The all-day dining restaurant Feast was inspired by wu-hsing (‘five movers’), also known as the Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water which underlie the Chinese and Taoist understanding of the cosmos and history. They are the metaphysical forces associated with the nature of the substances, connected with the four seasons and the cycle of life, where Earth mediates between the four, sustaining and being sustained by them.
Organised as a culinary journey made up of different zones, each zone is characterised by a specific food preparation method embodying one of the Five Elements.
A zone offering cold fruit and dessert represents the Metal element. Fire is identified by a wall of metal sequins designed in the pattern of flames. Air-conditioning ducts that blow on the wall cause the sequins to appear as if they are moving. The activity enveloped within are the grill, rotisserie and wok frying, all methods cooking up flavours cast by the flame. The element of Water comes across in soups, broths, and in fluid, swirling sculptures adorning the ceiling. Fresh produce-related dishes such as salads identify the Wood zone, and lastly, Earth comes across in the floor that connects and supports all the zones (and the elements).
The Chinese restaurant Yue was designed to evoke the aesthetically pleasing, romantic and poetic experience of dining by the infamous Xi Hu (West Lake) in a teahouse in the rain. As a model of beauty,
The two open dining halls present an underwater scape, featuring walls with a ripple motif, as if formed by the rain falling onto the water surface from above. This is reinforced by the ‘raindrop’ structures that hang from the ceiling and Chinese brush paintings of hand-painted gold fish.
The eight private dining rooms are designed to evoke either the experience of dining in a poet’s pavilion and tea house by the lake, or of within a lotus flower that floats on the lake. Both rooms also call forth the sense that one is dining in the rain.
This French restaurant was named after the fictional dancer and courtesan featured in books and films inspired by the original Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris. Its design distils and integrates the sensuous and racy aspects of French culture as presented in the Moulin Rouge into the dining scene. It is envisioned to be a talking point, where the design and fine cuisine will elevate Hangzhou’s dining culture, and turn it into a venue where the local elite prefer to entertain.
A wall of wine bottles behind a glass screen etched with the French lace of white lingerie greets the guest upon entry. A glittering chandelier reflecting over a pool of water heightens the drama of the entrance.
Past the entrance, the entire restaurant space is encased in French limestone engraved with the pattern of French lace in blood red Chinese lacquer.
Guests enjoy the main dining room in a tall elegant space. One side opens to views of Xi Xi Lake, and the other side, composed of private dining rooms, draws inspiration from the image of a voluptuous woman, her bosom bursting out of a corset.
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