祖父是永安百貨創辦人郭順，自小於城堡似的別墅成長，家裡三日一小宴、五日一盛宴，錦繡紗羅，吃穿用度都是一等一的高級貨，她的童年過得有如現代林黛玉。這天來到郭志怡的精品餐廳SEVVA、精緻餅店Ms B’s CAKERY、C’est La B，品嚐到的並不止是精緻美味的精品蛋糕，而是延綿一個世紀的優雅香江回憶!
Scion of the Wing On Department Stores founder, Bonnae Gokson grew up in the salubrious surroundings of a large villa in Stanley by the sea. Growing up in a warm and splendid home with formal and causal living areas which resembled a grand house in a movie set, Bonnae’s childhood memories are filled with big family parties; since then a passion for the art of gracious entertaining was instilled in her. A truly fabulous lifestyle! Bonnae has created her very own empire of desserts and hospitality in Hong Kong, comprising Ms B’s CAKERY, C’est La B café and SEVVA.
「自小父親訓練我對顏色的敏銳觸角 ，母親則愛收藏瓷器、玉器、布料等，姊姊Joyce Ma又是東方代表時尚的名字及Joyce Boutique 的創辦人。至今我仍惦記着當年佈置優雅的家，以及我喜歡的餐具，如以白玉或24K金等製造的精品收藏。」對於擺設與美食，郭志怡一定要最好的：「家人教曉我對生活有要求，一定要追求最頂級及質素最佳的。」
According to Bonnae, an artistic streak runs in the family; “Since I was young my father trained my aesthetic sensibility and my mother had a very fine taste. My elder sister, Joyce Ma was the doyenne of fashion and founder of the JOYCE BOUTIQUES fashion empire. This upbringing has had a lasting influence; My family taught me to pursue only the best in everything.”
So, it is clear that Bonnae’s artistic tastes are inherited from her family, but what can account for her undeniable culinary prowess? According to Bonnae; “Good food at home was one of the most important things to me when I was growing up. Although we had plenty of staff around, my mother was a very good cook and meticulous with everything. I learnt a lot from watching her cook, as well as from our cooks at home.” It seems as though Bonnae has been a gourmet and a connoisseur since childhood; “I grew up in a villa by the sea in Stanley. I can recall wonderful memories of lots of our home’s signature dishes made by our chefs. I was always quite spoiled with my little steamed coral garoupa.” In fact, the staff even used to call her “The little cat who’d finish a whole fish so elegantly!”
Perched on the penthouse level of Prince’s Building, with an outdoor terrace and a stunning view of Victoria Harbour, SEVVA is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon tea. The desserts are all about fantasy, with names like Coco Cake and The Original Caramel Crunch Cake. Other delicious dishes include truffle scrambled egg on toasted Poilâne, foie gras, onion confit & Poilâne sourdough toast… all of them eminently tempting. And on top of all this indulgence, SEVVA has just been named one of the healthiest restaurants in the world by the healthcare giant BUPA Global.
Bonnae loves to see a perfectly-set dinner table. SEVVA’s table settings have an effortless elegance. Bonnae explains;“SEVVA’s crockery displays a confident sense of style, I choose the best crockery from Limoges, which is synonymous with fine bone china.” But providing perfection is no mean feat. Surely there must be temptation to cut a few corners in the name of profit? Not according to Bonnae; “SEVVA is what it is because I am very hands-on in my business and always love to refresh the place, be it with new artworks, beautiful floral arrangements, new crockery, updated menus…” the list goes on. But after all her hard work,Bonnae is simply glad that her efforts get recognition.
再聽Bonnae介紹精緻奪目的蛋糕森林，感覺有如進入了繽紛奇幻的童話國度：以路易十四啟發的Le Louis和他的皇后瑪麗.安托瓦內特的 Marie-Antoinette’s Crave，以高高的綿花糖拼製，既酷炫又新奇;濃巧克力微鹹太妃糖疊上一片紅唇，即成Better than Sex;堆滿金幣與金箔的巧克力太妃糖蛋糕，取名為 Million Dollar Truffle Cafe;巧克力蝴蝶在色彩斑斕的蛋糕上飛舞的，是Butterfly Kisses;還有堆疊盈山的覆盆子蛋糕，名叫Memoirs of a Geisha⋯⋯
Bonnae’s cake designs are exquisite, elegant and nothing short of intoxicating: Le Louis is inspired by Louis XIV, the long-reigning monarch known as the ‘Sun King’. Continuing the Versaille-inspired theme, Marie Antoinette’s Crave is inspired by the French queen. The two cakes feature baby blue and pink cotton candy respectively. The ultimate in indulgence, Better than Sex features sumptuous dark chocolate filled with toffee. Each cake has an evocative name that requires little by way of elaboration; Butterfly Kisses, Memoir of a Geisha…
Ms B’s CAKERY cakes are created to tempt indulgence and be totally satisfying. This is not necessarily an easy thing to achieve. On her creative method, Bonnae says; “My process begins with creating a harmonious balance with my team. They all apply their skills and I input my ideas to make the finished product more polished and refined. My philosophy is that all cakes must be delicious in taste and texture first before we think about the looks. We always remind clients of our principles before a bespoke order is created.”
地址 Address: 香港中環遮打道10號 太子大廈25樓
25/F, Princes Building, 10 Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong
電話 Tel: +852 2537 1388