A pair of Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD) dragon reliefs on the facade of the Kuo building greets passersby and diners. Margaret Kuo commisioned these reliefs to Lung-kuang Yang, a renowned sculptor from Hangchow, to honor the Chinese name of her eatery on the Main Line, which translates into English as the “Dragon’s Lair.” She chose the simple majesty of an ancient version of a Han dragon devoid of modern embellishment to memorialize one of the Golden Ages of Chinese culture, known for its literature and arts.
The Dragon’s Lair
The Dragon’s Lair, her first floor dining room continues this theme, the bas-reliefs of horses on the wall are sculpted replicas of two of six reliefs ordered by Emporer Tai-tsung, founder of the Tang Dynasty in 618 AD – 907 AD. Along with the Tang Dynasty, the Han Dynasty was another golden age of Chinese history. These figures portray favorite mounts that Tai-tsung rode into battle to secure his rule and the empires borders. The priceless originals are part of the collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, in Philadelphia.
The Akari Room
To give her second floor Japanese room a contemporary interpretation of traditional Japanese architecture, Margaret Kuo commissioned a young architect Teruo Sakata of Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Sakata was chosen for his ingenious use of soft lighting as well as his mastery of Japanese architectural theory and practice. Unparalleled visual comfort is created when daylight is rendered delicate and subdued, and darkness is gently brightened with mild shading and soft tints. This is the essence of “AKARI” and the name of the dining room. This expression of old Japanese design, authentic yet refined dovetails with Margaret’s culinary philosophy. While you are appreciating the architectural details, you will be served a refined Japanese cuisine with all its complexity of flavors and ingredients that exemplify tradition and heritage.
Margaret Kuo intended that the Akari Room be a manifestation of the strong influence the Chinese Tang Dynasty exerted on Japan, in architecture, institution and cultural tradition.
Private Dining Rooms
At Margaret Kuo’s, larger parties can select several different dining rooms in which to enjoy their meal. Your group will enjoy the creative presentation of authentic Chinese fare in one of two beautifully decorated private rooms. Each room emphasizes the cultural significance of the Ming Dynasty and can be set up for parties of 15-30. Groups may also choose to dine upstairs at Akari, where you will experience traditional Japanese on the floor dining in one of the two intimate tatami rooms. Whether you select a Chinese or Japanese themed room, Margaret and her staff will ensure your party will experience a unique and memorable occasion.
Banquet Meeting Rooms
Margaret Kuo’s offers banquet facilities for your special event. The room can accommodate up to 175 meeting style and 125 reception style. In addition to private banquets, dinners, receptions and weddings, this ballroom is ideal for large corporate meetings as it is equipped with the latest audio visual equipment. There is a pre-function area outside the ballroom for those groups needing a registration area, as well as a bar area large enough for dual bartenders. Experience a truly authentic Asian atmosphere inspired by Margaret and created by her talented team of architects and designers. The staff will be pleased to create a custom menu for you, or choose from our standard banquet packages offering set menus of varying prices. Margaret Kuo’s can readily address any dietary requirements or restrictions such as gluten free and vegan concerns.
Private Parties & Corporate Catering
Margaret Kuo’s offers full catering for private and corporate clients. Our fixed price menus satisfy a variety of tastes and are well-suited for parties of 15-150. Beautifully served and always tasteful, let Margaret make your next catered event a success, or if the office gang is in the mood to order from the menu, Margaret Kuo’s offers free lunch delivery within a 5 mile radius on all orders over $75.00.
For more information about scheduling your private event, contact us using the form below, or call us at (610) 688-7200.