Giorgio Armani, the famous fashion designer, and Hong Kong hospitality giant Aqua group have forged an alliance like no other, forming Armani/Aqua – a hybrid, flashy restaurant of Italian and Japanese specialities and Armani/Prive, a nightclub attached to the restaurant section.
Trying to be a venue in which is seen to be the be all and end all of the fine dining, toast worthy drinks, sophisticated night club and fun and relaxing lounge experience right in the heart of Central, Hong Kong, it remains to be seen whether both concepts will endure the notoriously fickle Hong Kong landscape.
Having their grand opening on Thursday 15 September, 2011, both restaurant and club where heaving with a variable assortment of finance and socialite types. The champagne ran out very early on, but this did not stop those in attendance from (gasp) taking part in the cash bar.
Armani/Privé’s terrace in particular is a wonder to behold and my best bet to withstand any foreclosures. It spans 5,000 square feet in the heart of the city famed for its skyscrapers and would be a perfect after work drink venue for the many cashed up bankers in town looking to impress out-of-town clients.
Armani/Aqua, meanwhile, has one of the most glorious entrances I’ve ever seen with a hall of mirrors restaurant entrance complete with your own red carpet, perfect for all the narcissistic souls in Hong Kong.