The name Mott 32, chosen for this restaurant in Hong Kong, where late-nineteenth-century industrial New York style blends smoothly with colonial style furnishings, refers to the address of the first Chinese convenience store that opened in 1851 in what was to become the famous, lively Chinatown neighbourhood of New York. So the concept of Mott32 restaurant is a sort of celebration of the culture and culinary tradition of New York, which thanks to the courage of people and families such as the one that left town way back in 1851 to move to the USA, have turned Chinese cooking into a global phenomenon.
The young Hong Kong designer Joyce Wang – who at 31 has already won the Inside Festival Award, which she received in 2013 for the Ammo Bar project in Hong Kong in the category Bars & Restaurants, and the HD Award 2013 created by Hospitality Design Magazine – has turned the basement of a former bank into a restaurant arranged into five private dining rooms attractively furnished in colonial style,
with a collection of family heirlooms and centuries-old Chinese promotional objects.
Even the difficult access to the restaurant, located at the end of a winding road with numerous bends, has turned out to be a winning feature, because it raises customers’ expectations and makes the place more exclusive.