Exclusive Interview: Davide Guidi, Director of Restaurants and Events, The Murray, Hong Kong

Perched on the rooftop of The Murray, Hong Kong, Popinjays is a new and unique dining and bar destination that offers unparalleled 270° views of the cityscape and surrounding parks. We asked Davide Guidi, Director of Restaurants and Events, The Murray to tell us about this fabulous new foodie destination.

Popinjays serves modern European cuisine in a contemporary glass-walled dining room while the bar offers creative cocktails crafted by our team of mixologists. Seating 114 guests, the purpose-built restaurant is accessible by two glass-walled elevators from the 25th storey of the hotel. For guests seeking an intimate dining experience, The Aviary is a private room ideal for business gatherings, celebratory occasions or exclusive dinners for up to 20 guests.

The restaurant and bar were designed to reflect Hong Kong’s vibrant, cosmopolitan style, the lifestyle destination is designed to attract the city’s flamboyant, fashionable crowd throughout the day and late into the evening.

Where does the name come from?

Popinjays, a term once assigned to parrots, takes its name from the resident cockatoos along neighbouring Garden Road, Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Naturally drawn to being part of a flock, and rarely flying solo, the habits of these birds embody Popinjays’ sociable spirit.

The afternoon tea at Popinjays sounds fun and interactive; can you tell use more?

The Popinjays Afternoon tea puts a playful spin on the traditional afternoon repast which is very popular in Hong Kong, as in many cities around the world. At Popinjays, guests are treated to a burst of flamboyant colours and flavours in the savouries and sweets presented. A highlight of the afternoon is the serving of the Popinjays Signature Scones which come in two favours, Cherry Jubilee or Blood Orange, and ambéed tableside.

Tell us about the gastronomy on offer in Popinjays.

The culinary brigade of Popinjays is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Didier Quennouelle. A native of France, chef Didier brings his 25 years of expertise and knowledge of French techniques to the table, rendering seasonal ingredients into creative modern dishes.

Can you tell us more about your “Birds of a Feather” menu?

The Birds of a Feather menu is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. It is designed to promote a convivial dining experience with appetizer and dessert platters to be shared as a couple. Diners may select their individual main courses and separately, there is an option to have the menu paired with our sommelier’s selection of wines.

Photo: Davide Guidi, Director of Restaurants and Events, The Murray, Hong Kong