The Team

The team at TokyoLima is peerless, having held positions in kitchens, bars and hospitality all over the world for many years. The team comes together at TokyoLima to bring guests the ultimate dining experience. Expect great food, great drinks and exceptional service.

Arturo Melendez

Peruvian Culinary Director

Hailing from Peru, Chef Arturo’s love of cooking began early when he spent his days with his Grandmother helping her around the kitchen. With a passion for the complexities and multiculturalism of Peruvian cuisine, Arturo was eager to bring the country’s unique recipes, flavours and culture to the world.

His travels have brought Arturo to South Africa, Hong Hong, Singapore and finally back to Hong Kong where he has helmed the kitchen at TokyoLima since March 2017. In 2019, he was made Peruvian Culinary Director at Pirata Group and has since implemented a new dynamic menu at Chifa. Arturo respects the traditional techniques and history behind each recipe, adding his own personal flair for food that is unforgettable.

Erik Kirakozov

TokyoLima Restaurant Manager

A natural leader and mentor, Erik frequently shares his industry insights with his colleagues and is first to tackle the challenges in Hong Kong’s fast-paced restaurant scene. With a passion for the Food & Beverage industry, Erik is generous with his knowledge of food and winemaking astute recommendations to our guests.

In 2010, he underwent wine and spirits training through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in Valencia and received qualification for Level 1 and Level 2. With past experience in managing outlets such as Gallery Restaurant & Bar in Valencia, Spain, Erik works hand-in-hand with his team at Tokyolima to provide guests with an unforgettable dining experience.

Allison Acuna

Bar Manager

Hailing from the sunny Philippines, Allison brings an air of vivacity and dynamism to the TokyoLima team. After working her way up the ranks of the bar scene, with prior experience at Alfie’s in the Landmark Hong Kong, Allison helms the bar at TokyoLima as a seasoned veteran of Hong Kong nightlife.

Creating a culture of experimentation is Allison’s goal for TokyoLima’s bar; she is dedicated to exploring new techniques and discovering fresh flavours using a variety of ingredients. Allison’s passion for artistry shines through in her mixology – her favourite cocktail, the Pisco Flower, is a complex combination of Pisco, peach and elderflower liqueur and ginger ale garnished with lemon and edible flowers.

Under her enthusiastic management, Allison is intent on bringing good vibes to TokyoLima’s lively atmosphere. With her love for meeting new people, Allison is sure to provide a unique and exciting bar experience for all those who visit TokyoLima.


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