A former military explosives magazine, used by the British Army a century-and-a-half ago, has been totally renovated by renowned New York-based architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. It is now home to Asia Society Hong Kong Center, a museum and cultural complex.
The building also houses AMMO, a super-chic and über-cool eatery.
AMMO is a truly unique restaurant in an equally unique location but it is the décor and heritage surroundings that are the star of the show, although the food is certainly worthy of praise.
The spectacularly modern interior design is by Joyce Wang, who drew her inspiration from the historical, architectural and cultural significance of AMMO’s location. Wang was also inspired by the film noir masterpiece – Alphaville, a 1965 French sci-fi production from director Jean-Luc Godard.
The modern space is simply breathtaking: the glass cube-like structure has 8-metre ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass walls on three sides. With a plush green setting, the restaurant is nestled against a bountiful backdrop of verdant foliage. The glass construction looks like a high-end greenhouse.
The copper used extensively throughout is not only industrial, but luxe, too, and references the military past of the structure. With three sculptural spiral staircase chandeliers purely constructed out of copper plumbing pipes, a show-stopping Art Deco-style copper mural behind the bar, and a spectacular bunker-like ceiling, the décor is jaw-droppingly dramatic and theatrical. Diners are left discussing their interpretations amidst the historic setting.
As for the menu, it is sophisticated, elevated modern Mediterranean, with a hint of Asian. The restaurant specialises in handmade pasta produced fresh on-site from organic Italian eggs.
The tapas should not be missed.
Some of the standout dishes include Fennel risotto with scampi and fennel pollen foam, and Marinated eggplant with pine nuts, black olives and Moscato reduction.
An explosive mix of cuisine, design, and heritage, AMMO is a dazzling dining experience to savour.