Ashley Sutton Unveils an Ode to Romance at IFC Mall 


Ashley Sutton, the award-winning designer behind Hong  Kong  nightlife  hotspots  Ophelia,  J.Boroski,  Iron  Fairies  and  Yojimbo,  is returning to the city to open his most ambitious project yet: Dear Lilly. Located in a stunning  glass-walled  space  on  the  roof  of  IFC  mall,  Dear  Lilly  is  a  romantic restaurant  and  bar  inspired  by  the  dreamy  hole-in-the-wall  florists  found  along  the most  beautiful  boulevards  in  Paris.  As  with  all  of  Sutton’s  other  projects  in  Hong Kong, Dear Lilly is a collaboration with restaurant group Dining Concepts, who have consistently  brought  Sutton’s  bold,  breath-taking  ideas  to  life,  turning  them  from sketches on paper into some of the most striking restaurants and bars in the city.   


A  tribute  to  love  and  romance,  Dear  Lilly  is  a  floral  wonderland.  Floor-to-ceiling shelves  in  the  restaurant  are  crammed  with  vintage  perfume  bottles  brimming  with flowers and hundreds of bouquets hang from the kinetic ceiling, which gently sways the garlands. 


“Dear Lilly is unlike anything I’ve ever done before,” Sutton says. “It’s an incredibly enchanting space filled with flowers, love letters and charming antique ornaments that I’ve sourced from around the world. I want people to step inside and feel like they’re in a fairy-tale.”      


As guests are led to their table, they will see striking heart-shaped marble inlays set into the floor, which are engraved with extracts from touching love letters. From their tables, guests can then look down at the marble tiles and read these moving letters over a drink or meal. 


After reading thousands of love letters from throughout history, Sutton decided to fill Dear Lilly with extracts from love letters sent by soldiers to their sweethearts during World War I and World War II. The name of the restaurant, Dear Lilly, came from one of these heart-warming letters.  


Love letters and poems scrawled on scrolls of paper are piled on the bar alongside vintage,  black-and-white  photos  of  couples,  giving  guests  the  chance  to  discover stories and secrets of past loves in every corner of the floral wonderland. The bar and mixologists’ workstations are also decorated with antique typewriters, rolls of ribbon and other charming knick-knacks.   


For romantic meals and private tête-à-têtes, diners can request to be seated in one of Dear Lilly’s intimate booths. Designed to be supersized versions of vintage jewellery boxes, Dear Lilly’s booths are heart-shaped steel structures that completely ensconce the diners. Sutton has specially treated the metal to give it the appearance of tarnished sterling silver, which makes the intricate booths look like they’re from another era. Inside, the sumptuous seats are wrapped in luxurious velvet.  


The staff’s outfits also enhance the atmosphere of a magical, romantic garden. Some wear smart button-up shirts decorated with  intricate embroidery, while others  glide through Dear Lilly in elegant, Victorian-inspired dresses. Mixologists are decked out in vintage aprons with magnifying glasses, antique scissors and other knick-knacks poking out their pockets, while waitresses wear whimsical flower crowns.   


The cocktails and food at Dear Lilly are just as impressive as the décor. Alongside classic cocktails such as Bellinis, Sazeracs and Manhattans, Dear Lilly’s mixologists serve a selection of signature cocktails. Highlights include the Green Fairy, a sweet mix of Matusalem Platino Rum, green Chartreuse, yuzu juice, pineapple juice, and coconut  water;  the  Mad  Enchantment,  a  refreshing  concoction  of  Pere  Magloire Calvados, Lillet Rouge, apple juice, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and blackberry puree; and  the  Mademoiselle Lilly,  which  features  vodka,  Kwai  Feh  liqueur,  Lillet  Blanc, cranberry juice, lime juice, raspberry puree and homemade hibiscus.  


Historic  French  cocktails  from  the  1920s  inspired  many  of  Dear  Lilly’s  signature drinks, several of which also feature French spirits and liquers such as Lillet Blanc and Lillet Rouge, Domaine Canton and Pere Magloire VSOP Calvados. To match the restaurant’s  décor,  the  cocktails  are  garnished  with  edible  flowers  and  sprigs  of lavender. On top of its selection of cocktails, Dear Lilly stocks a range of beers from several leading breweries. These beers can be enjoyed on Dear Lilly’s terrace, which has sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.  


Dear Lilly serves contemporary European cuisine, with particular attention paid to the flavours of the Mediterranean. The restaurant offers both a set lunch and an a la carte menu.  Available  as  either  a  two-course  or  three-course  meal,  the  set  lunch  is  the perfect choice for business executives.  


Highlights of the a la carte menu include Slow-Cooked Octopus with Roasted Pepper Salsa, Rocket and Seaweed Hummus and the sumptuous Seafood Platter with Oysters, Mussels, Shrimps, Crab Salad, Baby Calamari and Octopus Carpaccio.  Dear  Lilly also  offers  a  selection  of  salads  and  the  Curly Kale Salad with Quinoa, Dry Seeds, Red Radish and Orange Vinaigrette is one of the chef’s own favourite dishes.  


Mains include the classic Italian Puttanesca Pappardelle, which is accompanied by olives, capers, anchovies, olive oil and Parmesan. Two further standout mains are the New  Zealand  Lamb  Cutlets  served  with  your  choice  of  sauce  and  sides,  and  the Poached Sea Bass with Herb Crushed New Potato and Salsa Verde.  


Dinners à deux are not complete without something sweet to share after your meal. At Dear  Lilly,  guests  can  choose  between  a  Berriolette Dome,  served  with  chocolate streusel,  berries  and  fluid  gel;  Dear Lilly Heart,  an  indulgent  raspberry  and  white chocolate dish; Chococaramel Tart, accompanied with milk whip ganache, sable and caramelised nuts; and Apple Yuzu Cremeux with hibiscus and passion mint.  


Now the only question is: which special someone will you invite to Dear Lilly?  


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Dear Lilly

Address : Shop 4010, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central District, Hong Kong , ,
Telephone : (852)27716060
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