Pottinger Street (砵典乍街) is of historical and cultural significance. The street is named after the first governor representing the British Crown during the colonial area. It is paved unevenly with stone slabs, and such unique structure led to the well-known alias “Stone Slabs Street” (石板街). The street’s heritage importance is embodied in “Pottinger”, a Hong Kong style cafe (“CHA CHANG TENG”) filled with colonial colour.
The restaurant has one storefront located inside the shopping mall. Another storefront features floor-to-ceiling glass walls with a height of 3.5 metres, offering a panoramic view of the street. The full-height glass walls that let in natural light are a key element of design aimed at making diners feel like enjoying English afternoon tea on their “small verandas”. The electrical and mechanical installation is located above the “small verandas”, and the lowered ceiling is hidden behind wooden louvers that, together with the British style low railings on the “small verandas” and green decorative elements, create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere in the restaurant.
Fine lines of brass that match the dark grey wood finish are on cupboard doors, shelves and walls to display an elegant, retro style. Other materials widely used during the old days of Hong Kong also play a part in this restaurant, such as washed granolithic for wall finish, steel window frames in murky green, and paint in vanilla colour. The “small verandas” are also decorated with a number of wall paintings that depict Hong Kong’s customs and practices in the old days. The paintings take diners to a time tunnel, through which they return to the old days to experience the then ambience.