Shop 5, 13/F Langham Place
8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok
Tel: 2148 1009
The vibe: there is no escaping the fact that the new Mong Kok branch of Wan Chai's Amici is in a mall. The faux outdoor seating and views looking down into Langham Place make for a disconcerting drinking experience. Amici also seems to have an identity crisis. Is it a sports bar? A pizza place? A family restaurant? That said, it is not unpleasant, just perhaps a bit confused.
The drinks: these were, for the most part, fine. None blew us away, but nothing left too bad a taste in our mouths, either. The Nothing (HK$78) was the most successful cocktail of the night. It was light and fruity with a good balance of coconut and pineapple. The Royal Bull (HK$72) was an odd but surprisingly effective mix of Red Bull and champagne topped with a ripe strawberry. The Long Island iced tea (HK$85) was passable but overpriced. My friend's frozen daiquiri (HK$68) was the biggest miss of the evening with hardly any flavour or alcohol to speak of. My friend commented that it tasted like sugared ice and we had to refer to the receipt to ascertain that it was indeed pineapple-flavoured.
The verdict: if you are worn out from shopping in Langham Place and need a drink or want to catch a game, there is no reason to avoid Amici. The drinks are fine, the prices are not unreasonable, and the service is well meaning, if spotty. There are better bars in Mong Kok, though.