It’s been exactly 10 years since renowned French chef Paul Pairet moved to Shanghai to open Jade on 36, an avant-garde restaurant in the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel. Paul was first noticed in paris at Cafe Mosaic and is no stranger to creating World renowned fine dining restaurants which in fact has recently won him the Inaugural Lifetime achievement award by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
After 4 successful years at Jade on 36 Paul had more ambitious plans which would re-define fine dining. His goal was to create a broad menu of high-end French dishes, served through his own interpretation of the sharing concept, reaching a broader range of diners.
In April 2009, Paul Pairet opened Mr & Mrs Bund which now sits comfortably in the World’s top 100 restaurants and 11th in Asia. In the beginning, Mr & Mrs Bund inherited a sound system from the previous tenants which did not sit well with Paul and his young team who all share a passion for music. Even thought the music was in good taste including music from all around the world with a french twist, the sound reproduction did not match the the excellence of the food and one could instantly feel the disparity.
Sennheiser were brought in after months of decision making to handle the design, installation and tuning of the new audio system lead by Marc Vincent and his team based in Shanghai, China who enjoyed the project even from a personal point of view.
"I must admit that I took it as a great honour, being myself a fan of Paul’s creative cuisine and the charming and relaxed atmosphere of the main dining room. I go there as often as possible. Now music can fill it’s duty and add to the dining experience, making the evening totally enjoyable."
Marc Vincent, President of Sennheiser China
The challenge was huge, the team at Sennheiser had to fill a room of more than 2,700 cubic meters in a 19th century historic building with smooth and ample sound during dining hours, then provide an alternative solution for the birthday parties and private events, even space jumping at night when the house DJ Amar Kabouche gets going. The answer was K-array.
By utilizing the 2-inch driver slim array technology, the entire restaurant is covered by 6 x KK102, 6 x KK52 supported by 4 x KMT18 Subwoofers (single 18 inch), one positioned in each corner of the main dining room and finally 4 x KU36 compact subwoofers (double 10 inch) hidden the sides of the room. The entire sound system is powered by KA10-10 four channel class D amplifiers measuring a mere 50cm (w) x 9cm (h) x 40cm (d).
The system is nearly invisible and blends into the architecture of the restaurant elegantly. The key is that the system an always produce high fidelity sound during all phases of the evening, starting from the quieter dinging hours all the way through to the late DJ. All providing a totally new experience for diners and supporting Paul’s vision for a modern eatery.