Can you elaborate on the dynamic additions to Infinity Entertainment Group’s expanding portfolio and what you hope to bring to guests?
In Hong Kong, there’s never a lack of F&B outlets, but we’re confident that we can bring a differentiating factor to our guests in our premier locations, which includes Hong Kong’s first private champagne and cocktail lounge, TELLUS, Lan Kwai Fong’s newest and largest nightlife experience, C45, and also our latest omakase fine-dining restaurant, Sushi Yonjugo. We want them to feel at home and at their most comfortable whenever they visit any of our outlets. We strive to provide a great end-to-end experience, from the food and beverages to our chefs, bartenders, and service crew. We believe in our key principle, which is investing in people.
In particular, Sushi Yonjugo is the group’s first and newest premium omakase restaurant. Why did the group decide on an omakase restaurant, and what makes it stand out from others in the city?
Japan is very close to our hearts – in fact, one of the ventures of our parent company, LC Capital, is a hospitality property in Niseko. Our team have long been enthusiasts of Japanese culture and food. It seems fitting to bring Sushi Yonjugo to life. With Japan being geographically close to Hong Kong, the ability to obtain the freshest and most premium ingredients is also of key importance.
Within the authentically designed nine-seat restaurant on Staunton Street, Mid-Levels, we hope to connect our guests directly with Japan every time they walk through the door. Be prepared for an intimate night with our experienced chefs. We also hope to create an interactive environment not just between staff and guests, but also amongst the guests themselves. They will not only be satisfied with the culinary experience at the end of the night but will be able to bring home new knowledge and stories of Japan. The restaurant’s interior décor, including the centrepiece mural, will also be changing with the seasons, and guests can expect new surprises every time they walk through the door.
Do you have a milestone career moment? What have been some important lessons you’ve learned along the way?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is always to be ready to get out of your comfort zone. The world is evolving rapidly and one must adapt quickly to do better than just surviving. Empowering and grooming people to bring out their best is one important factor for the success of any organisation.
Previously, I walked my company out from their traditional distribution-focused model to take a more holistic brand management and distribution path, and successfully brought the company to greater heights. Similarly, for myself, I’m getting out of my comfort zone to achieve better accomplishments for myself and the industry – and I want to take this opportunity to thank the company for giving me the trust and opportunity to do so.
Looking ahead, what’s next for Infinity Entertainment Group and how do you see it evolving in the next year?
At Infinity Entertainment Group, we don’t just create outlets – we create concepts. We strive to be the industry’s best while bringing out the best in our talent. Keep your eyes peeled for even more Japanese concept outlets this year. We’re constantly looking for gaps to fill in the market to elevate the F&B scene in Hong Kong and our neighbouring regions when the situation allows. So, watch this space!