Dear Lilly is another design-heavy concept by Australian designer Ashley Sutton, with a pneumatic ceiling raising and lowering dried roses and wafting floral scents throughout the heart-shaped booths and script-font-laden floors. The restaurant can be found atop the al fresco area of ifc mall, which is always buzzing but usually lacklustre in terms of the F&B offerings, as evidenced by the public outcry when RED recently closed its unremarkable, but reliable, doors. Dear Lilly, we are happy to say, has some surprisingly delicious menu options. We say surprisingly because Sutton himself is mostly known for his bar concepts alone, and this is his first full all-day menu iteration. Despite the concentration put into the decor and design elements, the menu is both eclectic and delectable.
A spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine botanical apothecary
Curly kale salad with quinoa, red radish and orange vinaigrette ($128)
Slow-cooked octopus with roasted red pepper salsa ($128)
Puttanesca pappardelle with olives, capers and anchovies ($188)
Wild mushroom risotto with black truffle ($178)
Dear Lilly heart with raspberry and white chocolate ($88)
Chococaramel tart ($68)
Apple-yuzu crémeux with hibiscus and passion mint ($78)
Mademoiselle Lilly ($120)
Shop 4010, 4/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2771 6060
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