SONG is the greatest Chinese dynasty that reigned from 960 to 1279, in the North as well as the South of China. It was synonymous with strength and power. This came from the inventions and breakthroughs devised by the great emperors during this three century reign. It was the first government in the world to issue banknotes, use gunpowder, indicate North and above all set up rice farming globally.
QI is an essential notion in the Chinese culture. It is the active principle forming and moving the universe and life. It can be found in any representation of nature and as an expressive notion of ‘breath’, ’spirituality, and ‘power’ in the Occident. It symbolizes currents and is associated with the number 3. In its sign form, Chinese people see the ’mi’ symbol that can be closely translated etymologically by «energy made by rice absorption».
SONG QI was born from the gastronomic union of three passionate restaurant managers, Alan Yau, Samuel Treves & Riccardo Giraudi. Alan Yau was born in Hong Kong and is internationally known for his starred establishments Hakkasan and Yauatcha. This association is aimed at providing Monte-Carlo the only offer that hasn’t been created before, a Chinese fine dining restaurant.
ALAN YAUA unique restaurateur of global recognition. A legacy of diverse and groundbreaking restaurants. The intuitive and instinctive vision is a gift. The ability to distill and pursue the vision, without compromise, is a honed skill. The result defines contemporary
food culture. Wagamama, Hakkasan, Busaba, Yauatcha and Princi are intriguing chapters in a continuing and complex story of culinary innovation and excellence. A career acknowledged with Michelin stars and an O.B.E. The real purpose for Alan Yau, however, is to intuitively create and realize restaurants which simply deliver, on every level, as close to perfection as possible. Restaurants which exemplify beauty, style and uncompromised quality, and demonstrate his intent pursuit of constant improvement and sublime, graceful evolution.
DESIGNTo reflect the Chinese gastronomy spirit, a magnificent combination of refined materials has been selected by the architects. With a predominance of black and white, the subtle touches of brass in the lightings and frames, as well as the silky green banquettes and chairs, bring warmth to SONG QI. The softness of velvet counterbalances the black marble of walls and tables. A tiled star stands out on the floor with its points undulating out across the room in tides of black and white. This intimate restaurant with its magnificent brass bar is the perfect combination between modernity, luxury and timelessness. All designed by Humbert & Poyet.