I have been known to choose a restaurant for its interiors… I’m a sucker for a good looking venue. However if the food isn’t up to scratch, I won’t go back. 208 on the other hand, is a firm favorite. Set back from the main street on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, I instantly fell in love with this place- its dark paneled ceilings (a bold move for any interior especially when the ceilings are not particularly high), its bold, over sized, Chinese blue and white pattern wall tiles, carrara marble bar, beautiful fixtures and fitting, and awesome capsule chairs almost like private booths sitting at the front on street level. What makes 208 different in Hong Kong is that it is open to the street- you feel connected to the real world. This is rare out here with so many venues being tucked away on floor 17 of a building.
The reason I keep going back is the delicious food. An Italian inspired sharing menu, delicious wines, and scrumptious cocktails.
Its the first over seas project by Turkish based interior design firm, Autoban, who chose to fuse different styles from the west and from the east. And boy does it work. They have won numerous awards with this project including Elle Decoration China’s’ Best Restaurant Award.