef using the finest ingredients and masterful culinary techniques.
Photo courtesy: Grand Lisboa Palace
Design: Alan Chan
R. do Tiro, Macau
Phone: +853 8881 8888