15 Jan 2023 By May Ng

Sensational Contemporary Gastrobar room 3 Unveils within Tsim Sha Tsui’s Upscale H Zentre

Vibrant contemporary gastrobar room 3 has opened its doors in fashionable H Zentre in Tsim Sha Tsui. Founded and managed by dynamic hospitality management company Dining Art Group, the modern-day speakeasy is set to be a sensation with its amazing array of revolutionary cocktails and cutting-edge Japanese tapas.

Room 3

The chic gastrobar occupies two-thirds of a sprawling 3,000 sq. ft. dual-concept Japanese dining-and-imbibing destination which is divided into intimate aesthetic spaces for relaxed socialising. It opens hand-in-hand with sister hot spot KAPPOU MU offering an exquisite Japanese gourmet experience, and to celebrate their arrival, a 10% discount on all food and drinks at both locales can be enjoyed until 31 January 2023.

Kappou Mu’s

Sharing a stylish entrance and reception area, room 3 and KAPPOU MU co-exist in gracious harmony, with the vibrant urban gastrobar located to the right of the latter’s serene kappou dining counter. Coal black pebbles snaking across a dark-green floor underfoot, an atmospheric Japanese pendant lamp overhead and reflections of a bamboo forest on the lobby walls steer guests to their preferred seating in a choice of three eclectic interconnecting lounges.

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Award-winning interior design studio Minus Workshop takes the bamboo forest as its inspiration, weaving brown and natural tones across nearly 2,000 sq. ft. carved into a trio of distinctively themed spaces and moods. Contemporary international design and traditional Japanese aesthetics meet amid subtle motifs of bamboo and kabutomushi – the Japanese rhinoceros beetle named for the helmets worn by samurai. The samurai reference symbolises the strong hospitality spirt of the team as they aim to serve and please.

Kappou Mu’s

The first of the three zones, the ‘Akasaka Room’, is the biggest, and by virtue of its size, the liveliest. A statement bar spans one wall fronted by stools to sit and admire the interplay of the exuberant bartenders. A domed ceiling and mirrored stainless-steel spheres and surfaces allow the light to dance graciously back and forth. Classical Japanese architectural elements mingle with modern fixtures that hint of bamboo outlines.

The highlight of the more intimate ‘Ginza Room’ is a breath-taking central chandelier fashioned from sparkly brass, from which spills a dramatic ceiling-hugging spiral of bamboo-leaf forms. The ambience of this inner lounge is invitingly seductive – set with mirrored wall panels and crystal inlays that attract the light and heighten the chemistry between guests sat at voluptuously curved tables.

Secluded at the back of the venue is the ‘Roppongi Room’. The cosy, low-lit space is dressed with a long, leaf-patterned inner wall that evokes the feeling of hiding in the forest by starlight – a playground of nature, energy and adventure.

The sensory experience of the décor is matched by the wondrous cocktails whipped up by the talented in-house mixologist team. Premium liquors, fruits and other ingredients, many of Japanese origin, are used in concoctions that meld advanced cocktail technology with classic cocktail methodology.

Kappou Mu’s

A further page of cocktails embraces the classics and, in keeping with room 3’s speakeasy vibe, revamped favourites of the prohibition era. Naturally, there is a strong showing of premium Japanese whiskies as well as Scottish single malts alongside must-have brands of gin, vodka, rum and tequila to ignite all tastes. Plentiful wine and Champagne labels are also artfully curated by a bar team armed with credentials from the top joints in Hong Kong – such as MO Bar and Aqua.

Japanese tapas head the offerings and encourage sociable sharing. Delectable snacks include Sea Urchin Fish Balls (HK$88) of hairtail fish shaped to form sea urchins and boasting a soft, succulent uni centre. room 3 Cones (HK$88) – a standout trio of crispy cones bursting with mentaiko, Hokkaido uni and snow crab meat – stimulate the taste buds as the drinks flow.  Sakura Shrimp & Corn Cake (HK$48) and Deep-fried Japanese White Shrimp (HK$48) with fresh, sweet crustaceans from Toyama, Japan, also bring tastes of the sea. Another crispy deep-fried treat is the classic Japanese appetiser of Mentaiko Tofu (HK$42). Black Truffle Sauce Edamame (HK$38) and Seasonal Vegetable Chips (HK$48) – crispy yet healthy snacks fashioned from favourite vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potato from Japan – are perfect to munch in between sips of cocktails.

Kappou Mu’s

It would not be a lively Japanese watering hole without juicy, fragrant, freshly grilled yakitori. Minced Chicken with Japanese Egg (HK$48) is a house signature, highlighting the Hanamidori chicken from Kyushu, the tsukune packed with breast meat and cartilage and infused with the light crunch of Japanese leek.

room 3 is located at Shop UG01-03, UG/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; it opens from 4 pm to 12 am from Sunday to Thursday, and 4 pm to 2 am on Friday and Saturday.  It will close for the Chinese New Year holiday on 22 and 25 January 2023.