1/F Ho Lee Commercial Building
40 D'Aguilar Street, Central
Tel: 2522 1823
The vibe: classy but casual. We were greeted by a smiling waitress who was attentive without being intrusive. The service was excellent and efficient. A decent gastropub in LKF is a pleasing change - this one is relaxed and inviting, with soft lighting, ample space, and fresh flowers on its well-stocked bar.
The drinks: our helpful waitress took the time to assist us in choosing drinks, and told us the barman could make anything we wanted. The menu was diverse, with many unique and interesting concoctions. I chose the eponymous The Harrington (citrus fruits, sugar syrup, dark rum and soda, HK$80) to start, which was refreshing, despite the rum being a little overpowering. My friend's vanilla and spice mojito (HK$80) was perfect - a delicious blend of vanilla-infused rum (you could see the flecks of vanilla in the drink), spearmint, apple juice and fresh lime. The balance of flavours was spot on. Another friend chose Pimm's (Pimm's No1, chopped fruit, lemonade, ginger beer and fresh mint, HK$80) which was clean tasting, and not sickly sweet, as some versions can be. We also tried the kiwi martini (HK$80) and the Flirtini (HK$80), which also went down a treat. The maple syrup Manhattan (HK$80) was unusual and exciting. All of our drinks were well balanced - the perfect strength, with each flavour discernable. After-dinner cocktails are also on the dessert menu, including a tiramisu martini (HK$80), and there's also a good choice of dessert wines and cognacs. The regular wine list is diverse, with almost every wine offered by the glass. The food was also tasty and quick to arrive.
The verdict: it's hard to find fault here. It's neat and simple, with relaxing decor and warm, helpful staff, and there was a decent crowd, even at the start of the week. A great choice for cocktails, and somewhere you will want to linger.