Occupying a former nightclub in Laval, a Québécois city next to Montreal, the alluring Miss Wong is a new Asian brasserie inspired by the urban exoticism of Far East Asia. Named after the famed 1920s and 30s Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong, the restaurant was designed by Montréal-based studio Ménard Dworkind Architecture & design (MRDK) as a reflection of the oriental exuberance of mid-century Hong Kong, albeit filtered through the kitsch aesthetic of Chinese-American restaurants from the 1970s, which the architects encountered when visiting the Chinatowns of San Francisco and Vancouver. Based on a modern-fusion menu led by the Vietnamese-Montrealer chef, Phong Thach, Miss Wong offers an immersive culinary experience of cinematic proportions.
Architects Guillaume Ménard and David Dworkind have taken advantage of the venue’s large central space to create their own nostalgic version of Hong Kong’s streets, complete with colourful neon signage, classic folding scissor gates, jade-patterned walls and hanging lanterns. Entering through a low ceiling vestibule where you pass through a vintage Chinese arch that frames a portrait of Miss Wong herself, the restaurant’s expansive 930 square metre space with ceilings that soar almost 7 metres in height is heady fusion of luxe woven into a modern yet classic hawker hall.