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Product / ServiceRESTAURANT
CategoryA01. Corporate Identity Schemes
Entrant Company:SUBSTANCE Hong kong, HONG KONG
Design/Advertising Agency:SUBSTANCE Hong kong, HONG KONG

Brief Explanation

Hong Kong is known as one of Asia's key food capitals, famous for its huge variety of restaurants and for the discerning and particular consumer there are numerous dining options. With restaurants opening and closing every week the challenge was to create a strong brand story and look to cut through a crowded and cluttered market in order to make Madam Sixty Ate the preferred venue for a fantastic and fantastical dining experience. The aim was to make the customer say, 'There's this amazing, quirky restaurant in Wanchai. You've got to check it out.'

The Brief

The founders of Hong Kong restaurant Madam Sixty Ate derived the name from their address - Shop 8, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai. They wished to create a restaurant space that brought a quirky whimsicality that could be seen in all touch points with the customer, such as the cuisine, atmosphere and brand as a whole. With this as their only request they asked the agency to bring in their expertise and strong market knowledge to provide the best creative solution to 'make this restaurant stand out'.

How the final design was conceived

The agency decided to really emphasise the whimsicality and fantastical nature of the restaurant and its unusual pairings of food by giving 'Madam Sixty Ate' the identity of an eccentric and mysterious voyager who has travelled through parallel universes and used her discoveries to create the menu at her restaurant. The agency captured her amazing adventures and findings by creating various journal entries of her travels, illustrating and painting recordings of animal species she came across as well as developing the space as her apartment for people to drop by to listen to her unbelievable stories.

Indication of how successful the outcome was in the market

The concept has been very successful within just months of opening - several food reviews in print and online have included mention of the brand being based around a character and her journey, the eccentric Madam Sixty Ate. Feedback from customers has been positive with people not only being highly amused and interested with the Madam and her discovered species, but being able to link the brand story to both the food and the interior.


Name Company Position
Maxime Dautresme Substance Creative Director
Jeremy Huen Substance Senior Designer
Lynette Chiu Substance Copyrighter
Vincent Wong Substance Illustrator
Mandy Chan Substance Intern