The term “better late than never” has never proven to be more true than last weekend, when I gathered up a few long-time friends for a dim sum brunch at Duddell’s. I remember when Duddell’s first opened, it was all Hongkongers talked about. I had been invited to just one of the many opening events during their first few months. But due to a trip, sadly, I was not able to attend.
Fast forward 2 years. Finally. I arrived.
Actually, Francois and I were allowed a sneak peek a few months ago. But because it was just hours before opening that evening, and everyone was busy getting the rooms ready, and no one offered us any alcohol… I don’t consider that a real visit.
Founded by the same folks behind Classified and The Pawn, (other long time favorites of mine) Duddell’s pays homage to the traditional roots of Cantonese cuisine. Tucked away on a quiet dead-end street near Lan Kwai Fong district in Central, Duddell’s stands in stark contrast to the nearby hustle and bustle of downtown Hong Kong. Interior Designer Ilse Crawford, created a relaxed, non-fussy, unpretentious, homey-like atmosphere. If fact, entering Duddell’s is like being welcomed into the eclectic home of a well-traveled, seasoned art collector, one that just happens to have a two Michelin-star kitchen and a chic salon and terrace in which to entertain from. Despite not having my suitcase, (what was I thinking…?) I immediately proclaimed the space my new home away from home. Of course, there’s always something I would change with any space. Here, I would have used wood floors. The stone flooring offered no sound absorption, making it difficult to have a conversation without sounding mainlander-ish.
Ready for a tour?
THE SALON offers a clean and eclectic residential feeling. Think Tom Ford’s A Single Man, but in technicolor.
Let’s take a second look at that chair situation.
Have you ever seen anything more sexy?
THE LIBRARY offers a slightly more structured environment perfectly outfitted for business lunches.
THE DINING ROOM, comprised of three distinct spaces, is located one floor below the Salon and is entirely devoted to… well… eating dim sum!
Duddell’s art program is managed by a dedicated arts committee that ensures a constant flow of international modern and contemporary art to Hong Kong, many on special loan from the rarely seen archives of private collectors.
If you’re looking for simple… classic interiors, impeccable service and great Cantonese cuisine (made of quality ingredients) Duddell’s is your place. That is, when I’m not there.
Duddell’s | 1 Duddell Steet | Level 3 of the Shanghai Tang Mansion | Central | Hong Kong