18 Jan. 2018 - Events
It was a crisp, cold winter evening as the sun went down over Seoul, but things were about to heat up, as we celebrated the grand opening launch party of Timothy Oulton’s first gallery in Korea.
We’re thrilled to announce the official opening of Gough’s on Gough; the first restaurant by Timothy Oulton. Located next door to the Timothy Oulton gallery in the bustle of Gough Street, Hong Kong, Gough’s on Gough is a modern British restaurant that exudes style, craftsmanship, hospitality and charm.
Tim Oulton has always been driven by a passion to create inspiring spaces where people can connect and have a great experience. Rooted in the idea of “handcrafted hospitality”, the restaurant is a natural extension of this philosophy. A sumptuous cavern of crystal, marble and leather, the decor at Gough’s on Gough is a feast for the senses, just like Timothy Oulton’s stores. Most of the pieces have been custom-made especially for the restaurant, but embody the same relaxed yet sophisticated style found in the Timothy Oulton collections.
Following a soft opening in July, Gough’s on Gough officially launched this month with a special dinner for around 30 guests, including VIP customers, from both Timothy Oulton and Gough’s on Gough, interior designers, partners and press. The crowd arrived at the Timothy Oulton gallery to mingle over champagne, cocktails and canapes, and immerse themselves in the heartland of the brand.
Talented Bar Manager Alex Ko was on hand to whip up the libations. A graduate in Aerospace Engineering, Alex discovered his true calling after writing a thermodynamics paper on the bartending technique of hand-carving ice-spheres. Alex followed his passion to Hong Kong where he now heads up the two bars at Gough’s on Gough. Guests were treated to a signature Victory Gin cocktail, created in memory of the great British icon Sir Winston Churchill. As the clock struck eight, everyone was led next door for the evening to begin.
Gough’s on Gough’s assault on the senses starts at the front door, where you are greeted by “Derek the Diver” in a 1940’s deep sea diving helmet and vintage Russian diving suit, surrounded by Amazonian red-bellied piranhas in a custom built aquarium. Stepping over the threshold, optical Roman-patterned marble walls and flooring cover the ground floor bar area in a mesmerising display. A central floating spiral staircase in marble and brass draws your gaze up but tells nothing of the space above. Ascend the moonstone steps to reveal the main restaurant and bar, where the intrigue continues.
On the first floor, an illuminated moonstone bar takes inspiration from the Art Deco period, handcrafted using herringbone K9 glass and brass panels. Glamorous and captivating, the bar is completely one of a kind. Rich hand-tufted leather banquettes and marble dining tables with brass inlay convey a heady sense of romance and occasion. The intimate space is refined and sophisticated yet the atmosphere is not stuffy, it is fresh and lively, comfortable and inviting, with new details discovered around every corner.
As guests made their way upstairs, Restaurant Manager – and maestro of a warm welcome – Jonathan Jones helped them to their seats at the beautifully laid tables. A mix of upbeat classics and jazz played in the background, candlelight flickered from collected vintage trophies and conversation flowed as easily as the fine French wine being served.
In house head chef, Arron Rhodes had prepared a decadent six-course meal for the evening:
Opening Night Menu:
Beef Pop Shot
Sour dough / Guernsey butter
Purple corn / Avocado / Kaniwa / leche de tigre
Langoustine/ Melon/ Cauliflower/ Tarragon
Lamb / Garlic / Carrot / Edamame
Barramundi / Broccoli / Caviar / Shellfish
Lychee Garden; vanilla bean mousse, ginger bread, lychee sorbet and passion fruit
A Brit with international experience, Arron has previously worked in Michelin-starred restaurants from Europe to Latin America and Asia. Focusing on simple and authentic fresh ingredients of select provenance, the menu at Gough’s on Gough is anchored in a strong modern British cooking philosophy, while exploring other international influences.
As the end of the evening drew near and sweets and coffee were served, insights on the culture of service were being swapped across the table. Sophisticated without being stuffy, the refined backdrop created an inviting and comfortable atmosphere to break bread with our treasured guests. It was a fitting way to begin this latest chapter in Timothy Oulton’s quest to revive the lost art of hosting.
If you are visiting Hong Kong we’d be delighted to welcome you to Gough’s on Gough. For more information and to make a reservation here.