After the success of Octavium, the owners of the celebrated Italian restaurant opens Nove Chinese Kitchen last month. Located on the ground floor of the narrow street in Central, Nove resides in a petite ground floor space with an unmistakable shop front where a gold-painted signature is hung above white-framed windows. The long stretch of restaurant space is designed by Albert Kwan, most notably celebrated for his interior design projects with Shanghai Tang. Kwan’s new project is a smaller space embellished with a few enlarged elongated red lanterns hanging from the high ceiling. The Chinoserie-themed interior design is coherent with the restaurant’s offerings: traditional dim sum and Chiu Chow marinated delicacies. The lighting can impart an orange, almost reddish hue throughout the room, but it is worth noting that the Chinese ink calligraphy painting stretched along the perimeters of the room near the ceiling gives the room a glamorous touch, while hanging mirrors and clean lines add a vintage feel to the space.
Lining the two sides of the restaurant is booth seating painted an auspicious shade of red. They may look comfortable but we learned first-hand the booth seating can be tight to seat four adults, leaving little elbow room. We prefer the tables set at the front of the restaurant, set against the floral curtains which added a contemporary Western touch to the interior.