New Yunnanese restaurant opens on the Bund
Having revolutionised Yunnanese folk cuisine for the contemporary urban palette, award-winning Shanghai restaurant Lost Heaven has launched a dazzling new lounge. The Lost Heaven Lounge is the place where martinis and minority cultures mix in China’s most pulsing modern city.
Lost Heaven was founded in 2006 by three ethnic Yunnanese brothers. Their objective was to introduce the cuisines and cultures of the 26 minority tribes along the Ancient Teahorse Trail between Yunnan and the mountain Mekong area to Shanghai.
“Originally our main focus was on dining, with a quiet bar for pre- and post-dinner drinks. But we found our patrons enjoyed the environment so much that we decided to launch a total lounge experience driven by the same unique Yunnan vibe,” says Lost Heaven Group General Manager, Peter Yin.
The Lost Heaven Lounge occupies the third and fourth floors of Lost Heaven on the Bund, just steps away from the iconic Bund riverfront. The four-storey destination restaurant and lounge offer stunning views of Shanghai’s celebrated skyline – plus one of the city’s finest landscaped terraces.
Every aspect of the Lost Heaven Lounge – from the seductive folk-chic design to the exotic cocktails blended with Yunnan tea and the tribal-influenced soundtrack – is a celebration of the minority Tibetan, Dai, Bai, Yi and Miao cultures of Yunnan province in southwestern China.
Dressed in rich ochre with flourishes of copper and silver, the interior design evokes a sense of the ‘Lost Horizon’ enchantment. A glowing centerpiece inspired by worshippers’ candles at the entrance to a Tibetan temple sets a mystical tone which is enhanced by antique prayer wheels and woodcarvings. Taking its cue from tribal Tiki bars, the innate sense of fun and friendly interaction make the Lost Heaven Lounge a memorable journey for all the senses.
The unique cocktail menu is imbued with modern mixology and traditional Yunnan ingredients. Gin and vodka martinis are subtly infused with Pu’er tea that has been specially blended by Lost Heaven at their tea packing house in Yunan. Guests can choose different blends of tea endowed with slimming, beautifying, energising or calming properties. Indigenous mountain herbs and spices from the Mekong region, like the fragrant willow leaf and coriander, add an exotic kick to some cocktails.
A selection of drinks is presented in traditional Yunan ceremonial style such as signature cocktails served in custom-made Scorpion bowls for sharing amongst friends and are set aflame at the table. Others are served in ceramic mugs inspired by the traditional wooden masks of the Yunnan minority people. When bringing this all together you could say that a new form of Tiki has been developed especially for this project.
The third floor features a resident DJ who mixes up an eclectic compilation of urban and ethnic-inspired tunes. In addition, performers from the Yunnan minority, resplendent in colourful traditional dresses and silver headgears, will present musical interludes and interact with guests. Lost Heaven is also producing its own music, with traditional Yi songs mixed with contemporary beats to create an ambient, down-tempo soundtrack.
Around 200sqm, the fourth-storey lounge features a private terrace and bar with a laidback, intimate vibe. This area also offers top-shelf spirits, making it an ideal place to impress important clients or guests. The third-floor bar and terrace and fourth-floor lounge can be booked for private events, complete with multifunctional set-ups, private DJs and Yunnanese cultural performances.
(Sources: Hong Kong, TDA)
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