Tai Kwun - where to eat
23 May 2018
Update: Café Claudel, Madame Fu - Grand Café Chinois and Phoenix Sweets are now open. The other restaurants will gradually begin operation later this year.
Opening on 29th May, the restored Central Police Station (CPS) compound has been revitalised as Tai Kwun, a centre for heritage and arts. In anticipation of next week’s opening, let’s take a look at the lineup of restaurants set to open on the restoration site.
(Barrack Block, image courtesy of Tai Kwun)
Occupying the whole third floor of the Barrack Block, is Madame Fu - Grand Café Chinois, a restaurant, lounge and bar aiming to bring diners a unique dining experience reminiscent of the grand cafes of Paris and Hong Kong’s colonial past. Diners at Madame Fu should expect Cantonese cuisine with a selection of signature dishes from the Northern provinces of China. Dim sum, afternoon tea and western desserts will also be served.
Also to open in the Barrack Block is Phoenix Sweets. Previously located in PMQ, this Hong Kong online bespoke cake store will set up shop on the second floor. For a bite to eat, head to MaoMao Eat for quintessential Cha Chaan Teng bites, or Old Bailey for comfort Chinese cuisine with a Jiangnan flair.
(JC Contemporary, image courtesy of Tai Kwun)
Visitors looking to stop for a cuppa can do so while taking in the charm of Café Claudel, styled as a 1920s Parisian cafe, or sample quality Chinese teas at LockCha Tea House, both located in the Police Headquarters Block.
Aqua Restaurant Group has also just announced their projects at Tai Kwun. Set to open in September, two new restaurants and a connecting bar will occupy the first floor of the Headquarters Block. In the east wing, The Chinese Library celebrates the different regional Chinese cuisines loved by Hong Kong diners, drawing inspiration from the group's founder, David Yeo's vast collection of cookbooks. The west wing will house Statement restaurant serving innovative British cuisine, with The Dispensary, a lounge bar linking the two restaurants.
Also on our radar are bars, Dragonfly and Behind Bars - we can’t wait to see how the former police station is reinterpreted as Hong Kong’s hottest watering holes. For a virtual tour of Tai Kwun, check out our video here and remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates!