District: Central, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Contemporary Chinese
How much: Afternoon tea is priced at $250 for one and $450 for two
Must Order: For a quintessential Hong Kong experience, go for the afternoon tea set for two
The Best For: As the perfect East-meets-West spot, that encapsulates the charm of Hong Kong, Madame Fu is a great place to take visitors to. Though as it is open all day, it’s casual enough for a drink and some dim sum; though sleek and sophisticated for a special occasion dinner.
Sassy Tip: Looking for a space to book for a large group, or party? Madame Fu takes private bookings for all of its rooms.
Newly opened in the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts comes Madame Fu Grand Cafe Chinois; an East meets West restaurant, bar and all-day dining spot that is sure to be a hit with Hong Kong’s foodie crowds.
The sprawling space occupies the entire third-floor of the Baracks block, and the 8,000-square foot space is truly something to behold. In line with its unique setting, Madame Fu is something new for the Hong Kong dining scene – the East meets West approach we’re used to in this melting pot of a city – but it’s Madame Fu’s design that has caught our attention. Designed by Christian Rhomberg (of KEE Club fame), and inspired by European grand cafés, the glamorous space comprises of seven unique and intricately designed rooms. Each has its own distinct look and feel, with different art work and colour palettes used to give each space its own identity, though still retaining a certain togetherness across the restaurant as whole.
From the colourful wraparound verandah, with its velvet coaches, ornate lanterns and views of the Tai Kwun courtyard; to the cool and modern main restaurant, library, private dining rooms, and (our favourite), the perfectly plush, pink Pearl Room, diners are spoiled for choice when it comes to setting. All rooms serve the same food and drink menus, with dim sum available for brunch and lunch, a dinner menu, drinks and weekend brunch all available. Meaning you can take your pre-dinner drinks in the smart whiskey lounge, before moving in to the main dining room for your meal – with everything all under one very glamorous roof, Madame Fu is ticking a lot of boxes in our books.
The restaurant’s look certainly has a European feel to it, but the food served is a contemporary take on Chinese cuisine. Playing homage to grand cafes of old, Madame Fu intends to be a spot that is suited to any occasion and, with the help of its seven rooms, and it’s all-day dining hours, we’re sure it will be.
The menu features dim sum favourites, along with more formal main menu items available for evening diners; but we took to the Pearl Room to test out Madame Fu’s afternoon tea offering. Keeping things simple, the classic tea tower consisted of prawn and smoked salmon open sandwiches on the bottom layer; a lemon tart, green tea mouse, sweet black sesame dumpling and tapioca pudding on the second; and fresh fruit, a chocolate tart and a fruit and crème patisserie tart on the top. Priced at $250 for one, and $450 for two (including tea), we loved the unfussiness of the set; leaving the beauty to lie in its sophisticated appearance and the all-important taste. The price also includes a dim sum of the day, of which we tried the har gow. Presented alongside the tea tower in its own miniature steamer basket, the tea set again emulates Madame Fu’s over-riding East meets West approach, and the har gow itself was beautifully flavoured, letting the taste of the plump shrimp shine through.
Encapsulating the charm of Hong Kong’s unique fusion of East and West, Madame Fu is a great option to take visiting guests, to treat yourself to a special dinner, or to just enjoy an after-work drink on the verandah.
Author: Annie Simpson
Source: Sassy Hong Kong