Adrian Lo admits with a smile that Kasa brings together all the food that he loves to eat. The founder of Foodjoy Concepts opened the casual diner last summer with help from architect Kevin Lim, the founder of Open UU. Specialising in twists on familiar fare—think a refreshingly creamy dessert made with Yakult or bite size morsels of ceramic pot rice—Kasa is a 52-seat, all day dining restaurant with interiors that merge Hong Kong’s past and present seamlessly. “It’s homey dishes for the 21st century,” states Lo.
The most striking feature about the space is a full size wall mural by Hong Kong based Canadian graphic artist Peter Yuill. The one point perspective of a typical streetscape will seem as familiar to locals as their daily rice bowl. Lipstick red upholstered banquet seating reinforces the red on panels that were inspired by the temporary stalls found all over Mongkok. Bronze metal frames are decorated with grill patterns typical of tong lau windows, with operable windows along the façade’s open kitchen to allow for further transparency during Kasa’s opening hours. There is a large 60-inch round table set into a semi-circular window with views out to Harbour Road and a private dining room that seats 10 people.
Above the long banquet opposite the kitchen is an equally long vintage mirror set against Shanghai grey brick just like in grandmother’s home. It is capped with an open shelf featuring an assortment of nostalgic kitsch including retro posters and canisters. “We asked people to lend us their personal collection of Hong Kong collectibles,” says Lo.
Comfort Food, Take Two
Hot on the heels of Kasa’s success, Adrian Lo opened a branch in Central to focus on healthy veggie and fibre-based Asian dishes intended for take away. Designed by Kevin Lim’s younger brother, architect Vincent Lim, the new branch is a two storey, 800 square foot space open for lunch and dinner.
G/F, 61 Wellington Street, Central