Demonstrating the part both cuisines play in the concept of the restaurant, the name Mei Ume is inspired by the Chinese and Japanese terms for plum blossom. Head Chef Tony Truong, formerly of Royal China, will lead the kitchen team, supported by Sushi Chef Mun Seok Choi from Sake no Hana and Dim Sum Chef Liang Kian Cheng from Yauatcha.
The Mei Ume Bar will be a focal point for the restaurant, with a pavilion-style design featuring sleek custom lighting and glassware. Chef Mun Seok Choi will take the helm with a live sushi station, creating innovative dishes such as spicy tuna with karashi and parmesan flakes and BBQ wagyu beef with caramelised onions.
“Suspended between the first two pillars as guests enter the restaurant, is a panel featuring enamel paintwork on glass, inspired by Chinese and Japanese plum flowers”
The cocktail menu, inspired by the four key elements of traditional Chinese astronomy, will incorporate a number of western classics, adapted with a touch of eastern spirit. An extensive selection of sake, shochu and both Taiwanese and Japanese whiskey will be available, in addition to a wine list curated by Wine Director Jan Konetzki.
Overseen by Hong Kong-based designers AB Concept, the interiors of Mei Ume work harmoniously with the stunning architectural features of Ten Trinity Square. Ornate pillars running through the centre of the room create a subtle division between the 10-seat bar and lounge area and the 48-cover dining room.
Suspended between the first two pillars as guests enter the restaurant, is a panel featuring enamel paintwork on glass, inspired by Chinese and Japanese plum flowers – fusing the two worlds into one as a common language. At either end of the main dining room, unique three-layer gilded artworks depict a traditional Chinese banquet scene.
A palette of bold reds and pinks will enhance the vibrant restaurant and bar. Separated by a large embroidered silk lace panel, a private dining room seating 12-14 guests will provide a more intimate space for private dinners and events.
Opening alongside La Dame de Pic London, the hotel’s existing restaurant from acclaimed three Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic, and the Rotunda Bar and Lounge, Mei Ume is set to confirm the status of Four SeasonsHotel London at Ten Trinity Square as one of the best dining destinations in the City of London.