Hong Kong – AQ Development (Asia) Limited – Vietnam, a subsidiary of Aquarius International Hospitality Development (AQI), the pioneering company specialising in high-end travel and hospitality experiences in Asia, is now giving customers the chance to bring the joy of world-class dining into the comfort of their own homes, with the launch of AQ-Gourmet.com, its virtual showcase of first-class gastronomy.
Opening its e-doors on 13th December 2020, this brand new online store will be a one-stop shop for all culinary connoisseurs in the region. Visitors can browse a broad selection of premium produce, including ocean-fresh seafood, prime cuts of meat, vibrant herbs, fruit and vegetables, specialist sauces and condiments, and much more, all sourced from trusted and responsible suppliers. Guests can then check-out and pay securely online, and have their shopping delivered straight to their doorstep.
AQ-Gourmet.com is not only a sophisticated supermarket however; it is a comprehensive marketplace featuring a wide range of ready-to-eat meals, perfectly prepared by in-house chefs, and meal boxes complete with recipe cards and all the ingredients you need to recreate restaurant dishes in your own kitchen. Still in need of some epicurean inspiration? The website will also offer a series of demonstration videos, providing step-by-step advice and professional cooking tips by top chefs. This makes it ideal for party hosts, special occasions, or anyone with a passion for fine food.
Premier and Diamond tier members of the AQ Privilege Club (AQP), AQP’s rewarding membership programme, can take advantage an exclusive E-Concierge service which lets them request bespoke ingredients. Are you trying to find a specific cut of the best wagyu beef or the highest grade Japanese tuna? Simply ask AQ Gourmet & Dine’s dedicated virtual concierge, who will strive to satisfy every request.
The introduction of AQ-Gourmet.com represents the initial phase of an impressive expansion strategy for AQ Gourmet & Dine (AQGD), Aquarius International’s food & beverage division, which will eventually create an extensive, regionwide ecosystem of products and services. The company is also planning to create a chain of AQ Gourmet & Dine Stores which focus on first-class ingredients from all over the world. These sleek and modern shops will feature market-style counters, open kitchens, sushi bars, interactive butchers, fishmongers with tanks of live seafood, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, natural wellness and spa products, and even Japanese knife stores, all displayed in eye-catching, open-plan galleries.
The inaugural AQ Gourmet & Dine Store is scheduled to open its doors in Ho Chi Minh City on 13th December 2020, and the company’s flagship stores in Bangkok and Shanghai are due to follow in the first quarter and second quarter of 2021 respectively. More stores are expected to be rolled out across the region in due course. AQGD’s growth strategy will then introduce new fine-dining restaurants and noodle houses to key Asian cities.
“It gives us great pleasure to reveal AQ-Gourmet.com, which will raise the bar for epicurean experiences in Asia. Working with leading culinary experts, from farmers, producers and suppliers to chefs, sommeliers and kitchen equipment specialists, we have compiled a definitive collection of gastronomic arts in an attractive, intuitive online showcase. This virtual store will reflect the style of our AQ Gourmet & Dine Stores, which will soon be unveiled in Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, and Shanghai. So whether you choose to shop in person or online, we look forward to making five-star cuisine accessible to all,” said Nixon Chung, Chief Operations Officer of AQI and AQGD.
AQI and AQ Development are no newcomers to the F&B industry; it already has a strong relationship with JCC, a major Japanese supplier with 25 years of heritage in the restaurant and catering sector and a portfolio of 45 dining establishments in Okinawa. As part of this relationship, AQGD’s Gourmet Stores will showcase a series of exclusive Japanese products, including mouth-watering Motobu beef and Agu pork.
To learn more about AQI or any of its investments and ventures, including AQGD, please visit Norcal Venture Capital Group (NVC)’s website at www.norcal-asia.com.