Supernatural delights: hearty fare hits the spot at The Iron Fairies

Designer Ashley Sutton has chosen a winning theme here, inspired by his experience of working underground as a miner and his love of creatures mythical and magical

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 10:30am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 12:26pm

Designer Ashley Sutton has struck gold again - or in this case, iron. His newest hit bar is inspired by his experience as a miner and a trilogy of picture books he authored on iron fairies.

Here, the devil is in the detail. The décor boasts thousands of vials of fairy dust; welding tools on the walls; “furnaces” that can hold private parties, piles of fairies made of iron on each table; and 10,000 butterflies suspended from the ceiling that seemingly flutter and dance.

The food is also delicious - and very hearty, in typical miner style. The popcorn chicken with spicy aioli on the side (HK$98) was excellent, with its crispy exterior and soft interior. The bone marrow with home-made onion marmalade and toasted baguette (HK$158) was supple and the baguette was heavenly. The fried pork knuckle with picked vegetables with Thai chilli sauce and pickled mustard (HK$108) had a deliciously crunchy skin.

Our main was Binzy’s Australian burger with pineapple, aged cheddar, beetroot, bacon and fried egg (HK$138). The portion size was so big we had to split it. Dessert was honey toast with vanilla ice cream (HK$68); the bread was thick, dense and chewy, while the honey and ice cream were rich and sweet.

The cocktails are delightful. Naughty Girl Bellini (HK$130) with honey peach liqueur and Madagascar vanilla is sweet - and dangerous. Pink Tako, made with house-infused cranberry gin and cordial, yuzu, egg (HK$110), is enjoyable, and the octopus lends saltiness to the drink that brings a pleasant surprise.