From Revolving 66 to View62, the one constant at Hong Kong’s only rotating restaurant is that it continues to break the rules
Since the much-loved La Ronda literally disappeared from the Hong Kong landscape when the old Furama Hotel on Connaught Road was demolished about a decade ago, the Hopewell Centre’s Revolving 66 has filled the ‘revolving restaurant’ niche singlehandedly. Now a stately (for Hong Kong, that is) 32 years old, the long-time local and visitor favourite has been given a dramatic facelift by Ricky Hung of UN Design — and re-named ‘View 62 by Paco Roncero’.
Roncero is, of course, the two Michelin-starred Spanish chef who is perhaps molecular gastronomist Ferran Adria’s most famous follower. Fittingly then, Hung has taken the restaurant space on a seismic leap forward in terms of its design. “Most revolving restaurants around the world are nondescript with modest décor,” says the designer, who is also part of the team behind the restaurant designs of Isola, Va Bene, Zelo and Premier Wang Jia Sha. “We broke the rules and created something unexpected with a ‘wow’ factor.”
The enormous space has been broken into three different areas – bar lounge, main dining area and private dining. Guests first encounter an impressive 8m-long black marble bar, embossed with mother-of-pearl, while intimate lighting complemented by a state-of-the-art sound system create a laid-back ambience. View62 also incorporates a DJ booth, private dining and ‘Chef’s Table’ for exclusive tastings.
Read the full story, ‘Time for a revolution’, in the October 2012 issue of Perspective magazine!