Installation View, Roth Bar & Grill Pop-up Kitchen at COBO HOUSE, Hong Kong, 2019. Photo: JJYPHOTO

Mar 20, 2019

Hong Kong Pop-Up: Roth Bar & Grill at COBO HOUSE

A collaboration between Hauser & Wirth and K11

On the occasion of Art Basel in Hong Kong, Hauser & Wirth and museum-retail pioneer K11 will co-present the Roth Bar & Grill pop-up kitchen at COBO HOUSE, a cultural hub for the creative community in the Shek Tong Tsui district of Hong Kong. The week-long collaboration will be open to the public from 25 – 31 March 2019.

Roth Bar & Grill’s Hong Kong pop-up kitchen is inspired by the original Roth Bar & Grill restaurant located onsite at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts center on a working free-range farm in rural south west England. Roth Bar & Grill combines gastronomy with contemporary art and is a vibrant, informal and convivial eating-place, serving honest, simple and seasonal food with a focus on sustainability. The pop-up kitchen at COBO HOUSE will continue in this tradition, offering a range of dishes using fresh ingredients sourced locally from Hong Kong’s markets and suppliers – relocating Roth Bar & Grill’s renowned farm-to-table concept from Somerset to Hong Kong. Steve and Jules Horrell, the husband-and-wife team behind the Somerset restaurant, will be in residence at COBO HOUSE for the week of 25 March. During the pop-up, the venue’s usual Korean-infused European dining concept will be enhanced by a bespoke menu and cocktails derived from the flavors of Somerset, including: Homemade merguez sausage, flatbread, yogurt, pomegranate; Pork Milanese, celeriac remoulade, green sauce; Apple croustade, Somerset Cider Brandy crème fraiche, and Somerset Pimms.

Roth Bar & Grill, Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Photo: Aaron Schuman

Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Courtesy Piet Oudolf and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jason Ingram

Throughout the pop-up kitchen, visitors will find reference points that echo the experience of visiting Hauser & Wirth Somerset, reflecting its core belief in conservation, education and sustainability. COBO HOUSE’s walls will feature artwork installed salon-style, curated by K11 founder, Adrian Cheng and Hauser & Wirth President and Co-Founder Iwan Wirth to incorporate Hauser & Wirth artists alongside works from Adrian Cheng’s private collection – including paintings by Mark Bradford and Zhang Enli. This presentation is in homage to the original restaurant environment in Somerset, where the walls are adorned with an intimate and highly personal, salon-style array of works that intertwine with the themes of food, animals and the countryside. COBO HOUSE will also be transformed by flowers and foliage hung from the ceiling, in homage to the perennial meadow that sits behind the original farm buildings comprising the Hauser & Wirth Somerset galleries, designed by internationally-renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf.  Throughout the duration of the pop-up, selected works for sale from Hauser & Wirth’s contribution towards the COBO HOUSE installation, as well as additional works following the same themes, can be viewed in Hauser & Wirth’s online viewing room.

‘It is a beautiful marriage of art and immersive culinary experiences.’ —Adrian Cheng

The collaboration between Hauser & Wirth and K11 was borne from the shared vision of Iwan Wirth and Adrian Cheng – to cultivate an art-centric approach to life. Food comprises a pivotal element of the experience of Hauser & Wirth’s galleries, as it brings together a passion for art with an enthusiasm for hospitality, gastronomy, and, above all, community. Hauser & Wirth’s galleries in Somerset and Los Angeles both include integral restaurants conceived as social gathering spaces. Hong Kong-based Adrian Cheng introduced the world’s first museum-retail concept, K11 Art Mall, fusing together art and commerce. He continues influencing the world by setting game-changing standards in architecture, design, lifestyle, business and hospitality, such as the Victoria Dockside redevelopment project, a 3 million-square-foot art and design district that will redefine Hong Kong’s waterfront when it fully opens in Q3 2019.

Roth Bar & Grill pop-up menu. Photo: Leozting Visual. Courtesy COBO HOUSE, Roth Bar & Grill and Hauser & Wirth

COBO HOUSE, Hong Kong Courtesy, K11 Art Foundation

Iwan Wirth says the space is ‘a unique environment where visitors can be simultaneously nourished by art, nature, and food. We are bringing a small piece of Somerset to Hong Kong to create a vision of the space for our local gallery community in Hong Kong.’ Adrian Cheng of K11 shares these values: ‘The vision that drives Roth Bar & Grill perfectly synergizes with K11’s core values: Art, People and Nature. We are excited to team up with Hauser & Wirth to bring its acclaimed farm-to-table, cross-cultural concept to Hong Kong’s food scene in this unique collaboration. It is a beautiful marriage of art and immersive culinary experiences.’ – Roth Bar & Grill Pop-up Kitchen at Cobo House runs from 25 – 31 March 2019, with lunch service from 12 – 3 pm and dinner from 6 – 11 pm weekdays, and from 12 – 11 pm over the weekend. To reserve a table, contact Cobo House (+852) 2656 3088 G/F & 1/F, 8-12 South Lane, Sai Wan, Hong Kong The Roth Bar & Grill Pop Up Kitchen will be open for the duration of Art Basel Hong Kong.