Maison Meiji

Unite Unit found a balance of old world charm and modern sophistication, highlighted by low lighting and a variety of seating options at the Maison Meiji.

  • area / size 26,910 sqft
  • Year 2022
  • Location Hong Kong, China,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • Maison Meiji, a new retro-inspired restaurant housed in a historic tong-lau in Wan Chai, brushes shoulders with the impactful western influences of Meiji Restoration and Taisho period’s ephemeral romantic glamour in a time-travelling experience that showcases the warm and honest flair that once defined the Showa era.

    Tucked away in a revitalised Grade II building in the secluded Mallory Street, the eclectic dining hotspot serving refined Western-Japanese cuisine is a celebration of an all-encompassing experience of Japan’s transformative Meiji era. Most original architectural details of the revered site such as the tactile red bricks and sculptural arches are carefully preserved to acknowledge the building’s heritage and character.

    The eatery-bar-cafe features five alluring rooms and an open area where the spirit of cultural exchange is gracefully crowned, each designated as an open bar, a dining area, a VIP room, as well as a music bar dedicated to vinyl records. Unite Unit has skillfully mastered its signature blending on materials for an ambience that feels authentic to the historic location pampering through bold wooden structures, Japanese wall coverings, European lighting fixtures, wood carved furniture, nostalgic appointments, solid wood bending, and illuminated panels covered in Japanese washi paper. The design team also overcame the challenges, without utilising a single nail or glue on all walls and ceilings.

    The open area where you can indulge in freshly brewed coffee and tea employs a sophisticated design scheme composed of wood, touches of stainless steel, green glazed tiles to create a quaint and intimate atmosphere that allows the Showa influences to shine. Conjuring up a strong sense of place, the illuminated curved canopy is inspired by shōtengai, the Japanese local market streets. The dynamic installation also adds layers of translucency and dimension to the space.

    Design: Unite Unit
    Photography: Steven Ko