The result? Diners gain a stronger connection to both the food and the art, say fans.
Here are some of the leading Hong Kong restaurants blurring the boundary between dining and art.
Using food as a channel to make visitors “feel” the message of art, Hong Kong artist and Rhode Island School of Design graduate Jennifer Chung founded Popsy Room in 2013.
“I never liked how unapproachable art appears to most people,” says Chung.
The dishes on Popsy Room’s eight-course tasting menu are each paired with a piece of art on the gallery’s walls.
The exhibition changes every third month.
She compares the process to the work of an art director.
“Visual artists are always touched to taste their own art,” she adds.
On a recent visit, the first dish we try is an interpretation of Japanese pop-artist Zane Fix’s piece “Rainy Day Woman.”
Ingredients include crab meat, smooth guacamole and chunks of mango, bringing to mind a soft summer rain.
It’s delicious, resembling its counterpart hanging above our table in both taste and appearance.
The tiny space has room for 26 guests and is hidden on Hong Kong’s Upper Lascar Row, home to kitschy antique shops and art galleries.