How does this project use dining as a medium of expression?
Dining is so much more than the food. For me, it’s about the environment, the design, and the feeling conjured through sense, taste and smell. That’s exactly what we do at Higher Order — it’s all about the senses. There are different ways to have that experience, here we’ve done it through visuals, steam, textures, the way you become completely immersed in food, culture, and art. Guests will be quite shocked and amazed; it’s so different to anything I’ve done before. You won’t know what to expect when you arrive — it’s full of surprises.
How did you create a sense of mystery through food?
If you look at restaurants like Matilda, it’s about smoke, fire and flame, which we deliver to the table. When you first enter, the fires are roaring, you can see and smell them. It was only when we built the restaurant that I actually understood that interestingly, you can hear the crackle of flames, the popping of embers, the duck roasting and the fat sizzling. That’s delivered in Higher Order through scent, smell, sight, with the added elements of colour and lighting.