Baccarat, Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic, and Hong Kong’s Leading Nation Hospitality have announced a new chapter at the convergence of hospitality, design, and gastronomy with the opening of the restaurant Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic in Hong Kong this mid-November 2023.
Gerald Li and Kevin Poon, the two co-founders of Leading Nation Hospitality, will lead the restaurant collaboratively with the PIC Group consulting department. It will be located on the 44/F of Gloucester Tower, inside the most bustling artistic, culinary and lifestyle destination at Forty-Five in Central’s Landmark, Hong Kong.
Conceived by Gilles et Boissier, the famed Paris-based architecture and interior design studio behind the Baccarat Hotel in New York, the 40-seat restaurant will offer an exceptional panoramic view of Hong Kong’s internationally renowned Victoria Harbour.
At the entrance of the restaurant, a chandelier immersed in fire symbolizes the alchemy of bringing together the four elements – fire, air, earth and water- at the basis of all Baccarat creations.
“Forty-Five embodies a unique convergence of the culinary and creative arts and will define the next generation of hospitality. It is a great privilege and honour to be partnering closely with the legendary Chef Anne-Sophie Pic and the ultimate luxury brand, Baccarat, on this final piece of Forty-Five in Hong Kong to deliver an exceptional top-class French fine-dining experience to the esteemed guests of Hong Kong,” said Gerald Li, co-founder of Leading Nation Hospitality.
With almost 260 years of history and passion for excellence, Baccarat continues to enchant the world as the symbol of the art of celebration and French joie de vivre.
Through this milestone opening of the Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic, Baccarat is increasing its presence in Hong Kong while offering a unique and captivating experience.
“It is a great honour to partner with Anne-Sophie Pic, someone I have loved and admired for a very long time, to create a one-of-a-kind journey together with the professional direction of Leading Nation Hospitality, bringing light, joy and pleasure to our guests,” said Maggie Henriquez, CEO of Baccarat.
Anne-Sophie Pic, the chef of this new gastronomic destination, is known for her refined palate, impeccable balance, and striking flavour combinations, which achieve an extraordinary harmony between powerful tastes and their delicate expressions. Her unique legacy is built upon grace and boldness.
“I’m delighted to be opening a new restaurant in Asia together with the French Maison Baccarat and the Hong Kong-based hospitality group Leading Nation. After Singapore, I will continue my exploration of the Asian continent so dear to me, reappropriating and interpreting ingredients with French cuisine codes,” said Anne-Sophie Pic.
Pic, whose family history began over 100 years ago in the Valence region of France, is expanding around the globe, developing exceptional gastronomic destinations, as subtle as they are daring, that nourish the heart, the body and the soul. This new establishment joins eight restaurants worldwide from the group run by Anne-Sophie Pic and her husband, David Sinapian.
With the opening of the Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic, the restaurant’s passion, boldness, and virtuosity will come together to bring the French art de vivre to new heights. Baccarat, Anne-Sophie Pic and Leading Nation Hospitality are proud to achieve this wonderful dream.
Photography courtesy of Emmanuelle Thion, Aurelie Lamour and Kalel Koven.
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