Who is Madame Fù
Madame Fù’s true identity is shrouded in the mist of time. Some say her mother was Macanese and her father Shanghainese. Others profess her lineage stems from a Siberian grandmother. However, what is not contested is her renowned beauty, independence, and unparalleled wit. Simply put, she was unlike any other woman of her time.
From humble beginnings, she rejected a pre-arranged marriage and escaped to the city when she was 16 to live on her own. From there she was led to Paris by a wealthy admirer, who recognized her cultural and intellectual curiosity, and sponsored her education in the French capital. It was there, in the late 1920's, that her love affair with the Grand Cafes began. These dazzling salons became places where friends could enjoy each other’s company as well as delicious cuisines. This romance with Parisian culture ignited her ambition to create a salon of her own.
Upon returning to Shanghai in the early 1930’s, Fù wasted no time in opening her own Grand Salon, entertaining artists, poets, and authors, while bringing in her unique style of elegance and hospitality.
At Madame Fù, we have recreated the style and tradition of this bygone era. Our restaurant, bar and private dining rooms are housed in the beautifully restored 1850’s colonial building in Central at Tai Kwun, overlooking the former parade ground. We invite our guests to enjoy a unique dining experience of Chinese cuisines and Western desserts and high teas, surrounded by contemporary art, in the ambiance of this historical setting, inspired by the legacy of one woman’s creativity.