Artistic Dining: The lynchpin of the new K11 Musea “Opera Theatre,” Artisan Lounge is a classy little lounge where visitors can bask in the mall’s design-forward ambience.
Look & Feel: Created by a young team at LAAB Architect, Artisan Lounge is decidedly futuristic – and dare we say, very designed for Instagram-loving millennials. The space is split across three areas – a cafe, a well-stocked bar, and an elegant boutique. Inspired by Art Deco design motifs, the area features dark colors punctuated by geometric shapes rendered in bronze hues. In a surprising feat of design (and engineering), a number of features have been created by 3D printing, including the trays on which the afternoon teas are presented.
On the Menu: You’ve probably already heard all about the eye-wateringly extravagant afternoon tea served at Artisan Lounge. Priced at $1,688pp, the MUSEA tea set is arguably Hong Kong’s most controversial foodie offering in the last few years. You’ll need to try it yourself to judge if a whole lobster and generous lashings of caviar and truffle are worth it. What’s not spoken about, though, is that the eatery also offers the more affordable ARTISANAL afternoon tea, which is priced at $690 for two.
If you’re here for an actual meal, the a la carte menu is available all day and boasts some quirky gems. The Sakura Prawn ($338) was good, though the inclusion of a Chinese-style bao bun was confusing; while the Home-made Truffle Raviolo ($228) should rightly have been called a pumpkin raviolo. Our favorite dish was the Lobster Mafalde ($438), where the perfectly al dente pasta was the perfect foil for the succulent lobster. In all honesty, we went in with no expectations and – for the most part – were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food.
Jeng: Every detail at Artisan Lounge, from the space to the food, has been created with design at the forefront. Everything here looks really good – and will look even better on Instagram.
Not So Jeng: While the food was surprisingly decent, each dish had elements which were somewhat confusing or unnecessary – plus, it’s pretty expensive.
Great For: Taking that perfect #instafood shot.
FYI: The boutique across from the main space does takeaway coffees and sandwiches.
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