La Vie En Rose: Designer Ashley Sutton has returned with his fifth Hong Kong F&B project in the last two years — Dear Lilly, a dreamy, romantic restaurant and cocktail lounge that’ll transport you to the boulevards of Paris.
Look & Feel: It’s difficult to have anything other than romance on the brain once you set foot in Dear Lilly. The entire restaurant is decked out in flowers, whether twirling a mesmerizing dance on the kinetic ceiling or overflowing from perfume bottles filling the shelves on the walls. Heart-shaped marble pieces are inlaid in the floor, engraved with excerpts from love letters, while intimate booths styled after jewelry boxes surround diners with velvet and vintage silver. The restaurant-slash-bar also boasts stunning views of the harbor thanks to glass walls, a spacious terrace, and a position perched on IFC’s rooftop.
On the Menu: The drinks menu is all about craft cocktails, most of which are inspired by 1920s French drinks. Think signature drinks created with French spirits and liquors such as Lillet Blanc and Lillet Rouge, Domaine Canton and Pere Magloire VSOP Calvados. More classic libations like Bellinis and Manhattans feature on the menu, too — garnished with edible flowers, of course. The food menu is comprised of contemporary Western fare, from slow-cooked octopus with roasted pepper salsa, rocket and seaweed hummus to New Zealand lamb cutlets.
Meet the Designer: Ashley Sutton is the award-winning designer behind local watering holes Yojimbo, Ophelia, Iron Fairies and J. Boroski — each with their own sumptuous, distinctive aesthetics that showcase why Sutton is easily a master of maximalism.
Great For: Dreamy date nights for true romantics; getting dressed up to the nines; striking poses for photos, photos, photos.
FYI: Dear Lilly’s decor was inspired by the florists of Paris.
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This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.