Back in September of 2016, we announced the iconic Murray Building’s plans to relaunch as a luxury hotel — formally named The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel — in the fourth quarter of 2017. Part of Niccolo Hotels (sister brand to Marco Polo Hotels), the flagship property is the third to open under the Niccolo name, following the first in Chengdu, and its 336 guest rooms and suites will be spread across 25 floors.
In addition to relaunching as a world-class hotel and business and leisure destination, The Murray is also primed to become a new dining destination, giving Hong Kong gastronomes a new place to enjoy high-end Cantonese fare, fine wines and elegant European cuisine. Here’s a first look at the F&B offerings taking shape at this new lifestyle and dining hub, which is on track to open later this year.
Guo Fu Lou
In a partnership with Fook Lam Moon Restaurant Group, The Murray will be home to a new outlet of Guo Fu Lou, a fine dining Cantonese restaurant founded in 2010. After a few relocations around town — including most recently at The Empire Hotel in Wan Chai — Guo Fu Lou will set up permanent residence in its new home across from The Murray entrance, serving up traditional Cantonese recipes updated with modern tweaks. Signatures include the baked stuffed crab shell, fried lobster with black bean chilli sauce, barbecued suckling pig and baked chicken in rock salt.
Set up in a two-storey pavilion adjacent to Cotton Tree Drive, Guo Fu Lou will feature interiors by Andre Fu of AFSO design studio, with the 90-seat venue boasting a modern, contemporary-chic setting juxtaposed with traditional Asian elements. Guests who prefer a more intimate setting can also opt for one of the private dining rooms, accommodating between 6 and 40 guests for private parties and functions. Meanwhile, a sprawling terrace offers 48 additional seats beneath the hotel’s courtyard heritage tree, a distinct feature amongst traditional Cantonese restaurants around Hong Kong.
The Tai Pan
Providing a contrast to Guo Lu Fou’s traditional Chinese setting is The Tai Pan, a sleek, contemporary European bistro set to be a stylish all-day dining spot. Offering a power lunch menu for busy, on-the-go executives, the menu will showcase a range of modern European-influenced dishes. Located on the Garden Level (UG/F), The Tai Pan focuses on seasonal creative menus featuring fresh imported and local produce, as well as an extensive wine selection curated by the hotel’s resident sommelier.
The Tai Pan is also where hotel guests can enjoy a full international breakfast buffet, served up in a classy setting punctuated with geometric lighting fixtures, gold and metal accents and plum-red furniture. The restaurant seats up to 66 guests indoors, with an additional 48 seats outdoors offering views of Cotton Tree Terrace for breezy al fresco dining.
A casual, after-work drinking destination, Murray Lane is outfitted in a masculine aesthetic, catering to the area’s finance and banker crowds with a strong selection of craft beers, premium spirits and wines. Happy hour will be the main attraction here, with well-made drinks paired with gourmet small plates — an ideal pre-dinner gathering spot for kicking off the night in style. In addition, Murray Lane will serve a small but sweet selection of lighter lunch options, alongside premium teas and artisanal coffees for anyone needing a mid-day pick-me-up.
It wouldn’t be a high-end Hong Kong hotel without an excellent afternoon tea offering, a purpose that the Garden Lounge seems to be expressly built for. Open throughout the day and serving a posh afternoon tea set, the verdant venue encompasses a cosy terrace for indoor and outdoor dining options, with views overlooking the manicured Murray Lawns.
The contemporary afternoon tea here is an ode to the popular Hong Kong tradition, featuring delicate sweet and savoury bites accompanied by a selection of Champagnes and specialty wines from the hotel’s well-stocked cellars. For those dining outdoors, neighbouring Hong Kong Park provides a backdrop of green to transplant you straight from Central’s hustle and bustle to an oasis of tranquility.
Murray on The Roof
The pinnacle of The Murray’s F&B offerings, Murray on The Roof soars above Hong Kong with a panoramic view of the skyline, boasting a 355-sq.-mtr., 120-seat lifestyle and entertainment space with a dining area, private dining room, bar and rooftop terrace. Set to be the area’s new premiere nightlife destination, Murray on The Roof will serve up a rotating menu of seasonal menus, shared platters and tapas inspired by global cuisines, alongside an extensive selection of craft cocktails from the city’s top mixologists.
On the rooftop terrace, guests can mingle and toast glasses of Champagne in a landscaped garden setting, with the Hong Kong skyline serving as a backdrop for everything from wedding receptions to high-end brand launch parties. A rotating list of international guest DJs and in-house entertainment will contribute to the party vibe, making Murray on The Roof a solid alternative for those keen to avoid LKF’s nightlife scene. For an even more exclusive experience, guests can book out The Aviary — a private dining space enclosed in a glass facade which accommodates 14 guests at a time.
The Murray, A Niccolo Hotel, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 7232