Ichu Peru — Hong Kong, China
It hardly seems possible that Hong Kong’s already heaving dining scene could sustain yet another restaurant, but the newly minted Ichu Peru in the shimmering H Queen’s tower is betting that locals will fall hard for its contemporary spin on Peruvian standards.
The cause is certainly helped by the deeply atmospheric interiors by Joyce Wang, the celebrated Hong Kong-based designer infusing the space with an almost magpie collection of colours and patterns inspired by the South American terrain – to whit, resin and granite alongside Calacatta Verde marble, fossilised stone, rippled glass, plush subway-tiled fabric, and an open kitchen clad in brass and chiselled timber.
The food and drinks menu conceived by Peruvian chef and restaurateur Virgilio Martínez Véliz is equally psychedelic, where the ‘El Milagro’ – a cocktail of mezcal, Amontillado and purple popcorn – is a lethal pre-prandial introduction to sea-bass scented with tamarillo fruit and ashed leaves, and snapper spiced with rocoto, a Peruvian pepper. §