A refined, fascinating place, conceived by the architect and designer Carlo Samarati, who had already been responsible for numerous stylish restaurants and hotels, Bon Wei was designed as a showcase for contemporary China, the like of which can be found in modern-day Beijing, or even London, Paris or New York, for that matter.
This is the new China, lucid and radiant like the lacquered panels that cover the walls of the three rooms; elegant, but not ostentatiously opulent, as evinced by the Indian marble that adorns the entrance and the original, street-facing powder-room – a million miles from the typical Chinese decoration, here seen only in the play of silkscreened mirrors. The small oriental garden is delightful and can be viewed from a window in the third dining room. The lighting design has been subject to a great deal of input, while the choice of knobs on the furnishings is playful – golf balls being used for the purpose.
A scintillating Marrone Custom Cooking kitchen, also designed by Carlo Samarati, has taken pride of place since September 2016.