Mean Little Noodle House Makes Big Impression
Small but inviting, Hong Kong’s Mean Noodles restaurant has earned husband-and-wife team Kevin Lim and Caroline Chou MArch 11 kudos for both its cuisine and design.
The enticing Southeast Asian dishes served up at Mean Noodles in Hong Kong are as aesthetically pleasing as the exquisite décor. Opened by husband-and-wife architects Kevin Lim and Caroline Chou MArch 11 in 2017, the restaurant in the city’s Sheung Wan district recently earned a Will Ching Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
As design director of the small, interdisciplinary design studio OPENUU Ltd, Chou is excited that Mean Noodles was also included in the 40 Under 40 list at Guangzhou Design Week 2018 and featured in Interior Design magazine.
“From the beginning we’ve done an industrial-chic, minimal look,” she says. “It’s what’s trendy right now—to be clean and modern.”
That approach definitely works in the 600-sf noodle house, which doubles as a showroom for potential OPENUU clients. The intimate space features concrete floors, an open kitchen, jade green tiling and patchwork tile mosaics suggestive of Asian batik patterns. Steel-frame chairs upholstered in golden canvas and industrial-style lighting complete the look.
Lim, a trained architect who moonlights as Mean Noodles’ lead chef, studied culinary arts in Boston before the couple moved to Hong Kong. Prior to joining OPENUU as a partner, Chou worked for Steven Leach International in Taiwan and CL3 Architects in Hong Kong.
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