The Wonder Room In Hong Kong Is An Experimental Pop-Up Art Installation Meets Teahouse
When was the last time you ate dinner inside an art installation? The Wonder Room is The Peninsula Hong Kong’s version of an artpiece-turned-restaurant where calm, escapism and indulgence form the backbone of the experience; a place where you can leave behind, however briefly, the drudgeries of real life and be submerged into an alternate world. Created by Lu Zhi-gang, founder of the Shanghai-based design studios MINAX and MINAXDO, The Wonder Room is a masterpiece brought to life by clever woodwork within a self-contained, box-shaped space.
Diners are invited to enter the room through a dim, curtained-off portal via the hotel’s commercial corridor. Once inside, you’re asked to switch your shoes for a pair of soft slippers, before being led into the heart of The Wonder Room, where varying lengths of cedar wood form the gentle, curved trajectory of an egg. A single wooden table is at the centre, just large enough to accommodate four diners. Lu envisioned the room as a quiet space for enjoyment and contemplation, far removed from the disruption and chaos of city life.
Complementing the experience is the soothing sound of a gong bath, performed by master gong player Malbert Lee, and a "zen-inspired" set menu with dishes such as slow-cooked salmon with caviar and beurre blanc, and poached lobster with lobster royale and samphire. At the end of the meal, a small tea ceremony is performed in front of you, the server emerging from the darkness to carry out their duties framed by the circular entryway of The Wonder Room.
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While it would be tempting to make a solo pilgrimage here and be lost in the sounds, sights and tastes of The Wonder Room, reservations are only available for a minimum of two people and a maximum of four, at HK$2,888 per person. The experience is on from now until June 21, 2019 and requires 24-hours advance reservation.
The Wonder Room, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; peninsula.com