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

Executive Chef

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.

Luis Diez

TokyoLima Operations Manager

Drawn to the hospitality industry at the age of 16, Luis was captured by a love for meeting people, building relationships and seeing the many happy faces of his customers. After working in the busy restaurants and tops bars of Madrid, Ibiza and London, he looked for new opportunities and challenges to learn and grow further afield which eventually brought him to Hong Kong.

At home in Pirata Group’s inviting and approachable environment, Luis brings his lively energy, enthusiasm and humour to the team, ensuring everyone that enters feels relaxed and welcome.

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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