Foxglove in Hong Kong celebrates the best of bygone eras

One of the more successful concept venues in Hong Kong, Foxglove is a revival of the roaring ’20s and dapper 1930s

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 April, 2017, 12:38pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 October, 2017, 12:42pm

Peek into a glass-fronted gentlemen’s boutique in Icehouse street, “established 1868”, and you’ll find more than a fox umbrella.

A fashionable front for Foxglove bar and restaurant, the shop swiftly opens into an eatery and speakeasy.

One of the more successful concept venues in Hong Kong, Foxglove is a revival of the roaring twenties and dapper thirties.

The superb interiors by NC Design & Architecture recreate Streamline Moderne - the art deco aesthetic with shapes and materials popular in 1930s ships, aircraft and architecture.

It’s a great setting for a lunch meeting, or post-work cocktail to start the evening - though the live jazz till late may well lure you in.

 

The executive lunch set menu offers two- and three-course options (HK$238 and HK$288), and changes every two weeks to feature seasonal ingredients.

We opted for the foie gras terrine and seasonal tomatoes and goats cheese salad to start, and went on to order the lamb chops and mussel linguini.

Served with a garlic butter sauce, the pasta was classically impressive.

Ending with the raspberry cheesecake – which we recommend – and a cheese platter, the set was portioned to pace the meal well.

The food may be French, but the cocktails take on a classic American touch. The bartender recommended a Madame Julep (cocoa-nibs infused Remy Martin VSOP, home-made mint syrup and dark chocolate garnish at H$150) and a New York Sour (Buffalo Trace Bourbon, egg white and a Claret float at HK$130). Neither disappointed in presentation nor taste.

Foxglove boasts an impressive Western and Japanese whisky selection, as well as a host of Cognacs.

There are two VIP rooms for those wanting a private affair: a 32-seater red room and an exclusive “secret library” with floor to ceiling bookshelves and cabinets of premium whisky.

Not yet two years old, Foxglove will appeal to lovers of all things old and grand. Celebrating the best of bygone eras, it might be the perfect place to spend the apocalypse.