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Hong Kong Mott 32 interior design
One room is called the Tangerine room due to its colour, continued from the walls onto the original vaulted ceiling. Photo Edmon Leong.
Mott 32 Hong Kong restaurant table and lamps
The wooden shades found in the main dining room take on the same octagonal shape as the rooms columns. Photo Edmon Leong.

The story is reinforced through graffiti and writing on columns, by people wanting to leave their mark, and objects from Chinese propaganda. There are five smaller rooms that accompany the principle dining room, each individually decorated with unique details, including hand-painted silk upholstery, antique furniture, collections of objects that could very well be family heirlooms, perhaps French from colonial Hong Kong. Chef Lee Man Sing was invited to guide Mott 32’s kitchen. With more than 35 years of experience behind him, the chef is known for his farm to table preferences and innovative touch on traditional dishes. Mott 32’s menu includes Cantonese dishes, dim sum, barbeque, all in family style dining.

Mott 32, a restaurant in the basement of the Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, is almost a secret, despite being in the city’s centre. Naturally, opening a location where there is no natural light is a challenge, but designer Joyce Wang used the unusual space to her advantage. To begin, the trip through a long and tortuous corridor was transformed into a sort of journey. The underground rooms tell the story of an imaginative warehouse that, over time, has hosted people and objects of every sort.

Interior of Mott 32 restaurant in Hong Kong
Mott 32’s principle dining room has high ceilings to reduce the sense of claustrophobia. The basement has no natural light source, so the lighting was studied in-depth in order to insure that different atmospheres were created during different times of day. Photo Edmon Leong.
Interior of Mott 32, designed by Joyce Wang.
The restaurant tells the story of the basement of an important bank building in Hong Kong and how it has evolved through time. We imagined its former life as a storage facility for family heirlooms forgotten by wealthy Chinese immigrants, and later as staff quarters for bank employees and guards.
Quote_Mott Chinese propaganda graffiti
Crispy Prawns, Pumpkin, Salty Egg
Crunchy shrimp, pumpkin and scrambled eggs. Photo Edmon Leong.
Barbecue Spanish Teruel Pork with Honey
Barbequed Spanish pig with honey. Photo Edmon Leong.
Plum Wine Poached Australian Pear dessert
A dessert of pears cooked in Australian wine. Photo Edmon Leong.
Mott 32 designer Joyce Wang and chef Lee Man Sing
MT HK Ice tea
HK iced tea. Photo Edmon Leong.
Kitchen with a view at Mott 32
The kitchen is in full view in the main dining room. Photo Edmon Leong.
vintage chinese furniture at Mott 32, Hong Kong
The interior is decorated with Chinese antiques, traditional pavement used in Hong Kong in the 50’s, objects associated with Chinese propaganda, Old English plates and tableware, and American lamps. Photo Edmon Leong.
reserved room at Mott 32, Hong Kong
Behind a chest door, another private room. Photo Edmon Leong.

Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong

Mott 32, a restaurant in the basement of the Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, is almost a secret, despite being in the city’s centre. Naturally, opening a location where there is no natural light is a challenge, but designer Joyce Wang used the unusual space to her advantage. To begin, the trip through a long and tortuous corridor was transformed into a sort of journey. The underground rooms tell the story of an imaginative warehouse that, over time, has hosted people and objects of every sort. The story is reinforced through graffiti and writing on columns, by people wanting to leave their mark, and objects from Chinese propaganda. There are five smaller rooms that accompany the principle dining room, each individually decorated with unique details, including hand-painted silk upholstery, antique furniture, collections of objects that could very well be family heirlooms, perhaps French from colonial Hong Kong. Chef Lee Man Sing was invited to guide Mott 32’s kitchen. With more than 35 years of experience behind him, the chef is known for his farm to table preferences and innovative touch on traditional dishes. Mott 32’s menu includes Cantonese dishes, dim sum, barbeque, all in family style dining.

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