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Franck Muller opens a Maison for luxury and cravings

Its flagship store in HK comes with two new gourmet restaurants.

Situated at the new four-story maison of Swiss luxury young watchmaker, Franck Muller, are two new restaurants to satisfy your cravings. Found at the second floor is FRANCESCO by FRANCK MULLER which offers an Italian flare with a Japanese twist and on the third floor is EIGHTEEN SHARP which offers Chinese cuisine with a western identity. Both restaurants opened along with the Maison Frank Muller’s grand opening last June 27, 2014.

FRANCK MULLER®, founded by Mr. Franck Muller himself and watch manufacturing specialist, Mr. Vartan Sirmakes, have been in the watch industry since 1992. They now have more than 50 world premieres and patents, Frank Muller’s innovations and marvels of technical complexity harmonized by its aesthetic perfections have received with great enthusiasm by watch connoisseurs and celebrities alike throughout the world.

The first floor of the new maison in Hong Kong introduces two other brands, Backes & Strauss and CVSTOS, both are under FRANCK MULLER Group. Backes & Strauss creates jewelry timepieces from the world famous workshops of Franck Muller Watchland. CVSTOS is an independent brand and is known for its distinctive high-tech approach to design, a perfect balance between traditional watchmaking and state-of-the-art innovation.


Francesco aims to provide a remarkable experience in enjoying fine dining of the delightful mixed of Italian-Japanese culinary on the second floor.

“While Franck Muller has an extensive network of boutiques to meet its need to the watch connoisseurs, Hong Kong has always been known as the trendsetter of all. This time we are extremely excited and honored to be bringing in the very first fine dining concept within the watch industry. Our vision is to present our guests with an
impeccable luxury retail environment at our concept boutique, along with a paralleled dining experience,” said Kingston Chu, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Sincere Brand Management and Franck Muller Fine Dining Limited.

FRANCESCO by FRANCK MULLER marries the two cuisines – Italian and Japanese, which both are known for using fine ingredients. They are now combined to give the menu a new spin to the traditional dishes.

The restaurant’s interior design team seamlessly blends the chic yet traditional Japanese window at the ceiling to create the most comforting dining atmosphere.

Another signature to FRANCESCO by FRANCK MULLER’s design was the colorful environment, inspired by one of Franck Muller’s most signature collection, Color Dreams. Each of the chairs’ color represents the color on one of the index on the Color Dreams’ dial. It is also to add in the playful yet vibrant vibe in the dining experience for the customers.

FRANCESCO by FRANCK MULLER menu highlights

Sashimi Octopus Salad – A refreshing dish is made with fresh Hokkaido octopus, mixed greens and wasabi pickles with homemade basil dressing

Wagyu Oxtail Stew – A hearty beef stew infused with cherry tomatoes, aubergine and assorted vegetables; bringing out the richness of Italian cuisine

Linguini Topped with Scallop Au Gratin– Japanese mushrooms tossed in homemade tomato sauce topped with scallop Au Gratin, the strong earthy flavor orchestrates perfectly with the al dente pasta

Baked French Chicken Casserole – Served on top of Japonica rice, garnished with a touch of scallion and ginger

Desserts – The pastry chef uses the homemade approach to create a heavenly selection of desserts daily


Premium ingredients are used and delivered to prepare for every artfully curated dish at EIGHTEEN SHARP. Each ingredient is treated a crucial element to the masterpiece.

The menu of EIGHTEEN SHARP also identifies itself as synchronized with Franck Muller‘s craftsmanship as it promises every guest to bring the best to their table.

To experience the essence of the menu comprehensively, the restaurant has conveyed the lavishly decadent feast into set dinners starting from HK$680 to HK$1,888 per person. Inspired by both Western and Chinese dishes, the joining of the two are certainly bound to propel the meaning of contemporary Chinese cuisine to a whole new level.

The restaurant is decorated with hand-painted fan shaped leaves of a Ginkgo tree to induce peacefulness to the arriving guests, which also portrays a symbol of longevity, hope and resilience.

The tranquil dining area also provides a range of seating options for the intimate diner and party hosts, including plush cushioned chairs and a cordoned-off room for twelve to add privacy.

EIGHTEEN SHARP menu highlights

Baked prawns with French mustard seed and honey lemon sauce – a stunning dish that encompasses the freshness prawns, cooked with Japanese wasabi and sake, and finally glazed with a tangy sweet sauce topped with red peppercorn

Bamboo Glory – a smorgasbord of opulent Chinese delights, including shredded abalone marinated in lime and mustard sauce, Japanese Wagyu roll, fresh crab meat garnished with caviar and cauliflower and other selections to tantalize every taste bud.  

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