Designer JJ Acuna combines modern simplicity with the warmth of home in Heimat, the restaurant of former Ritz Carlton Executive Chef, Peter Find. Serving Modern German Cuisine, the menu lists traditional home-cooked fare yet prepared in refreshing and inventive ways.
Heimat, which means “home”, paints a unique homey vibe side-by-side with the other establishments in Lan Kwai Fong. Celebrating Germany’s tradition and history with its menu choices, not to be outdone is the Heimat’s urban feel, which reflects the chef’s modern approach to well-loved dishes.
“When Chef Peter first told me about Heimat, my ears perked. He wanted a space where his childhood dishes and flavours can be reinvented for an elevated market and palate.”
To recreate the sense of home the designer studied icons of German Architecture.
“We considered the traditional Hausbarn structure - the concept of the family living upstairs and the farm animals downstairs. The restaurant’s parquet floor and the open kitchen reflect this barn concept.”
Fast forward to modern clean lines and elegant Architectural form, the designer was inspired by the Barcelona Pavilion of Mies Van Der Rohe. “For the private room we used finishes of stone, and for dining tables, it was designed with an aerodynamic cantilevering quality reflecting German engineering.”
Even the colours were a fun mix. “It was important to choose colours that Chef Peter is comfortable with. We used muted blue, navy, grey, beige, black, brass, and dusty orange. I think there's a certain masculinity, but overlayed with a sense of playfulness and joviality.”
Fine cuisine, comfortable space, and for the discriminating diner, the closest place to home.