Hong Kong design agency Substance has added another innovative urban hospitality project to its growing portfolio. Named Paradis, the 62-seat restaurant and cosy bar evokes a colonial French-Caribbean theme celebrating its tropical fusion and creative spirit with a moody palette of rich textures and earthy tones offset with soft brushed gold finishes.

The designers took their cue from the Haitian goddess of the moon, Mawu, referenced in quirky bronze-clad lamps and custom-design rum bottles sporting tops shaped like the waning moon.  Classic laid-back Caribbean vernacular is also on show with simple yet elegant timber louver-screens that add privacy between dining booths.  Walls hand-painted with a tropical jungle mural add an exuberant colourful background to the low-lit space. ‘We envisaged Paradis as a place for the curious diner, the modern adventurer,’ explains Substance founder Max Dautresme. 

With an in-house DJ, adventurous cocktail menu created by mixologist Alexandre Chatté, and an unpretentious menu featuring the likes of slow-cooked Iberico pork chop with candied yams, it’s no surprise Paradis draws a style-conscious French expatriate crowd keen to escape the madding crowds at the ubiquitous bars lining Wyndham Street a few floors below.